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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Our PhD graduates hold positions in leading universities and private industry around the world.
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Dissertation: What is the Role of the State in Entrepreneurship and Venture Performance?
Professor of Strategy, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill
Dissertation: Learning from Heterogeneous Experience: The internationalization of entrepreneurial firms
Consultant; Former Google Senior VP
Dissertation: A Multiple Horizon Strategy for Managing Time in High Technology Environments: The Case of Multiple Product Development Projects
Vice President, Origin Biosciences
Dissertation: Strategy as Competitive Moves: Extending Competitive Dynamics Research to New Markets and New Moves
Associate Professor of Management, University of Washington
Dissertation: The Impact of Funding Sources on Innovation in New Firms
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD
Dissertation: Collaborative Innovation, Organizational Symbiosis, and the Embeddedness of Strategy
Dissertation: Leveraging Social Networks: Early Stage Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley
Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University
Dissertation: Institutional Change and Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor of Strategy, Brigham Young University and INSEAD
Dissertation: Cognitive Flexibility: The Adaptive Reality of Concrete Organization Change
Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Aviva Chair in Leadership, INSEAD
Dissertation: The Evolution of Intracorporate Domains: divisional charter losses in high-technology multidivisional corporations
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Dissertation: Decoding the CEO-Board Relationship: Strategic Decision Making and Monitoring in Entrepreneurial Firms
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Dissertation: Devotion to an Innovation Process: The Case Study in Human Centered Design
Assistant Professor, Boston University
Dissertation: The Emergence of a New Organizational Field — Labels, Meaning and Emotion in Nanotechnology
Associate Professor, University of Texas — Austin
Dissertation: Decision-Making, Negotiation and Integration Issues in Acquisitions of High-Tech Start-ups
Associate Professor, University of Washington
Dissertation: The Origin of the Network Positions of New Organizations — How Entrepreneurs Raise Funds
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Management Department
Dissertation: Firm Strategy in Nascent Ecosystems
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
Chairman & Founder, Qalaa Holdings
Dissertation: The Evolution of Joint Development Alliances
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Dissertation: Linkages Between Competitive Product Moves and Organizational Capabilities in Rapidly-Changing Environments
Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy, INSEAD
Dissertation:Online Sellers’ Offline Environments — Implications for Platform Strategy
Assistant Profesor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Engineering
Dissertation: Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Individual, Team and Organizational Capabilities
Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
Dissertation: Entrepreneurship and Family Businesses in an Emerging Economy
Associate Professor, University of Alabama
Dissertation: Where are All the Synergies?: The Co-evolution of Cross-business Synergies in the New Economy
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Dissertation: Competition and Strategic Interaction in New Markets
Associate Professor, INSEAD
Dissertation: Antecedents of Boundary Disagreement in Distributed and Collocated Teams
Head of School, Oxbridge Academy
Dissertation: Tweaking the Iconic: The Management of Continuity-Constrained Resources
Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Dissertation: Institutional Convergence and the Diffusion of University — Versus Firm-Origin Technologies
Professor, University of California — Irvine
Dissertation: Creating Opportunities for Change: how formal problem solving interventions work
Associate Professor, Boston University
Dissertation: The Co-evolution of the Open Source Community and Emerging Business Models
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
Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School
Dissertation: Start-ups in nascent markets: Building a strong alliance portfolio from a low-power position
Associate Professor, Queen’s University
Dissertation: The Role of Founders in Entrepreneurial Science
Assistant Professor, INSEAD
Dissertation: Competing in Intermediated Markets
Founder & Chairman, Scanmarker
Dissertation: Global Versus Locally Focused Activities in Organizations
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
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
Chief Operating Officer, Guideline Technologies
Dissertation: Nascent technology ventures and corporate venture funding
Professor and Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, Universidade Católica, Lisbon
Dissertation: The Management of Organizational Boundaries in High-Tech Industries
Assistant Professor, Babson College
Dissertation: Managing novel product concepts: A process theory
Assistant Professor, University College London
Dissertation: Rivalry and Innovation
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 Don Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (UC Irvine), and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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.