Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch, PhD

Professor and Chair, Operations, Information, and Decisions, Wharton School
Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

Christian Terwiesch, PhD is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in and the chair of Wharton’s Operations, Information, and Decisions department, co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and also holds a faculty appointment at the Perelman School of Medicine. His research on Operations Management and on Innovation Management appears in many of the leading academic journals ranging from Management Science to the New England Journal of Medicine. He is an award-winning teacher with extensive experience in MBA teaching and executive education.

Terwiesch is co-author of Matching Supply with Demand, a widely used textbook in Operations Management, now in its third edition. Based on this book, Terwiesch has launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in business on Coursera. By now, well over half a million students enrolled in the course.

His first management book, Innovation Tournaments, was published by Harvard Business School Press. The novel, process-based approach to innovation outlined in the book was featured by BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, and the Sloan Management Review and has led to innovation tournaments in organizations around the world. His latest book, Connected Strategies, combines his expertise in the fields of operations, innovation, and strategy to help companies take advantage of digital technology leading to new business models. The book has been featured as the cover story of the Harvard Business Review and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Thinkers 50 award, the “Oscar of Management.”

Dr. Terwiesch has researched with and consulted for various organizations. From small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, he has helped companies become more innovative, often by implementing innovation tournament events and by helping to restructure their innovation portfolio. He holds a doctoral degree from INSEAD and a Diploma from the University of Mannheim.

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