Professor Lecture Dinner - Business Model Innovation + Digital Disruption

Business Model Innovation and Digital Disruption

Inventing a new technology or a new product is hard.

Creating a new business model by comparison should be much easier and cheaper.

The challenge is few companies systematically practice business model innovation.


Professor Serguei Netessine, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Operations, Information, and Decisions department at Wharton, will talk about how to approach and think about business model innovation.


He’ll go through a number of examples where companies created new business models that revolutionized how business was done in their respective industries.


Professor Netessine will discuss comparative advantages and disadvantages of different innovation approaches and how you can innovate your business model.



· 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Networking (cash bar)
· 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Seated Dinner and Dessert
· 7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Club Business and Introductions
· 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm Presentation and Q&A
· 8:45 pm - 9:30 pm More Networking


$59 - Columbia Club of NJ Paid Member


$89 - Columbia Alumni
$99 - General Admission Guest - Non-Alumni


Serguei Netessine is Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, and Professor at the Operations, Information and Decisions department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and he was previously Timken Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD. He lived, taught and worked with companies in the USA, Russia, France and Singapore.

Prof. Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous organizations around the world including Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB and US Air Force. He is an active angel-investor in technology startups and he serves on advisory boards of multiple ventures around the world. Professor Netessine is a frequent speaker on innovation at global events including World Knowledge Forum (Seoul) and World Economic Forum (Davos). He recently served on The Future of the Economy Committee of Singapore government.

Professor Netessine has been the recipient of many teaching awards for delivering classes to MBA and Executive MBA students at the Wharton School and INSEAD, and he frequently teaches in Executive Education Programs. Prolific academic writer, professor Netessine holds senior editorial positions at several leading academic journals and he co-authored dozens of publications in prominent management journals, including Harvard Business Review. His work has received extensive media coverage in CIO Magazine, the Economist, Forbes, Multichannel Merchant, New York Times, US News and Strategy & Business and other media outlets. He is co-author of “The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company” (Harvard Business Press, 2014). His full list of publications, media mentions and industry activities can be found at
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Pines Manor
2085 Route 27, Edison, NJ 08817
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November 13, 2018 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Pine Manor

2085 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817
United States

$59.00 USD

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