Marc Ventresca

Associate Professor, Strategy & Innovation
University of Oxford

Marc Ventresca is an economic sociologist in the Strategy, Innovation and Marketing Faculty at Saïd Business School and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College. 

Marc's areas of expertise include market and network formation, entrepreneurship, governance, and innovation and technology strategy. Marc is involved with a number of entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives within Oxford. He is academic director for the ‘Science Innovation Plus’ initiative, which is a partnership between Saïd Business School and the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences. This partnership engages sciences doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows with the MBA innovation and entrepreneurial activities. He has supported the School’s annual ‘Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford’ event over the years and frequently participates in the ‘Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning’ (iwill) initiative. He is founding convenor of the research seminar series ‘Strategies, Institutions and Practices at Saïd’. Marc also acts as an advisor to several technology and social innovation start-ups founded by recent Oxford alumni.

Marc has held research affiliations at the Oxford Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, the Global Public Policy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Center for Organizational Research at the University of California, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and the Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication. 

Marc has received awards and honours throughout his career, including awards for his research papers and his teaching. In particular, he won the ‘Professor of the Year’ award from Saïd Business School’s EMBA class of 2010, the ‘Professor of the Year’ award from the Copenhagen Business School’s MBA class of 2004 and the Sidney Levy Teaching Prize at the Kellogg School of Management in 2003. He also won the ‘Best Paper Award’ for qualitative research from the UC Davis Conference.