Keynote speaker, author, consultant, MIT faculty member, and student of innovation

David Robertson is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he teaches Innovation and Product Management. Over the course of his career, Dave has been a consultant at McKinsey, a senior executive at small and large technology companies, a radio show host, and a business school professor.

From 2010 through 2017, Dave was a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  While at Wharton, he was the host of Innovation Navigation, a weekly radio show and podcast about innovation management ( From 2002 through 2009 Dave was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD).  While at IMD, David was given inside access to The LEGO Group, and wrote his award-winning book Brick by Brick:  How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry.  David’s latest book, The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation was published in May of 2017 by Harvard Business School Press.

David currently runs MIT’s largest and highest-rated executive program, the Executive Program in General Management.  He also teaches in other MIT executive programs, consults with global Fortune 1000 companies, and is a frequent speaker at corporate events and industry trade shows.

"Dave's knowledge and expertise added so much value for our attendees"

Ramsey Mansour
Purolator Canada

On behalf of the entire team at Purolator, thank you for your contribution to this morning’s Retail Breakfast. Your knowledge and expertise added so much value for our attendees.

"Hire David!"

Stephanie Steeves

I’ve worked with David twice now, and each time it has been a pleasure. David delivers impactful, insightful, and entertaining presentations, followed by “serious play” workshops. When the LEGO pieces come out, it delights both customers and employees, but it is truly the unique exercise that David leads that is most impressive. He tailors each workshop to the audience present, down to customizing LEGO minifigures and pieces to match your business. If you’re looking for a different way to inspire and activate your team – hire David!

"He entertained the audience with one of the best-received presentations of the conference"

Brad Barbera
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PDMA, The Product Development and Management Association

“David’s keynote presentation at the PDMA AnnualGlobal Conference was truly a high point of the event.He literally woke everyone up to re-imagine how to apply the innovation dicta that we have heard before. Not only was his insight and content rich, he entertained the audience with one of the best-received presentations of the conference.”

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