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Strategy & Innovation

Faculty in the Strategy & Innovation area focus on research and teaching in the areas of strategy and innovation. Strategy is defined by the question of 'Why are some companies successful while others fail?'

The field builds on and integrates other functional areas to further our understanding of how firms gain and sustain a competitive advantage. Innovation, in turn, broadly includes value creating activities, such as those associated with the creation of new or improved ideas, products, processes, services, and organizational business models. Examples of topics of research interest and strength for our area at the intersection of strategy and innovation are technology-based entrepreneurship, R&D productivity, appropriability of returns from innovation, internal and external knowledge networks, intellectual human capital, and markets for technology.

Current Areas of Research
  • Allocation of talent
  • Business strategy and competition
  • Corporate strategy (mergers and acquisitions, corporate venture capital, strategic alliances)
  • Economic geography
  • Economics of digitization
  • Economics of innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and occupational choice
  • Human capital and labor mobility
  • Impact of regulation on innovation
  • Industry evolution
  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Inter- and intra-firm knowledge networks and innovation
  • Internationalization of Chinese state-owned enterprises
  • Knowledge spillovers
  • Markets for technology
  • Patent law and policy
  • Pharmaceutical economics
  • Sustainable development and multinational enterprises
  • Technology diffusion
  • Technology entrepreneurship and venture capital financing
  • Technology standards
Strategy & Innovation Faculty
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Marco Ceccagnoli
Area Coordinator, Associate Professor 
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Jonathan Giuliano
Professor of the Practice 
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Stuart Graham
Associate Professor 
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David N. Ku
Regents Professor, Special Chairholder 
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John McIntyre
Professor, Program Director 
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Alexander Oettl
Associate Professor, PhD Coordinator 
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Frank T. Rothaermel
Professor, Special Chairholder 
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Pian Shu
Assistant Professor 
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Eunhee Sohn
Assistant Professor 
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Peter Thompson
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Laurina Zhang
Assistant Professor 

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John Walsh
Professor, School of Public Policy (courtesy appointment) 
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Keith McGreggor
Professor of the Practice of School of Interactive Computing