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Victor Seidel

Assistant Professor

Academic Division: TOIM
Gerber
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Bio

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 organizations, 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 Ph.D. at Stanford. Prior to academia, he spent ten years with IBM Microelectronics where he developed several patented semiconductor device innovations, managed the business planning department for a billion-dollar division within IBM, and expanded the product marketing organization in Europe. A dual British-American citizen, he was a founding academic director of the entrepreneurship and innovation center at Oxford’s Said Business School, where he continues to serve as a visiting scholar. In addition to his position at Babson, he is a TECH Innovation Associate of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His areas of teaching include Technology and Innovation Management and Product Design and Development.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Stanford University
  • MBA, Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge University
  • MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS, Cornell University

Academic Interests

Product design and development Online design communities

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Seidel, V.P., Langner, B., Sims, J.P. (2016). Dominant Communities and Dominant Designs: Community-Based Innovation in the Context of the Technology Life Cycle. Strategic Organization link
  • Seidel, V.P., Packalen, K.A., O'Mahony, S. (in press). Help me do it on my own: How entrepreneurs manage autonomy and constraint within incubator organizations. Research in the Sociology of Organizations
  • Langner, B., Seidel, V.P. (2015). Sustaining the Flow of External Ideas: The Role of Dual Social Identity across Communities and Organizations. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 32(4), 522-538. link
  • Seidel, V.P., Langner, B. (2015). Using an online community for vehicle design: Project variety and motivations to participate. Industrial and Corporate Change, 24(3), 635-653. link
  • Seidel, V.P., O’Mahony, S. (2014). Managing the Repertoire: Stories, Metaphors, Prototypes, and Concept Coherence in Product Innovation. Organization Science, 25(3), 691-712. link
  • Seidel, V.P., Fixson, S.K. (2013). Adopting Design Thinking in Novice Multidisciplinary Teams: The Application and Limits of Design Methods and Reflexive Practices. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(S1), 19-33. link

Book Reviews

  • Seidel, V.P. (2014). Review of "The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism" by Durand and Vergne. Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol 59, 31-34.

Conference Proceedings

  • Marion, T.J., Fixson, S.K., Seidel, V.P. (2013). Teaching Innovation: It's not the Course, it's the Curriculum. Proceedings of the 20th International Product Development Management Conference,

Presentations

  • The network structure of ideas and the evolutionary synthesis of breakthrough product concepts
    Gillier, T., Kazakci, A., Seidel, V., Piat, G. The network structure of ideas and the evolutionary synthesis of breakthrough product concepts 2016 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California (2016)
  • Design Myopia and Vicarious Learning from Good versus Bad Examples: Evidence from Creative Design Competitions
    Riedl, C., Seidel, V. Design Myopia and Vicarious Learning from Good versus Bad Examples: Evidence from Creative Design Competitions Copenhagen 20th Anniversary DRUID Innovation Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016)
  • Learning Curves for Design
    Seidel, V. Learning Curves for Design Mines Paris Tech Design & Innovation Seminar, Paris France (2016)
  • Crowdsourcing in the context of the technology life cycle
    Seidel, V., Sims, J. Crowdsourcing in the context of the technology life cycle Oxford conference on Organizing Crowds and Innovation, Oxford, UK (2015)
  • Using an Online Community for Vehicle Design: Project Variety and Motivations to Participate
    Seidel, V., Langner, B. Using an Online Community for Vehicle Design: Project Variety and Motivations to Participate 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver (2015)
  • Creating Space for Innovation: The Babson Design Zone 125
    Fixson, S., Seidel, V., Bailey, J. Creating Space for Innovation: The Babson Design Zone 125 Academy of Management Annual Meeting`, Vancouver, BC (2015)
  • Innovating how we teach innovation: experiments with new forms of courses and curricula
    Fixson, S., Marion, T., Seidel, V. Innovating how we teach innovation: experiments with new forms of courses and curricula 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Phialdelphia, PA (2014)
  • Network text analysis and the pre-history of a product market
    Seidel, V., Hannigan, T., Ventresca, M. Network text analysis and the pre-history of a product market 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Phialdelphia, PA (2014)
  • Taking the eyes off the prize: Recreational labor in innovation contests
    Seidel, V., Langner, B., Farchi, T. Taking the eyes off the prize: Recreational labor in innovation contests 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Phialdelphia, PA (2014)
  • Using an online community for vehicle design: Project variety and motivations to participate
    Seidel, V., Langner, B. Using an online community for vehicle design: Project variety and motivations to participate PVMI Research Meeting, Phialdelphia, PA (2014)
  • Taking the eyes off the prize: Recreational labor in innovation contests
    Seidel, V., Langner, B., Farchi, T. Taking the eyes off the prize: Recreational labor in innovation contests Open and User Innovation Conference, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Network text analysis and the pre-history of a product market
    Seidel, V., Hannigan, T., Ventresca, M. Network text analysis and the pre-history of a product market Boston College: Winston Center seminar series, Chestnut Hill, MA (2014)
  • Driving innovation in your organization: Five provocative principles
    Seidel, V. Driving innovation in your organization: Five provocative principles Raytheon, Waltham, MA (2014)
  • Competing with friends: A field study of community-based innovation contests at Threadless and Local Motors
    Seidel, V., Langner, B. Competing with friends: A field study of community-based innovation contests at Threadless and Local Motors 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Creating positive social identity in firm-hosted innovation contests
    Seidel, V., Langner, B. Creating positive social identity in firm-hosted innovation contests 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • From automobile to mobility: Innovation in the global vehicle industry
    Seidel, V. From automobile to mobility: Innovation in the global vehicle industry 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL (2013)