Saikat Chaudhuri

djunct Associate Professor of Management; Executive Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School at The Wharton School


The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Mergers and acquisitions, organizational adaptation, outsourcing, technological innovation

About Saikat:

Saikat Chaudhuri serves on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also executive director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, a research institute at Wharton distinguished by a dual focus on academic thought leadership and industry impact. Saikat’s research focuses on external sources of innovation for firms, encompassing two streams: hightechnology acquisitions and highend outsourcing. His recent publications span scholarly and managerial outlets, including Organization Science, a Stanford University Press book chapter, and the Harvard Business Review. Saikat has received several teaching awards from the Wharton School, and has also been a finalist for multiple dissertation and best paper awards at the Academy of Management. He received his BSE and BS from the University of Pennsylvania, his MSE from Stanford University, and his DBA from Harvard University.


  • DBA, Harvard University, 2004
  • MSE, Stanford University, 1998
  • BS, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • BSE, University of Pennsylvania, 1997

Recent Consulting

Consult for a range of technologybased companies on acquisition and other corporate growth strategies. Provide expert witness testimony in legal cases involving technology acquisition transactions. Advised the Indian government on ITbased economic development opportunities. Speaking engagements at various corporate and industry events.

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 2004present

Other Positions

  • Interim Director, Jerome Fisher Management & Technology Program, 20152016
  • Consulting, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, 2004
  • Corporate Development, Mannesmann AG, 199899
  • Market Research, Mannesmann AG, 1997
  • Consulting, McKinsey & Company, 1996
  • Service Quality, Citibank Privatkunden AG, 1995

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership

  • Member of Brain Trust, Digital Partners, 2002present
  • Member of Advisory Council, Neel Gagan, 2000present.

Current Projects

Understanding operational drivers of performance in innovationtargeted acquisitions, based on multimethod field research with leading telecommunications, software, and other hightechnology companies. Investigating challenges, effective management practices, and implications for firm boundaries of R&D and product development outsourcing projects, based on field research with leading service providers.


Courses Taught

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