Faculty – Satish Nambisan

Satish Nambisan - , Design & Innovation
The Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professorship of Technology Management
Professor, Design & Innovation

Office Hours: By appointment only

Satish Nambisan, Ph.D. is the Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management in the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. His research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation management, and technology management & strategy. His current research focuses on platforms and ecosystems as venue for innovation and entrepreneurship; digital innovation; digital entrepreneurship; technology commercialization and open innovation; and customer co-innovation.

Dr. Nambisan's research has been published in a wide range of business journals including Management Science, Academy of Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He has authored several books in the area of innovation management and entrepreneurship including The Global Brain: Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World (Wharton School Publishing).

Prior to joining Weatherhead, Dr. Nambisan held faculty positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and at the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria.

In 2006, Dr. Nambisan was honored by his alma mater Syracuse University with the Martin J. Whitman Distinguished Ph.D. Alumni Award.

He speaks, consults, and conducts executive education both domestically and internationally in the areas of technology & innovation management, technological entrepreneurship and management, high technology new ventures, customer co-innovation, and new product development. He has delivered keynote addresses and thought-leadership presentations in the areas of technology & innovation management at various conferences and organizations. His clients include Microsoft, IBM, 3M, P&G, SAP, Sharp Laboratories, Singapore Telecom, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, ASAE, and the Philadelphia Science Center. Dr. Nambisan recently gave an invited Keynote address at a conference on Business Design, Innovation and Co-Creation organized by the Harvard Business Review in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Prior to joining the academia, Dr. Nambisan held executive positions at consumer-products conglomerate Unilever Plc in Mumbai, India.

PhD, Syracuse University, 1997
MBA, XLRI , 1989
BTech, Calicut University, 1987

Initially Appointed: 2017

Interests and Courses


Platforms and Innovation Ecosystems; Entrepreneurship; Digital Innovation; Digital Entrepreneurship; Technology Commercialization; Customer Co-creation


Innovation Management; Entrepreneurship; Technology Management & Strategy

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Nambisan, S. (2017).
    Digital entrepreneurship: Toward a digital technology perspective of entrepreneurship. (vol. 41, issue 6, ). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
  • Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K. J., Majchrzak, A., Song, M. (2017).
    Digital innovation management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world. (vol. 41, issue 1, pp. 223-238). MIS Quarterly.
  • Autio, E., Nambisan, S., Thomas, L., Wright, M.
    Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.