NAS Strategy professors Violina Rindova (McCombs School of Business, University of Texas – Austin) and Rob Wiltbank (Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University) bring several decades of research and teaching experience to this three-day seminar in Chicago, December 8-10. They will use case studies, engaging discussions and team exercises to help you form a sound strategy that plays to your organization’s strengths.
Dr. Rindova’s research focusing on how firms develop intangible assets and manage perceptions of value has been published in leading management and strategy journals. Her work has also been featured in various business media including Business Week and The Economist. She is currently working on the concept of "celebrity firms" and understanding the sources of market popularity. She has taught courses in entrepreneurship and strategic management at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels while on the faculty of the University of Washington and University of Maryland. She holds a J.D. from University of Sofia, Bulgaria, MBA from Madrid Business School-University of Houston and a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Dr. Wiltbank teaches courses on Industry Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Governance and Venture Finance as part of a program dedicated to management principles that are core to creating value in for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations. His research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to growing new organizations. He is a leading researcher in the field of angel investing and has published research in top tier academic journals covering topics such topics as change in top management teams non-predictive strategies, entrepreneurial expertise in marketing and formal venture capital investment practices. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. Dr. Wiltbank co-authored "The Catalyst,” selected by Business Week as one of the top 10 books on innovation and leadership in 2009. He is also co-author of “Effectual Entrepreneurship,” based on 15 years of academic research into entrepreneurial expertise. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, and a degree in finance & accounting from Oregon State University, and is a partner with Montlake Capital, a growth stage venture investment firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington.