David M. Knott Professor
Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management
Research Interests: competitive strategy, evolution of fit, firms as systems of interconnected choices
Address: 2211 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573-7137
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401
Nicolaj Siggelkow is the David M. Knott Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton. He studied Economics at Stanford University and earned an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University. He received a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. Professor Siggelkow has been the recipient of multiple MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Awards, including the Class of 1984 Award presented to the faculty member with the highest teaching rating in the MBA classroom, the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Teaching Award, the Wharton Award, and the Wharton Graduate Association Student Choice Award. His research has been published in the leading management journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Industrial Economics, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization. In 2008, he received the Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award for the most significant paper published in ASQ five years earlier. Nicolaj is a member of the Editorial Review Boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, and Academy of Management Perspectives.
His current research focuses on the strategic and organizational implications of interactions among a firm’s choices of activities and resources. In particular, his research has focused on three broad questions: How do firms develop, grow and adjust their set of activities over time? How does organizational design affect a firm’s ability to find high-performing sets of activities? What role do interactions among a firm’s activities play in creating and sustaining competitive advantage? To address these questions, he has employed a range of methodological approaches, including in-depth field studies of individual firms, econometric methods for large-scale data sets, formal modeling, and simulation models.
Awards And Honors
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
- Student-elected Faculty Marshal, 2011
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
- Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Teaching Award, 2010
- Student-elected Faculty Marshal, 2010
- Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award for the most significant paper published in ASQ five years earlier, 2008
- Class of 1984 Award (presented to the faculty member with the highest teaching rating in the MBA classroom), 2006
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006-2007
- Excellence in Teaching Undergraduates Award, 2005
- The (inaugural) Wharton Graduate Association Student Choice Award (for commitment to teaching excellence), 2005
- Class of 1984 Award (presented to the faculty member with the highest teaching rating in the MBA classroom), 2004
- Student-elected Faculty Marshal, 2004-2008
- The Wharton Award (awarded by MBA students to “the professor who has contributed the most to students’ experience at Wharton”), 2004
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003-2004
- Excellence in Teaching Undergraduates Award, 2003
- Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999-2000
In The News
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Knowledge @ Wharton
MGMT611 - Managing Established Enterprises
The management of large, established enterprises creates a range of multi-facet challenges for the general manager. A general manager needs to understand the internal workings of a firm, how to assess and create a strategy,an how to take into account increasing, globalization. While these issues are distinct, they are very much intertwined. As a result, this course will provide you with an integrated view of these challenges and show you that successful management in the 21st century requires a combination of insights drawn from economics, sociology, psychology and political economy.
MGMT613 - Career Planning
MGMT701 - Strategy and Competitive Advantage
This course is concerned with strategy issues at the business unit level. Its focus is on the question of how firms can create and sustain a competitive advantage. A central part of the course deals with concepts that have been developed around the notions of complementarities and fit. Other topics covered in the course include the creation of competitive advantage through commitment, competitor analysis, different organizational responses to environmental changes, real options, modularity, and increasing returns. An important feature of the course is a term-length project in which groups of students work on firm analyses that require the application of the course concepts.