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Dr Theodore (Ted) Piepenbrock

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Dr Piepenbrock is a Fellow in the Department of Management who researches and teaches on postgraduate and executive education programmes at the intersection of strategy, organisation and innovation. He is the Deputy Academic Dean of the Global Master's in Management| programme, and was awarded an LSE Teaching Prize (2011/12). He received his MBA, MSc and PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT, and a postgraduate engineering degree in nonlinear structural dynamics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr Piepenbrock was a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is a research affiliate with the MIT Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, a Senior Research Associate of the Graduate Centre of Balliol College, Oxford, a Fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Leadership and an adjunct lecturer in post-graduate and Executive Education programmes at MIT Sloan, MIT Engineering Systems Division and the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.

Dr Piepenbrock was an Associate Director of the international consultancy, Ove Arup & Partners, before joining McKinsey & Company. Throughout his career, he has worked in over twenty countries, lectured on management and design in many of the world's leading universities, and has appeared in various international television, radio and print news media.

Research interests

  • Strategic Management
  • The Evolution of Business Ecosystems
  • Organisational Contingency and Configuration Theories
  • Inter-organizational Network Architectures and Varieties of Capitalism
  • Organisational (Community) Ecology and Inter-species Competition
  • Complexity and Evolutionary Economics
  • Nonlinear Dynamic Simulation Modelling
  • Strategic Leadership and Power
  • Management as Design Science
  • Management of Mega-Programmes ("Wicked Messes")
  • Innovation (Dominant Designs and Disruptive Technologies)