Chris Lyle Wasden portrait
  • Executive Director, Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation, School Of Business
  • Associate Executive Director, Center for Medical Innovation, Office Of Sr Vp Health Sci
  • Professor (Clinical), Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy
  • Professor (Clinical), Management Department

Current Courses

Spring 2018

  • ENTP 1020-084
    ENTP & St Method

Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation. 06/2013 - present. Employees: 20.
    Comments: As the first executive director of the center, raised funding, hired team, created and launched the center
  • PwC. 09/2007 - 06/2013. Employees: 20.
    Comments: Started the healthcare strategy and innovation consulting practice of PwC and became its Global Healthcare Innovation Leader
  • OrthAccel. 05/2006 - present. Employees: 100.
    Comments: Started this medical technology company in the orthodontia market that cuts treatment time in half.
  • MC Nanotissues. 04/2006 - 06/2008. Employees: 4.
    Comments: Started this biomaterials medical technology company focused on implantables and wound management
  • SimplexityMD. 04/2005 - 09/2007. Employees: 6.
    Comments: Started this medical technology incubator.
  • Tympany. 06/2001 - 04/2005. Employees: 50.
    Comments: Started this medical technology company focused on automated audiometry and hearing health.
  • Azuirx. 11/1998 - 04/2000. Employees: 2000.
    Comments: Member of leadership team that started this global water utility and internet marketplace business.
  • Koch Industries. 04/1998 - present. Employees: 25000.
    Comments: Member of the leadership team that started the weather derivatives business for risk management among farmers and energy companies.
  • Union Bank of Switzerland. 04/1995 - present. Employees: 10000.
    Comments: Started the Latin American Research business for UBS, was the first employee.
  • Caity & Abby's Daily Bread. 01/1994 - present. Employees: 21.
    Comments: Started this $1M annual revenue retail Kosher bakery in South Orange, NJ

Teaching Philosophy

My courses focus on experiential learning so that students learn by solving real world problems and creating delvierables they would need to create to be successful in business. The primary innovation frameworks I use in my classes comes from my book Tension: The Energy of Innovation

Courses I Teach

  • BUS 3995 - Business Scholar Strategy
    This course is designed for freshman students admitted to the Business ASAP Program. It is designed to fully immerse students into the theory and practice of the full spectrum of business discipline through participation in a case studies format. Cases will focus practically and specifically on business disciplines such as marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, economics, and management. It will include guest speakers, offsite visits, and direct contact with local and regional business leaders. Students will also receive special preparation to compete in the job market for meaningful summer internships with top local and regional companies. There will also be an introduction to careers, methods and frameworks in business and corporate strategy.
  • EMBA 6175 - Leading Innovation
    This course will contrast the approach with traditional change management that treats evolutionary episodes as discrete events and making the case for building the capacity to innovate into the core processes of the business. It will have a Management focus, be integrative across the curriculum, and it will also be much more strategic than operational. It will have a single project focused on the current job environment and ask students to conceive of what’s next after graduation. We will provide you the tools, models, frameworks, structures and practices to increase the innovation capability and capacity of an organization.
  • ENPT 5771 - Business Model Innovation
    Business Model Innovation establishes the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategy by examining value creation, profit models, and competitive advantage. The course will cover the most common types of business models and push students to develop new models so that they may launch ventures that compete with incumbent firms in such a way as to maximize their opportunities to create sustainable competitive advantages. Students will apply course concepts to their own new venture ideas and areas of interest. In addition, students will learn how to use business model innovation to reinvigorate established firms.
  • ENTP 5765 - Leading the Entrepreneurial Firm
    Entrepreneurship largely is a team-based activity. This lecture course is designed to allow students to understand how to build and lead an effective entrepreneurial team. It includes self-evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, personality type, strategies for correcting team problems, ways to be a good team member, methods of evaluating team members, and leadership strategies. The course will employ live simulations, role plays, and case studies to allow students to apply leadership theories in the entrepreneurial context.
  • ENTP 5770 - Business Discovery & Creation
    This course views entrepreneurship as a search for the roots of value - how it is created, and potentially how it is captured. Students will learn to generate theories of value and opportunities for entrepreneurial action, and apply different approaches to screening them. Additionally, students will learn how to identify, design, enact, and interpret experiments that reveal an opportunity’s value. The course also will introduce students to methods of enrolling stakeholders such as co-founders and resource providers in supporting the endeavor. At the end of the course, students will be able to effectively wield a set of capabilities and distinctions that create (or reveal) value in entrepreneurial endeavors.

Teaching Projects

  • VR in Education and Healthcare. Project Lead: Chris Wasden. Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation 01/01/2017 - present.
  • Digital Wellbeing Research. Project Lead: Chris Wasden. Collaborators: Doug Han. Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation 06/01/2014 - present.