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Robert Wolcott, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business 

General Session 5: Digital Technologies & the Proximity Revolution

How to understand the strategic impact digital technologies exert across industries, foresight into where we're going and how companies must respond to thrive.


Robert Wolcott is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in Executive Education at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and formerly a visiting professor at the Keio Business School (Japan). Wolcott won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg’s Executive MBA program in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. He serves on the advisory board for the Open Innovation Lab of Norway, and H-Farm, the leading digital innovation ecosystem in Italy. He is also a managing partner with Clareo, an innovation strategy consultancy serving senior executives at global corporations such as Exelon, BHP, Griffith Foods, Zurich Insurance, Owens Corning, and others. Wolcott is a regular contributor to Forbes regarding the impact of technology change on business, leadership, and society. His book with Michael Lippitz, Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation (McGraw-Hill, 2010) shares a decade of research and has been published in Chinese and Japanese. Wolcott's work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, the Harvard Business Review,,, the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times (European Edition), the New York Times, and numerous overseas publications. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide. In 2003, Wolcott founded the Kellogg Innovation Network, a network of senior executives dedicated to driving sustainable innovation, now an independent organization known as The World Innovation Network (TWIN). TWIN's annual summit, TWIN Global, takes place in late Spring and includes leaders from around the world who collaborate around issues of significance for their organizations and for humanity. Wolcott is also an active angel investor in enterprises such as crowdfunding leader Indiegogo, student loan innovator Lumni, legal documentation platform Page Vault, healthcare data and analytics providers SA Ignite and Clearcare Online (exited to Battery Ventures in 2016), cybersecurity provider MagicCube, and international art exposition EXPO Chicago. Wolcott earned a BA in European and Chinese history, and MS and PhD degrees in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University.