Dr. Marie Thursby is a Regents' Professor Emeritus and member of the Strategy faculty at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, and an adjunct professor in the Economics department at Emory University. She has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 1987.
In 2002, she founded the internationally acclaimed program, Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Returns (TI:GER®)--a unique educational collaboration between Georgia Tech and Emory. TI:GER teams PhD students in engineering and science with MBA and JD students in an experiential curriculum focused on the intersection of technical, legal and business issues at the heart of innovation. Established with an NSF Integrative Graduate Education in Research Training (IGERT) award, TI:GER has received numerous awards including the Award for Exceptional Activity in Entrepreneurship across Disciplines from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award, and the Model Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award from the United States Association for Small Business Enterprise.
Dr. Thursby has published extensively on the economics of innovation, with particular emphasis on the role of universities in innovation systems, multinational R&D decisions, and the role of contracts in effective technology transfer. Her publications have appeared in top peer reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review, Management Science, and Science. Her current research is focused on incentive problems in biomedical translational research and in information sharing among competitive researchers. She has been an Associate Editor in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Area of Management Science 2003. Her research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. Additionally, she has been the Georgia Tech Social and Ethical Coordinator for the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.
During her years of service to Georgia Tech, she held the Hal and John Smith Chair of Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she held the Burton D. Morgan Chair of International Policy and Management at Purdue University where she established three multidisciplinary programs: the Innovation Realization Lab (IRL) established in 1998 with an NSF IGERT, the Alan and Mildred Peterson Technology Transfer Initiative, and the Purdue Center for International Business Education and Research. She held prior faculty appointments at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, and North Carolina State University. She received her A.B., cum laude, in Economics from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Related Links
Conti, A., Thursby, J., Thursby, M. (2013) "Patents as Signals for Startup Financing," NBER Working Papers 19191.
Conti, A., Thursby, M., Rothaermel, F. (2013) "Show Me the Right Stuff: High Tech Startup Signals," Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 22, Summer 2013, 341-364.
M.J.Higgins, J.Thursby, M.Thursby, Bench-to-bench bottlenecks in translation. Sci. Transl. Med. 6, 250fs32 (2014)
Haeussler, C., Jiang, L., Thursby, J., Thursby, M. (2011) “Sharing among Competing Researchers”.
Conti, A., Thursby, M., Rothaermel, F. (2011) “Show Me the Right Stuff: Signals for High Tech Startups”.
Thursby, M., Fuller, A., and Thursby J. (2010) “An Integrated Approach to Educating Professionasl for Careers in Innovation,” Academy of Management Learning and Education 8, 389-405.
Thursby, J. and Thursby M. (2010) “University Licensing: Harnessing or Tarnishing Research,” Innovation Policy and the Economy, Joshua Lerner and Scott Stern, eds, 159-189.
Dechenaux, E., Thursby M., and Thursby J. (2009) “Shirking, Sharing Risk, and Shelving,” International Journal of Industrial Organization 27, 2009, 80-91.
Dechenaux, E., Goldfarb, B., Shane S., and Thursby M. (2008) “Appropriability and Commercialization: Evidence from MIT Inventions,” Management Science 52, 893-906.
Thursby, M., Thursby J., and Gupta-Mukherjee, S. (2007) “Are there Real Effects of Licensing on Academic Research: A Life Cycle View,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 63, 577-598.
Thursby J. and Thursby M. (2006) “Where is the New Science in Corporate R&D?” Science 314, Dec. 8.
Thursby, J. and Thursby M. (2003) “University Licensing and the Bayh Dole Act,” Science 301, 1052.
Thursby, J. and Thursby M. (2002) “Who is Selling the Ivory Tower: The Sources of Growth in University Licensing,” Management Science.
Jensen, R. and Thursby M. (2001) “Proofs and Prototypes for sale: The Licensing of University Inventions,” American Economic Review, 240-259.