The Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium (WINDS) is the Wharton School’s student-run multi-disciplinary doctoral conference on innovation. The first edition happened this weekend in Philadelphia and was a wonderful success.
All the participants coming from the best universities in the US (Wharton, Harvard, MIT, Michigan, NYU) and the rest of the world (INSEAD, ESSEC) presented part of their research revolving around innovation no matter their studying field. No professor involved, only students to build a safe and dynamic environment.
Let's not forget that the rationale behind WINDS is that innovation, a central theme in business research and a fundamental driver in today’s economy, is by its very nature multi-disciplinary. However, as of today, there is no platform where doctoral students from different business-related disciplines — such as strategic management, organizational theory, finance, accounting, operations, marketing, economics, and other areas — can interact. WINDS intends to provide such a multi-disciplinary meeting point. Well-done! This was a great event and a pleasure to present my paper there.