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Ian C. MacMillan

Ian C. MacMillan

Title: Academic Director, Professor

Company: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Educational Background:

University of South Africa DBA in Organizational Politics 1975
MBA (cum laude) in Organizational Politics 1972
University of Witwatersrand BS in Chemical Engineering 1963

Huntsman School Interactions:

Dean's Convocation Speaker - March 30, 2012


Professor Ian (Mac) C. MacMillan is the Academic Director of the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Entrepreneurial Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Mac has extensive consulting experience, having worked with such companies as Microsoft, Air Products, DuPont, General Electric, GTE, IBM, Citibank, Chubb & Son, American Re-Insurance, Texas Instruments, Novell, Westcon, Fluor Daniel, Seagate Technologies, Matsushita/Panasonic (Japan), Olympus (Japan), L.G.Chem (Korea), KPMG (UK) and Commercial Union General Insurance (UK).

Mac is well known in business and management circles, as he has published articles and books on new ventures, innovation organizational politics and strategy formulation. His articles have appeared in the managerially friendly press of Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review as well as books through Harvard Business Press. He is co-author of the best-selling books Corporate Venturing, The Entrepreneurial Mindset, which focuses on how managers and entrepreneurs can create a continuous stream of growth opportunities for their firms, MarketBusters, which focuses on strategies firms can use to dramatically change their existing businesses, Unlocking Opportunities for Growth, which provides guidelines for selecting, valuing and pursuing highly uncertain but high potential growth opportunities, and Discovery Driven Growth which focuses on how to combine incremental, game-changing and radical innovations to grow the value of the company.

Prior to joining the academic world, Mac was a chemical engineer, and gained experience in gold and uranium mines, chemical and explosives factories, oil refineries, soap and food manufacturers, and the South African Atomic Energy Board. He has also been a director of companies in the travel, import/export and pharmaceutical businesses in the USA, South Africa, Canada, Hong Kong, and Japan.


Dean's Convocation: Ian C. MacMillan