Peter Boumgarden, PhD

Academic Entrepreneur


Whether with executives, undergraduates, or anyone in between, my teaching focuses on the intersection points of strategy and people. Some of this teaching addresses how organizations turn vision into reality, and other parts focus on how people might better navigate the complex realities of organizational life.


I research and write about how systems -- whether organizational designs or venture capital investment networks-- make our envisioned realities concrete. I do this with a mix of writing in formal academic publications, writing for the practitioner community, and broader cultural commentary.


In working with companies, I mix tools of design thinking, theory on strategy and organization, and synthesized insights from people across the organization to help leaders better navigate the strategic choices they face in their markets.

About Me

I am a Professor of Practice of Strategy & Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School. Across my work, I attempt to live at the intersection of theory and practice, design and operations, values and data. I work closely with students on these issues, while also bringing my insight to market through direct engagement with companies from industries as diverse as finance, healthcare, design, and manufacturing, amongst others.