David Reibstein

David Reibstein
  • William Stewart Woodside Professor
  • Professor of Marketing

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    743 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: brand equity, marketing metrics, competitive marketing strategies, product line strategy, resource allocation

Links: CV, Personal Website


Professor David J. Reibstein’s research focuses on branding, nation branding, marketing metrics, product line decisions, and competitive marketing strategies, among other issues. Professor Reibstein’s research on product line extensions addresses whether a firm should introduce an extension under an existing brand name or use a new brand. His marketing metrics work has focused on linking marketing metrics to financial consequences, entitled Marketing Metrics: The Manager’s Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance, 4th ed. His most recent book was Resilient Marketing.

Professor Reibstein is the immediate past chair of the Responsible Research in Business & Management (RRBM), was the chairman of the board of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the executive director of the Marketing Science Institute (MSI). He serves on the advisory board of the Center of Environmental Intelligence (CEI), and several other companies. He consults extensively with companies worldwide, including Google, Verizon, Shell Oil, Intel, Genentech, Novartis, and others. He also has been involved as an expert witness in numerous cases including Apple vs Samsung.

His research has been published in top-tier academic journals including Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Finance, Journal of Marketing, and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. Professor Reibstein is also the author or co-author of numerous books and chapters in books on subjects including competitive marketing strategy, global branding, and marketing performance measurement, among others.

Professor Reibstein is a dynamic, award-winning teacher who has been honored with more than 30 teaching awards. He also received the John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award of Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, an honor given to a graduate whose service within the academic community reflects the spirit and service of former Krannert Dean John Day. His teaching interests include Marketing Strategy in the MBA Program, as well as teaching Competitive Marketing Strategy, Marketing Metrics, Pricing Strategies, and various other programs for Wharton’s Executive Education Program.

Professor Reibstein received his PhD from Purdue University and his BS and BA degrees from the University of Kansas.

Professor Reibstein has conducted a series of in-depth interviews with CEOs and CMOs on the topic of marketing measurement. He is also conducted numerous interviews on how companies have managed during the COVID pandemic. You can view the two video series below:

Measured Thoughts by David Reibstein

Managing Through a Pandemic

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All Courses

  • MKTG6130 - Stratgic Mktg Simulation

    Building upon Marketing 611, Marketing 613 is an intensive immersion course designed to develop skills in formulating and implementing marketing strategies for brands and businesses. The central activity will be participation in a realistic integrative product management simulation named SABRE. In SABRE, students will form management teams that oversee all critical aspects of modern product management: the design and marketing of new products, advertising budgeting and design, sales force sizing and allocation, and production planning. As in the real world, teams will compete for profitability, and the success that each team has in achieving this goal will be a major driver of the class assessment. The SABRE simulation is used to convey the two foci of learning in the course: the changing nature of strategic problems and their optimal solutions as industries progress through the product life cycle, and exposure to the latest analytic tools for solving these problems. Specifically, SABRE management teams will receive training in both how to make optimal use of marketing research information to reduce uncertainty in product design and positioning, as well as decision support models to guide resource allocation.

  • MKTG8990 - Independent Study

    A student contemplating an independent study project must first find a faculty member who agrees to supervise and approve the student's written proposal as an independent study (MKTG 899). If a student wishes the proposed work to be used to meet the ASP requirement, he/she should then submit the approved proposal to the MBA adviser who will determine if it is an appropriate substitute. Such substitutions will only be approved prior to the beginning of the semester.

  • PSYC4998 - Mentored Research

    Mentored research involving data collection. Students do independent empirical work under the supervision of a faculty member, leading to a written paper. Normally taken in the junior or senior year.

  • PSYC4999 - Honors Mentored Research

    The Honors Program has been developed to recognize excellence in psychology among Penn undergraduates and to enhance skills related to psychological research. The 4998 credit signifies an Honors Independent Study, completed as part of the Honors Program. The honors program involves: (a) completing a year-long empirical research project in your senior year under the supervision of a faculty member (for a letter grade). This earns 2 cu's. (b) completing a second term of statistics (for a letter grade) before graduation. (c) participating in the year-long Senior Honors seminar (for a letter grade). This seminar is designed especially for Psychology Honors majors; this receives a total of 1 cu. (d) participating in the Undergraduate Psychology Research Fair in the Spring semester, at which honors students present a poster and give a 15-minute talk about their research. (e) a total of 15 cu's in psychology is required. Students will be selected to be part of the Honors Program in the Spring of their junior year (see application process online)

Awards and Honors

  • 2024 Academic Ace Award, 2024 Description

    Woxsen University

  • 2021 PwC Finance Forum Best Paper Award, 2021 Description

    “Inalienable Customer Capital, Corporate Liquidity, and Stock Returns,” with Weinstein Wei Dou, Yan Ji, and Wei Wu.

  • SSRN Top Ten Download List 2020, 2020 Description

    This recognition was given for the 2019 working paper, “Drowning in Metrics: How Managers Select and Trade-off Metrics for Making Marketing Budgetary Decisions.”

  • Fellow at the College of Physicians, 2017
  • Marshall Blume Prizes in Financial Research, 2017 Description

    The Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research winner of the 2017 Marshall Blume Prizes in Financial Research for “Consumer Capital, Financial Constraints and Stock Returns” by Winston Wei Dou, Yan Jim David Reibstein and Wei Wu.

  • Global Initiative’s Research & Teaching Materials Program Award, 2015
  • Alex Panos Award, 2015
  • MSI Top Download Award 2015, 2015 Description

    This award was given for the 2014 MSI working paper, “Marketing Return on Investment:  Seeking Clarity for Concept and Measurement.”


  • iSIG Fellow 2014, 2014
  • The Earl E. Dyess Lectureship in Marketing, 2011
  • Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award 1993-1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 Description

    1993-1998,2004, 2005, 2007, 2008

  • Wharton Class of 2008 “Goes above and beyond the call of duty” Award, 2008
  • Marketing Metrics: 50+ Metrics Every Executive Should Master (2006) was named as the “Best Business Book: Marketing” by Strategy & Business, 2007
  • Wharton Class of 2007 “Goes above and beyond the call of duty” Award, 2007
  • Awarded the Wharton Excellence in Teaching Award 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993-1999, 2006 Description

    1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988, 1993-1999, 2006, 2020

  • John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award, 2005 Description

    Purdue University

  • WEMBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 1995-1998 Description

    1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2020

  • The Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Graduate Division, 1995 Description


  • Named “The Pick of the B-school Crop,” Business Week, 1993 Description


  • The Class of 1984 award (for the best teaching rating at Wharton for the preceding two years) 1987, 1995 Description

    For the best teaching rating at Wharton for the preceding two years- 1987, 1995

  • Selected by Fortune magazine as one of the nation’s eight “Most Favorite Business School Professors”, 1982 Description

    The only one selected in marketing

  • Wharton Anvil Award Finalist (selected by students) 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 Description

    Selected by students – 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

  • University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award Nominee (selected by faculty), 1982 Description

    1981-82 – selected by faculty

  • The Outstanding Graduate Instructor at Purdue University The Krannert School (selected by students), 1973-1974 Description

    The Krannert School, 1973-74 (selected by students)

  • An Outstanding Graduate Instructor at Purdue University (selected by students and faculty), 1973-1974 Description

    The Krannert School, 1973-74 (selected by students and faculty)

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David Reibstein and Robert L. Vigil, “Common (Mis)applications of Conjoint Analysis in Litigation”. In Handbook of marketing analytics: methods and applications in marketing management, public policy, and litigation support, edited by, (2024)
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