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Carlos Osorio

  • Visiting Scholar
  • International Faculty Fellows Program

Carlos Osorio is an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, researching methods for enabling innovation learning. He is currently on leave as professor and head of the innovation and entrepreneurship academic unit at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile), where he is also the founding director of its Master's  in Innovation program.

Carlos has been a visiting professor at Deusto Business School, and is member of Network for Business Sustainability’s Innovation Working Group, based at the University of Western Ontario's Ivey Business School. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Liveable Cities Summit’s Young Leaders Symposium. Carlos has been a faculty associate at the Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a visiting research scientist at MIT Media Lab, a research associate at the Information Technologies Group at Harvard’s Center for International Development, and an invited lecturer at Amsterdam Business School, among others.

Carlos' motivation is enabling ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results by unleashing and mobilizing their innovation capabilities, and enabling them to reach their creative potential. For achieving it, his research and teaching focus on (i) knowing and understanding the processes, methods, and techniques used by the most innovative teams in the World, (ii) developing ways for effectively enabling learning those methods by “normal” groups of people, and creating autonomous innovation teams, and (iii) exploring its extensions and applications for experience design. His current research focuses on innovation processes among Ibero-American firms.  As result, the Master's in Innovation progran Carlos founded was ranked third among the top ten in the world by Innovation Management (Sweden). He has been featured by AACSB and BizEd Magazine (UK) among the world’s leading faculty in enabling autonomous innovation teams. In December 2015, his project “A method for enabling innovation learning” received the Wharton QS Reimagine Education Award for best innovation in teaching delivery, among nearly 1000 participating projects from more than 500 universities in the World.

He founded Designing Better Futures, a design and innovation action research lab for testing innovation processes and methods within companies, and serves on the board of AcercaRedes (an NGO fostering the power of collaborative networks), SociaLab (a social innovation incubator), and Link (a business accelerator supporting women-lead businesses).  As member of Primianni, a research lab focusing on healthy early childhood development, Carlos is a representative of the Santiago Chapter for Littlebits. He has advised governments and worked with companies on innovation strategy, processes and culture, including various Fortune 100 firms. His industry experience on innovation includes pharmaceuticals, insurance, energy, telecommunications, forestry, logistics, banking, fine wines, and mining. He has been an invited speaker at universities, firms and multilateral organizations in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, including The Academy of Management, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Google, Microsoft, Aon, Abbott Laboratories, eMerge Americas Conference, Latam Airlines, Markle Foundation, Oxford Internet Institute, Movistar, Bancolombia, Familia Group, and Banco Bice.

Carlos holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy, an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT Engineering Systems Division, a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (as Fulbright Scholar), and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chile (with maximum distinctions). He lives in Santiago, with Maria, their four children, two cats and two dogs, and enjoys exploring and mountain climbing, running, home baking and playing the piano