Victor Seidel

Victor Seidel

Visiting Scholar

Babson College
231 Forest Street
Babson Park
Massachusetts 02457-0310 


Victor Seidel researches topics in technology and innovation management, with an emphasis on the evolving nature of the design process. 

He focuses on how managers, from those running start-ups to those in large R&D organisations, can best navigate from initial concept to final innovation. Increasingly, his work investigates how design teams use online communities as sources of continuous innovation.

He completed his undergraduate engineering degree at Cornell, an MBA at Cambridge and PhD at Stanford.  Prior to academia, he spent ten years with IBM Microelectronics in the USA and Switzerland. Achievements included several patents relating to semiconductor devices, managing the business planning department for a billion-dollar product division within IBM, and expanding the product marketing organisation in Europe.

A dual British-American citizen, he was a full-time faculty member in the strategy and innovation area at Saïd Business School before moving to Babson. 

Victor’s research is focused on how highly novel innovations are developed in organisations. Much of his work is field-based, drawing on research from a range of industries including consumer electronics, automotive, and medical device companies. 


  • Product design processes
  • Product innovation
  • Technology entrepreneurship
  • Online communities and innovation
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Service innovation



Victor conducts research on product innovation, product design, and technology entrepreneurship. 

Read Victor's research.


Victor teaches on a wide range of programmes, including undergraduate, MBA, doctoral, and executive education.

Most of his teaching has a focus on innovation, though he covers a wide range of related management issues. Victor was part of the team that designed popular courses in strategy and innovation for both MBA and Executive audiences.

Teaching experience:

  • Undergraduate tutorials: General management
  • Undergraduate tutorials: Strategic management
  • MBA: Entrepreneurship & technology ventures
  • MBA: Strategy and innovation
  • Executive: Strategy and innovation
  • Doctoral: Strategy and entrepreneurship

In addition to these courses at Oxford, he has been a visiting instructor at London Business School (doctoral seminar in organisation theory) and Harvard’s School of Engineering (Innovation in Science and Engineering). He was the first fellow of management studies at Trinity College Oxford and he maintains an association there as an honorary member of the Senior Common Room.