Martin Ihrig

Practice Associate Professor, Penn GSE
Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wharton School

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-746-6363               @martinihrig

Professional Biography

Martin Ihrig is a Practice Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. Dr. Ihrig is Co-founder and President of I-Space Institute, LLC, a research and consulting venture that focuses on the strategic management of knowledge. He received his Master of Business Studies (First Class Honors) from University College Dublin and his Doctorate in Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from Technische Universität Berlin.

Dr. Ihrig consults on the strategic and entrepreneurial management of knowledge (SEM-K) and directs the SEM-K research 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), and Vale (Brazil). His research projects have been funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (UK), the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN (Switzerland), Tekes (Finland), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA). His academic research focuses on studying entrepreneurial innovation strategies with the help of agent-based simulations. He is also investigating the evolution and mapping of knowledge in the multibillion dollar ATLAS experiment at CERN. At Penn GSE, Dr. Ihrig explores entrepreneurship in education and strategic knowledge development through work-based learning.

Featured Book

Knowledge, Organization, and Management: Building on the Work of Max Boisot


Speaking Events and Other Projects

2015 See Me Speak

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Selected Publications

Ihrig, M. & MacMillan, I. (2015). Managing your mission-critical knowledge. Harvard Business Review, January 2015 Issue.  

Fiegenbaum, I., Ihrig, M., & Torkkeli, M. (2014). Investigating open innovation strategies: a simulation study. Int. J. Technology Management, Vol. 66, Nos. 2/3.

Child, J., Ihrig, M., & Merali, Y. (2014). Organization as Information – a Space Odyssey. Organization Studies, June 2014, Vol. 35, No. 6.

Child, J. & Ihrig, M. (2013). Knowledge, organization, & management – building on the work of Max Boisot. Oxford University Press, London.

Ihrig, M. & MacMillan, I. (2013). The strategic management of knowledge, in Knowledge and the study of organization and management – building on the work of Max Boisot. John Child and Martin Ihrig (Eds.). Oxford University Press, London.

Ihrig, M. (2013). SimISpace2: a simulation platform for exploring strategic knowledge management processes. Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence, Issue 10, Vol. LNCS 7776, March 2013.

Ihrig, M. (2012). Simulating Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition Processes: An Agent-Based and Knowledge-Driven Approach, in Advances in Intelligent Modelling and Simulation, SCI 416, A. Byrski, Z. Oplatková, M. Carvalho, and M. Kisiel-Dorohinicki (Eds.), pp. 27–54, 2012, Springer, Heidelberg.

Ihrig, M., Boisot, M., & MacMillan, I. (2011). Forget IP. Mine strategic knowledge instead. Harvard Business Review Blog, May 6, 2011. 

Ihrig, M., Boisot, M., & MacMillan, I. (2011). Are you wasting money on useless knowledge management?, Harvard Business Review Blog, January 20, 2011.

Ihrig, M. & zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, D. (2009). Discovering international imitative entrepreneurship: towards a new model of international opportunity recognition and realization. Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, Special Issue 1, 2009.

Ihrig, M., zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, D., & O’Gorman, C. (2006). The knowledge-based approach to entrepreneurship: linking the entrepreneurial process to the dynamic evolution of knowledge. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 1, Nos. 1/2.