Benefits of Corporate Partnership


Our corporate partner relationships deepen over time

The Mack Institute for Innovation Management’s corporate partnership delivers access to thought leadership, research, talented students, and a network of peers. In addition to the benefits of the larger Wharton Partnership, the Mack Institute provides the following benefits:

  • Partner Meeting: Involvement with the Mack Institute begins with meeting our faculty leadership, who will spend 2-3 hours evaluating and discussing the partner’s current issues. These meetings help our faculty incorporate the partner’s concerns and interests into our research activities and conferences.
  • Conferences and Workshops: Partners gain complementary access to our industry conferences and academic workshops; we feature experts from a wide range of disciplines, companies, and industries to engage in thoughtful discussion of cutting-edge topics around technology and innovation. These events include periods of intensive small group discussion on critical business issues.
  • Speaking Opportunities: From speaking at an industry conference, to interacting with students at a club event, to starring as a guest speaker in the classroom, the partnership provides a number of highly desirable chances to take the stage in front of a Wharton audience.
  • Mack Talks: Easily-digestible summaries of our research and industry presentations are accessible to partners in our video series, Mack Talks. Mack Talks are a valuable tool to disseminate business knowledge throughout partner organizations. Partners featured in Mack Talks use this medium to self-promote internally.
  • Cross-Industry Networking: Members share approaches on managing innovation by collaborating with their peers from various industries. Our conferences serve as great starting points to meet peers in the network. As the relationship deepens, the Mack Institute facilitates customized partner interactions, providing companies the chance to partner with one another.
  • Partner Roundtables: Our invitation-only partner dinners take place the evening prior to our industry conferences. These dinners are reserved for top executives at each partner firm, who have the opportunity to bring their crucial questions surrounding innovation management to the table. Faculty moderate these roundtable events and provide insight on industry trends, challenges, and current research.
  • Student Access through Collaborative Innovation Program (CIP): The Collaborative Innovation Program connects our three main stakeholders: faculty, students, and industry leaders. The Mack Institute dispatches top graduate students under the guidance of a faculty researcher to tackle the proposals it has selected from the many submissions of corporate partners’ most pressing innovation challenges.
  • Customized Access to Wharton/Penn: After identifying each partner’s unique areas of interest, the Mack Institute helps identify opportunities for engagement, both at Wharton and in the wider Penn community. We facilitate connections to scholars, corporate partners, students, and various schools and centers across the university, allowing partners to participate in research and explore topics of mutual interest.