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Interview with Philip Anderson on Corporate Entrepreneurship

April 2007 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

When you have a new opportunity, you should ask yourself, "If I were starting this from scratch, how would I organize a business to exploit this opportunity?"
– Philip Anderson
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Philip Anderson is the INSEAD Alumni Fund Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, in Singapore. He is also director of the 3i Venturelab and director of the Rudolf and Valeria Maag International Centre for Entrepreneurship, which includes the Caesarea Rothschild Entrepreneurship Centre in Israel. His undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics is from the University of California at Davis, and he received his Ph.D. in Management of Organizations from Columbia University.

A former Army officer, Prof. Anderson has also worked as an independent computer consultant, and an MIS manager and Assistant to the President of a large nonprofit organization and an entrepreneurial start-up organization. From 1987-1993 he was an assistant professor at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. From 1993-2001, he was an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, where he was the director of Tuck's Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, and faculty director of its executive program Strategies for B2B E-Commerce.

He currently teaches courses in entrepreneurship, leadership, and the strategic management of innovation, and has written over 90 original cases and notes for these classes.

His research interests include the formation of entrepreneurial businesses, managing growth, processes of technological evolution, strategy implementation, and complexity theory. Prof. Anderson is on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly, and is also the co-editor of a special issue of Organization Science on applications of complexity theory to organizational research. He has been the chair of the Technology and Innovation Management division of the Academy of Management. Prof. Anderson is co-author of Managing Strategic Innovation and Change: A Collection of Readings (with Michael Tushman), published by Oxford University Press in 2004 (second edition), and Inside the Kaisha: Demystifying Japanese Business Behavior (with Noboru Yoshimura) published by Harvard Business School Press. in 1997. Inside the Kaisha was named 1997 Booz • Allen & Hamilton/Financial Times Global Business Book of the Year for Industry Analysis/ Business Context. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, Research- Technology Management, CIO, Datamation, the Academy of Management Executive, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal.

He has consulted and/or conducted customized executive programs for companies such as 3i, Aetna, Air Products, ALSTOM, American Express Financial Advisors, Astra International, Astra Zeneca, BOC, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Centennial Funds, CIO Magazine, Commerce One, Cyanamid, DaimlerChrysler, Dow, Eaton, Glaxo SmithKline, HeidelbergCement, Hewlett- Packard, Ittiam, J.M. Huber, Intel Capital, Interpharma, John Deere, Jones Lang LaSalle, KPMG, the Lee Evans Group, Malden Mills, Markem, McGraw-Hill, Medallion Enterprises, Merrill, Monument Group, Navis Partners, The New York Times, North Atlantic Capital Partners, Petronas, Polaris Ventures, Praxair, Procuritas, PricwaterhouseCoopers, RCN, Roche, Sonera, Telenor, Unilab and Visa. He is a member of the Center for Venture Education's Educational Advisory Board and advises several startup enterprises, as well as the social venture Microseed. He has also been a speaker at numerous conferences for managers such as the Bloomberg Malaysia Forum, the BusinessWeek CEO Dialogue, and TIECon

He can also be reached at

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Characteristics of Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Country-specific and Industry-specific Entrepreneurial traits
  • Entrepreneurial Culture in Family Businesses
  • 3i Venturelab and International Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Relationship between Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Role of Leadership in Corporate Entrepreneurship.
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2007-04-10-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0030
Year and Month of Publication April 2007
Keywords Philip Anderson, Characteristics of Corporate Entrepreneurship, Country-specific and Industry-specific Entrepreneurial traits, Entrepreneurial Culture in Family Businesses, 3i Venturelab and International Center for Entrepreneurship, Relationship between Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Role of Leadership in Corporate Entrepreneurship

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