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About Manuel Sosa

Manuel Sosa is professor of technology and operations management, the Director of the Heinrich and Esther Baumann-Steiner Fund for Creativity and Business, the creativity-business learning platform and the INSEAD-ArtCenter collaboration. He is also the director of the open-enrollment executive programme "Design Thinking and Creativity for Business (on-line)".

Professor Sosa’s research efforts are applied to improving the innovative capabilities of organizations. He is particularly interested in investigating how to manage design and creativity in various organizational settings as well as studying coordination and innovation networks in complex organizations. His research has been published in various journals including Management ScienceOrganization ScienceManufacturing&Service Operations ManagementProduction and Operations ManagementASME Journal of Mechanical DesignResearch in Engineering Design, and Harvard Business Review. His research has been nominated twice for best paper award in the ASME Design Theory and Methodology conference. His research about "managing design" has received several awards at both INFORMS and Academy of Management conferences.

Professor Sosa teaches in the MBA, PhD, and Executive programs covering topics related to innovation management and creative thinking. His teaching achievements include the development of a program with the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California) to integrate design and business thinking for successful innovation. Such a programme was initiated in 2005 and has run successfully on a yearly basis ever since. He has received the Dean’s commendation for excellence in MBA teaching multiple times. He was runner-up for best professor award for his MBA elective course on creative thinking in Singapore in 2012 and 2013, and he was the winner of this teaching award in July 2021.

Professor Sosa received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, Venezuela) and his SM and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His work experience of includes systems engineering in the petrochemical industry, and development and deployment of computer-aided engineering software applications in the automobile and aerospace industries.

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Manuel Sosa
Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Director of the Heinrich and Esther Baumann-Steiner Fund for Creativity and Business
Director of the creativity-business learning platform
Director of the INSEAD-ArtCenter Collaboration

INSEAD Europe Campus
Boulevard de Constance (Office: PMLS 0.14)
Fontainebleau 77305 France

Email: [email protected]

Assistant: Magalie NKIANI

Email: [email protected]