Sven A. Beiker

Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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Sven A. Beiker

Lecturer in Management

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Teaching Statement

Dr. Sven Beiker believes in utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to learning and decision making. He is motivated to bring academia and industry together in a class environment and for research initiatives toward the future of individual mobility. Dr. Beiker is a Lecturer teaching S574, "Strategic Thinking in Action - In Business and Beyond", with Professor Robert A. Burgelman, Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business.


Sven Beiker is a Lecturer in Management at the GSB, and the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, an independent consulting & advisory firm. He covers the electrification, automation, connectivity, and sharing of automobiles through the lens of new technologies and business models. This is reflected in his teaching at the GSB as well as in his professional engagements. Prior to his independent consulting work, he served as an Expert Consultant for mobility topics at McKinsey & Company for 2.5 years.

Dr. Beiker is also the former Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, an industry affiliates program that he launched in 2008 together with Stanford Professors Gerdes, Nass, and Thrun. Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Beiker worked at the BMW Group for more than 13 years. Between 1995 and 2008 he pursued responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He primarily applied his expertise to chassis and powertrain projects, which also provided him with profound insights into the industry’s processes and best practices. In addition, he worked in three major automotive and technology locations: Germany, Silicon Valley, and Detroit.

Dr. Beiker received his MS (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. He published various technical papers and holds several patents in the fields of vehicle dynamics and powertrain technology.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), 1999
  • MS, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), 1995

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2008
  • Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2011-present
  • Lecturer, Stanford School of Engineering, 2008-present

Professional Experience

  • Project Manager, BMW Hybrid Technology Corp., Troy, MI, 2006-2008
  • Senior Engineer, BMW Technology Office, Palo Alto, CA, 2003-2006
  • Innovation Manager, BMW Group, Munich, Germany, 2000-2003
  • Simulation Engineer, BMW Group, Munich, Germany, 1998-1999

Awards and Honors

  • Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, SAE International, 2006


Journal Articles

Sven A. Beiker
European Journal of Futures Research
August 2015 Vol. 3 Issue 11
Sven A. Beiker, Karl Heinz Gaubatz, J. Christian Gerdes, Kirstin L. Rock
April 3, 2006
Kirstin L. Rock, Sven A. Beiker, Shad Laws, J. Christian Gerdes
November 2005 Pages 583-592
Sven A. Beiker, Manfred Mitschke
ATZ Worldwide
2001 Vol. 103 Issue 1 Pages 15-18

Working Papers

Stanford Case Studies

Robert Burgelman, Sven A Beiker, Yves Meyer, Alexandre Martins, Rishabh Bhandari

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Executive Director Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) 2008-present

School News

July 11, 2012
Award-winning economist Susan Athey, noted econometrician Guido Imbens, corporate finance expert Joshua Rauh, and others to join Stanford GSB faculty.