Leading-edge research on entrepreneurship and innovation within technology-based companies.

STVP faculty, Ph.D. students, visiting scholars and industry partners are committed to basic and applied research that enhances our understanding of how new technology businesses, in both established and startup firms, form, survive and grow. These insights are then shared in leading academic publications, our teaching materials, popular media, and in the training of future professors of entrepreneurship through STVP’s doctoral program.


Kathleen Eisenhardt

Co-Director, STVP

Kathleen Eisenhardt

Riitta Katila

Co-Director, STVP

Riitta Katila

Chuck Eesley

Associate Professor, MS&E

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Robert Sutton

Professor, MS&E


Tom Byers

Co-Director, STVP

Tom Byers

PhD Students

Parisa Assar
Parisa Assar

Jiang Bian
Jiang Bian

Robert Bremner
Robert Bremner

Khonika Gope
Khonika Gope

Zahra Hejrati
Seyedeh Zahra Hejrati

Kira Marie Kalkus
Kira Kalkus

Carrington Motley
Carrington Motley

Philipp Reineke
Philipp Reineke

Ron Tidhar
Ron Tidhar

Eric Volmar
Eric Volmar

Tyler Whittle
Tyler Whittle

You (Willow) Wu
Willow Wu

Program Info

Research Focus

The research of STVP faculty, alumni and students helps deepen our understanding of technology entrepreneurship, innovation and business strategy. Our work combines theoretical ideas with field-based understanding of the real-world challenges faced by technology firms. Our insights are strengthened both by the multi-disciplinary expertise in Stanford’s School of Engineering and our proximity to Silicon Valley. STVP projects examine a range of topics, such as:
  • technology innovation
  • strategic interaction and competition
  • partner relationships and network formation
  • globalization and entrepreneurship in emerging economies
  • venture financing
STVP research relies on a variety of methods, including large-scale statistical analysis, laboratory experiments, simulation and qualitative research, such as interviews. Our research focuses on a variety of technologies with particular emphasis on information and web technologies, medical devices, clean-tech energy and robotics.

Doctoral Program

STVP’s doctoral program prepares students to become leading academic experts on technology entrepreneurship, innovation and business strategy. Our doctoral students produce research and sharpen both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies with the mentorship of leading-edge faculty. Applications must be submitted via STVP’s home department, Management Science & Engineering (MS&E) and by selecting one of STVP’s research specialties as an academic interest.

STVP’s research specialties include:
Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Focus on innovation, competition, collaboration of established firms, formation and growth of ventures
Entrepreneurial Policy
  • Focus on the role of public policy in shaping the rate, nature and success of entrepreneurial activities as well as the formation of new ventures
The faculty welcomes applications from students with social science or technical degrees — the blending of engineering and social science is the department’s trademark. Our doctoral students combine studies in engineering, management, sociology, psychology and economics to gain a unique and balanced perspective. Our students not only take courses in MS&E, but also have access to Stanford’s entire organizational-studies community, one of the largest and most highly regarded in the country. STVP doctoral students typically complete degree requirements in four to five years. Students complete both a written comprehensive exam and a second-year paper, displaying both a literature review covering the first two years of coursework, and some original analysis in organizational studies. Most program graduates pursue academic careers at leading business and engineering schools, or explore career opportunities in industry.

PhD Alumni

Our PhD graduates become leading academics and hold positions at Carnegie Mellon, Harvard University, INSEAD, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and many more.

Daniel Armanios (2015)

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Dissertation: What is the Role of the State in Entrepreneurship and Venture Performance?

Christopher B. Bingham (2005)

Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill

Dissertation: Learning from Heterogeneous Experience: The internationalization of entrepreneurial firms

Shona Brown (1995)

Member of Corporate Boards; Former Google Senior VP

Dissertation: A Multiple Horizon Strategy for Managing Time in High Technology Environments: The Case of Multiple Product Development Projects

Eric Chen (2007)

Vice President, Origin Biosciences

Dissertation: Strategy as Competitive Moves: Extending Competitive Dynamics Research to New Markets and New Moves

Emily Cox Pahnke (2010)

Associate Professor of Management, University of Washington

Dissertation: The Impact of Funding Sources on Innovation in New Firms

Jason Davis (2007)

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

Dissertation: Collaborative Innovation, Organizational Symbiosis, and the Embeddedness of Strategy

Fabrizio Ferraro (2003)

Professor, IESE

Dissertation: Leveraging Social Networks: Early Stage Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Robert Eberhart (2013)

Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University

Dissertation: Institutional Change and Entrepreneurship

Nathan Furr (2009)

Associate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD

Dissertation: Cognitive Flexibility: The Adaptive Reality of Concrete Organization Change

Charles Galunic (1994)

Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Aviva Chair in Leadership, INSEAD

Dissertation: The Evolution of Intracorporate Domains: divisional charter losses in high-technology multidivisional corporations

Sam Garg (2011)

Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Dissertation: Decoding the CEO-Board Relationship: Strategic Decision Making and Monitoring in Entrepreneurial Firms

Elizabeth Gerber (2008)

Associate Professor, Segal Design Institute Northwestern

Dissertation: Devotion to an Innovation Process: The Case Study in Human Centered Design

Stine Grodal (2007)

Associate Professor, Boston University

Dissertation: The Emergence of a New Organizational Field — Labels, Meaning and Emotion in Nanotechnology

Melissa Graebner (2001)

Associate Professor, University of Texas — Austin

Dissertation: Decision-Making, Negotiation and Integration Issues in Acquisitions of High-Tech Start-ups

Benjamin Hallen (2007)

Associate Professor, University of Washington

Dissertation: The Origin of the Network Positions of New Organizations — How Entrepreneurs Raise Funds

Douglas Hannah (2015)

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dissertation: Firm Strategy in Nascent Ecosystems

Andy Hargadon (1998)

Professor & Founding Director of Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California — Davis

Dissertation: The Theory and Practice of Knowledge Brokering: case studies of continuous innovation

Ahmed Heikal (1992)

Chairman & Founder, Qalaa Holdings

Dissertation: The Evolution of Joint Development Alliances

Quintus Jett (1999)

Senior Research Fellow, Rutgers University

Dissertation: Linkages Between Competitive Product Moves and Organizational Capabilities in Rapidly-Changing Environments

Wesley Koo (2018)

Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy, INSEAD

Dissertation: Online Sellers’ Offline Environments — Implications for Platform Strategy

Michael Leatherbee (2015)

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Engineering

Dissertation: Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Individual, Team and Organizational Capabilities

Jian Bai “Jamber” Li (2016)

Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

Dissertation: Entrepreneurship and Family Businesses in an Emerging Economy

Jeff Martin (2002)

Associate Professor, University of Alabama

Dissertation: Where are All the Synergies?: The Co-evolution of Cross-business Synergies in the New Economy

Rory McDonald (2011)

Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

Dissertation: Competition and Strategic Interaction in New Markets

Mark Mortensen (2003)

Associate Professor and Area Chair of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD

Dissertation: Antecedents of Boundary Disagreement in Distributed and Collocated Teams

Ralph Maurer (2008)

Head of School, Oxbridge Academy

Dissertation: Tweaking the Iconic: The Management of Continuity-Constrained Resources

Andrew Nelson (2007, post-doc 2008)

Associate Professor and Randall C. Pape Chair in Entrepreneurship, University of Oregon

Dissertation: Institutional Convergence and the Diffusion of University — Versus Firm-Origin Technologies

Gerardo Okhuysen (1997)

Professor and Associate Dean, University of California — Irvine

Dissertation: Creating Opportunities for Change: how formal problem solving interventions work

Siobhan O’Mahony (2002)

Feld Family Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Boston University

Dissertation: The Co-evolution of the Open Source Community and Emerging Business Models

Timothy Ott (2017)

Assistant Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dissertation: From opportunity to strategy: How executives create a system of interdependent strategic decisions

Pinar Ozcan (2005)

Associate Professor, Warwick Business School

Dissertation: Start-ups in nascent markets: Building a strong alliance portfolio from a low-power position

Henning Piezunka (2014)

Assistant Professor, INSEAD

Dissertation: Competing in Intermediated Markets

Jason Rathje (2019)

Partner, Air Force Ventures

Dissertation: Essays on Public Funding and For-Profit Innovation

Reuven Regev (1990)

Founder & Chairman, Scanmarker

Dissertation: Global Versus Locally Focused Activities in Organizations

Zachariah Rodgers (2017)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HEC Paris

Dissertation: The overriding power of ought nots: Evidence from microfinance for why some types of hybrid organizations fail to achieve comprehensive performance

Keith Rollag (2000)

Dean of F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College

Dissertation: Newcomers, Oldtimers, and Relative Tenure: Organizational Assimilation as an Outcome of Social Comparison

Jeff Rosenberger (2004)

Chief Operating Officer, Guideline Technologies

Dissertation: Nascent technology ventures and corporate venture funding

Filipe M. Santos (2003)

Dean, Professor, and Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, Universidade Católica, Lisbon

Dissertation: The Management of Organizational Boundaries in High-Tech Industries

Victor Seidel (2005)

Associate Professor, Babson College

Dissertation: Managing novel product concepts: A process theory

Sruthi Thatchenkery (2016)

Assistant Professor, University College London

Dissertation: Rivalry and Innovation

Research Events

West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship

The West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship (WCRS) provides an intellectually stimulating experience and a community focused on cutting-edge research mapping the theoretical domain of technology entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. WCRS is co-sponsored by STVP, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Washington), the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship (University of Oregon), the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (USC), the Technology Commercialization Centre (University of Alberta), and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Stanford Social Science and Technology Seminar

The Social Science and Technology Seminar is co-sponsored by STVP and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). Seminars take place at Stanford on select Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. View upcoming seminars on the SIEPR website.