Dr. Marc Ventresca is an economic sociologist in the Strategy, Innovation and Marketing Faculty at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College. His areas of expertise include market and network formation, entrepreneurship, governance, and innovation and technology strategy.
His research and teaching focus on the formation of markets and networks in business and social settings. Specifically, he researches how markets are built and the actors who build them. He is also an expert in the areas of governance, innovation and technology and how they interact with markets and networks.
Ventresca is involved with a number of entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives within and beyond Oxford. He is academic director for the ‘Science Innovation Plus’ initiative, which is a partnership between the Saïd Business School and the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences. This partnership engages sciences doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows with the MBA innovation and entrepreneurial activities. He has supported the School’s annual ‘Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford’ event over the years and frequently participates in the ‘Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning’ (iwill) initiative. He is founding convenor of the research seminar series ‘Strategies, Institutions and Practices at Saïd’.
Beyond Oxford, Ventresca works on various journal editorial boards; he hosts executive education seminars and lectures; he serves as an external assessor at universities around the world and he is a core faculty member for the Goldman Sachs ‘10,000 Women Entrepreneurs’ initiative in the Oxford partnerships with Zhejiang University (Hangzhou China) and with SWUFE (Chengdu China). This programme aims to provide business and management education to women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets.
He serves on advisory and strategy boards for a number of recent Oxford alumni startups. He sits on the Global Agenda Council on Entrepreneurialism of the World Economic Forum.