About the Mack Institute

The Mack Institute for Innovation Management joins rigorous research with practical applications to help established firms navigate the risks and rewards of innovation.

We are the hub of a global learning network for scholars, business leaders, and students. Each year, we host several major conferences and workshops; fund student, PhD, and faculty research; and sponsor student initiatives relating to innovation and emerging technologies.

We emphasize multi-disciplinary, cross-functional perspectives. The leadership of the Mack Institute is comprised of three faculty directors and an executive director. Along with a diverse core team of accomplished Wharton faculty members, they collaborate with our senior fellows, who are high-level executives and academic leaders with expertise in innovation management.

Our activities are guided by research priorities we have jointly developed with our industry partners. These priorities reflect the strategic challenges of our partners and signal our reach and scope in the field of innovation management. They provide a blueprint for our research funding decisions and a basis for our industry-academic programs.

In 2001, the Mack Center was established through a generous gift from William L. Mack (W’61) and Phyllis Mack. The Macks also funded the center’s transition to an institute in 2013.