Gina O'Connor

Professor, Lally School of Management

Professor O’Connor has published more than thirty journal papers, twenty-five conference papers, and more than 10 books and book chapters. She has been named one of the top twenty five scholars in the field of innovation in a study recently published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Her most recent book, Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breatkthough Innovation (Jossey Bass, 2008) describes a research program she has led for five years that focuses on how firms can develop management systems for innovation, leading to Innovation as a business function in companies. View Professor O'Connor's Grabbing Lightning blog at


Ph.D., Marketing and Corporate Strategy, New York University; M.S., Marketing, New York University; M.B.A, St. Louis University; B.A., Psychology, St. Louis University;

Research Focus
  • Management Processes for Breakthrough Innovation
  • New Market Creation
  • Opportunity Identification for Novel Technologies
  • Commercialization of Advanced Technology
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Management
  • New Product Development