Victor Seidel is a faculty member within the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business group at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His areas of expertise include product innovation, product design, and technology entrepreneurship.
Dr. Seidel’s research is focused on how highly novel innovations are developed in organizations. Much of his work is field-based, drawing on research from a range of industries including consumer electronics, automotive, and medical device companies.
Novel ideas are plentiful, but converting them to actual innovations is difficult, with many potentially good ideas abandoned. How can managers and entrepreneurs improve the chances of having their novel concept developed into an actual innovation? Dr. Seidel’s research is focused on understanding how managers of organizations, from small start-ups to large R&D departments, can best move novel innovations from initial concept to market. Increasingly, his work is also focused on the role of how product development teams can make use of online communities within the product innovation process.
Dr. Seidel received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford, where he was an AIM Sloan Foundation Fellow. He has been invited as a visiting scholar at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, London Business School, and the Santa Fe Institute. Prior to his academic career he held management and technical positions with IBM.
A copy of Dr. Seidel’s c.v. can be accessed here.
At Saïd Business School, he is a Lecturer (the traditional Oxford term for Assistant or Associate Professor) on MBA, Undergraduate and Executive Education programs. Under the Oxford system faculty are associated with a department, such as Saïd Business School, while also serving as a Fellow of one of the colleges of the university; Dr. Seidel is a Fellow at Trinity College, and his web page at Trinity provides more information on undergraduate teaching (www.trinity.ox.ac.uk).
Areas of expertise include:
• Product design processes
• Product innovation
• Technology entrepreneurship
• Online communities and innovation
• Service innovation