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Marc Ventresca

University Lecturer in Strategy


Dr Marc Ventresca’s research investigates cases at the intersection of economic sociology, strategy and innovation: Market-building strategies in ecosystems services markets in Amazon Peru and for inclusive markets in Bangladesh, emerging models of venture funding and incubators, security and innovation regimes, and diffusion of governance innovations in global financial markets and in US higher education. Recent research and views are published in Academy of Management Journal, Environmental Science and Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, Theory & Society, as well as in blogs and Twitter postings (@marcventresca) and a TEDxOxbridge video.


His teaching focuses on strategy and innovation, implementation, and entrepreneurial leadership and leadership for complex operations. At Oxford, he is Academic Director for the Science Innovation Plus initiative, support many student and research activities for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and serve as a core faculty member for the Goldman Sachs 10K Women Entrepreneurs Programme in China. He is advisor/mentor to five startups founded by recent Oxford alumni, and a strategic advisor for Oxford Entrepreneurs, Global Thinkers Forum, Local Insight/Global Impact, and the Oxbridge Biotechnology Roundtable. He is recently supported an MBA team working with the World Economic Forum Global Agendas Councils. He does custom executive education with a range of global firms, public sector organizations, and civil society agencies.