Faculty Profiles

Victor Seidel

  • Associate Professor
  • Weissman Foundry Faculty Fellow
Academic Division: TOIM
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Bio

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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 University
  • MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS, Cornell University

Academic Interests

Product design and development; online design communities

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Seidel, V.P., Hannigan, T.R., Phillips, N. (2018). Rumor communities, social media, and forthcoming innovations: The shaping of technological frames in product market evolution. Academy of Management Review. link
  • Riedl, C., Seidel, V.P. (2018). Learning from mixed signals in online innovation communities. Organization Science. Vol: 29, Issue: 6, Page: 1010-1032. link
  • Hannigan, T.R., Seidel, V.P., Yakis-Douglas, B. (2018). Product innovation rumors as forms of open innovation. Research Policy. Vol: 47, Issue: 5, Page: 953-964. link
  • Seidel, V.P., Langner, B., Sims, J.P. (2017). Dominant Communities and Dominant Designs: Community-Based Innovation in the Context of the Technology Life Cycle. Strategic Organization. Vol: 15, Issue: 2, Page: 220-241. Sage. link
  • Sims, J.P., Seidel, V.P. (2017). Organizations coupled with communities: The strategic effects on firms engaged in community-coupled open innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change. Vol: 26, Issue: 4, Page: 647-665. Oxford University Press. link
  • Seidel, V.P., Packalen, K.A., O'Mahony, S. (2016). Help me do it on my own: How entrepreneurs manage autonomy and constraint within incubator organizations. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Vol: 47, Page: 275-307. Emerald Group Publishing. link
  • 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. Vol: 32, Issue: 4, Page: 522-538. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.. link
  • Seidel, V.P., Langner, B. (2015). Using an online community for vehicle design: Project variety and motivations to participate. Industrial and Corporate Change. Vol: 24, Issue: 3, Page: 635-653. Oxford University Press. link
  • Seidel, V.P., O’Mahony, S. (2014). Managing the Repertoire: Stories, Metaphors, Prototypes, and Concept Coherence in Product Innovation. Organization Science. Vol: 25, Issue: 3, Page: 691-712. Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (I N F O R M S). 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. Vol: 30, Issue: S1, Page: 19-33. Wiley. link

Book Chapters

  • Fixson, S.K., Seidel, V.P., Bailey, J. (2015). Creating Space for Innovation: The Role of a "Design Zone" within a Business School: Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom. Page: 217-234. Emerald Publishing.
  • Seidel, V.P., Fixson, S.K. (2015). Design Thinking for Non-Designers: A Guide for Team Training and Implementation: Design Thinking: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA. Page: 143-155. Wiley.

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, Issue: 3, Page: 31-34. Sage Publications, Inc.. link

Conference Proceedings

  • Riedl, C., Seidel, V.P. (2016). Design myopia and vicarious learning from good versus bad examples in creative design competitions: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Vol: 2016, Issue: 1. Academy of Management.
  • Gillier, T., Seidel, V.P., Kazakci, A.O., Piat, G. (2016). The network structure and evolutionary synthesis of breakthrough product concepts: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Academy of Management.
  • 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

  • Innovating How We Teach Innovation: Simulations, Collaboration Labs, and Online Education Seidel, V. Fixson, S. Marion, T. Academy of Management Meeting, Chicago (2018)
  • Resolving ambiguity through symbolic representations: How product development teams respond to organizational identity threats Cattaneo, G. Seidel, V. 24th Innovation and Product Development Conference, Reykjavik (2017)
  • Convergence of Physical and Digital Innovation Processes Fixson, S. Bailey, J. Seidel, V. Mancha, R. Iyer, B. Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (2017)
  • Design myopia and vicarious learning from good versus bad examples: Evidence from creative design competitions Riedl, C. Seidel, V. Organization Science Winter Conference, Park City (2017)
  • Innovating How We Teach Innovation Seidel, V. Fixson, S. Marion, T. 2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California (2016)
  • The network structure of ideas and the evolutionary synthesis of breakthrough product concepts Gillier, T. Kazakci, A. Seidel, V. Piat, G. 2016 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California (2016)
  • Design Myopia and Vicarious Learning from Good versus Bad Examples: Evidence from Creative Design Competitions Riedl, C. Seidel, V. Copenhagen 20th Anniversary DRUID Innovation Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016)
  • Learning Curves for Design Seidel, V. Mines Paris Tech Design & Innovation Seminar, Paris France (2016)
  • Using an Online Community for Vehicle Design: Project Variety and Motivations to Participate Seidel, V. Langner, B. 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. 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. 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. 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. Boston College: Winston Center seminar series, Chestnut Hill, MA (2014)
  • Competing with friends: A field study of community-based innovation contests at Threadless and Local Motors Seidel, V. Langner, B. 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL (2013)
  • Creating positive social identity in firm-hosted innovation contests Seidel, V. Langner, B. 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL (2013)
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