Dr. Martin Ihrig

Associate Dean and Clinical Professor at New York University

Martin Ihrig is an associate dean and clinical professor at New York University and an adjunct professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the co-founder and president of I-Space Institute, an applied research and consulting venture that helps organizations create innovation growth opportunities. Dr. Ihrig has held appointments as a practice associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and as a visiting professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. He received his Master of Business Studies from University College Dublin and his Doctorate in Business Administration from Technische Universität Berlin.

Dr. Ihrig runs the Division of Business Programs at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. He is also a faculty member at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School, where he teaches strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation in their open enrollment and customized programs. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), Dr. Ihrig has taught in the Penn Chief Learning Officer Program and the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. At Penn GSE, he also served as the founding academic director of the nation’s first Executive Master in Education Entrepreneurship program.

Dr. Ihrig consults on the strategic and entrepreneurial management of knowledge (SEM-K) and is the co-founder and former research director of the SEM-K initiative at Wharton’s Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center. In developing strategy tools for corporate and public sector decision-makers, he has worked with organizations such as BAE Systems (USA), The Boeing Company (USA), Vale (Brazil), and Merck (USA). His research projects have been funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (UK), the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN (Switzerland), Tekes (Finland), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA), and the Neubauer Family Foundation (USA).

For more information on Dr. Ihrig’s work on knowledge strategy, please read his Harvard Business Review article (with Ian MacMillan) that was nominated for the HBR McKinsey Award in 2016 ( and watch him talk with Knowledge@Wharton ( For Dr. Ihrig’s most recent thinking on ecosystems and innovation, please read his latest Harvard Business Review article published in March/April 2017 (with Ian MacMillan):