Duke Strategy: Faculty Bios
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Howard E. Aldrich (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1969). Howard Aldrich is Kenan Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , where he won the Carlyle Sitterson Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2002 . He is chair of the Department of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, in the Kenan Flagler Business School . In 2000, he received two honors: the Swedish Foundation of Small Business Research named him the Entrepreneurship Researcher of the Year and the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management presented him with an award for a Distinguished Career of Scholarly Achievement. His 1999 book, Organizations Evolving , won the Academy of Management George Terry Award as the best management book published in 1998-1999, and was co-winner of the Max Weber Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work. His 1979 book, Organizations and Environments , was reprinted in 2007 as a "classic" by Stanford University press. His books have been translated into Japanese and Farsi. His research focuses on the conditions under which new ventures are founded, with special attention to the composition of startup teams. Over the past decade, he has been a co-investigator in two large panel studies of nascent entrepreneurs: The Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics I and II. Using these nationally representative multi-wave data sets, he has collaborated with Martin Ruef and Nancy Carter to investigate the extent to which new venture teams are homophilous by gender, race, and occupational composition. Using the PSED I with Phillip Kim, he's investigated the relative influence of human capital, social capital, and financial capital on participation in new venture creation. In another project with Steve Bradley, Dean Shepherd, and Johan Wiklund, he has investigated the impact of organizational founding conditions on the extent to which new firms can survive radical environmental changes. That study showed that independent new firms have higher initial mortality rates but survive environmental turbulence better than new subsidiaries of other firms. Beginning in the 1980s, he pioneered the cross national study of social networks and new venture creation, focusing particularly on gender differences in networking strategies. Howard has worked with multiple Duke Strategy Ph.D. students as teacher, advisor, and co-author.
James J. Anton (Ph.D., Economics, Stanford, 1984). Jim Anton is a Professor in the Economics Area at the Fuqua School of Business. He also has secondary appointments in the Department of Economics at Duke and at UNC. Prior to joining the Fuqua faculty in 1989, he served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Professor Anton's interests are in the area of industrial organization economics. His research focuses on issues involving information, incentives, contracting, and property rights in markets where strategic rivalry between firms is an important feature. He has published papers on innovation incentives and intellectual property rights, competitive pricing and sourcing, procurement contracts, auctions, incentive regulations, and antitrust issues. Professor Anton has taught a variety of courses at Fuqua, including managerial economics, economic environment of the firm (macroeconomics), and competitive analysis, and he has taught in several degree programs at Fuqua. His teaching has been recognized on past occasions, most recently with the Outstanding Professor Award from the Global Executive Classes of 2003 and of 2001. Professor Anton's research has been published in a variety of economics journals, including The American Economic Review, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, The RAND Journal of Economics, The Journal of Public Economics, and The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and also in law and policy journals. He currently serves as Associate Editor at Management Science and on the Editorial Board at the Journal of Industrial Economics. He is also a past Co-editor of The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. On the personal side, Professor Anton is married and has two sons, ages 15 and 18. He enjoys music and sports and, despite advancing years, continues to try to play volleyball.
Ashish Arora (Ph.D., Economics, Stanford, 1992). Ashish Arora is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University , where he is holds the H. John Heinz III Professorship of Economics, Innovation and Economic Development, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Computer Science . His research focuses on the economics of technology and technical change. Arora's research includes the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups, and the economics of information security. Along with Alfonso Gambardella and Andrea Fosfuri, he authored Markets for Technology: The Economics of Innovation and Corporate Strategy , MIT Press, 2001. He served as a co-director of the Software Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University until 2006. He is an Associate Editor for Management Science and is on the editorial board of five other academic journals. He has served on several committees for bodies such as the National Academy of Sciences and the Association of Computing Machinery. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century to the Secretary of Commerce.
Sharon Belenzon (Ph.D., Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003-2005; Post Doctorate, Oxford University, Nuffield College, 2005-2008). Sharon Belenzon is an Assistant Professor of Strategy. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and corporate finance. He has recently investigated, using novel data on European business groups, the role of group's internal capital markets in financing innovation. He has been interested in the (exogenous) differences in financial institutions between Europe and the U.S. In particular, he focuses on business groups as a countervailing organizational structure to U.S. conglomerates and asks how the fundamental differences between groups and conglomerates may affect the scope and novelty of innovation. In his other work, Sharon examines the nature of cumulative innovation, using data on multi-generation patent citation sequences, where he tracks the scientific evolution of knowledge over time and across firms. He examines the extent to which knowledge that spills over from an inventing firm to other firms feeds back into the subsequent research of the original firm in a future period. He studies the implications of such 'feed back' to firm value and incentives towards R&D
Richard A. Bettis (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1979). Rich is Ellison Distinguished Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina, where he directs the Ph.D. program in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department. He teaches Ph.D. seminars and two MBA courses: “Corporate Strategy” and “Strategy, Risk and Uncertainty.” He has won four teaching awards and the SMJ Best Paper Award in 1993. He is a co-editor of the Strategic Management Journal. He is a former president of the Strategic Management Society and a Fellow of the Society. His current research interests concern: Strategy under uncertainty, strategy and cognition, adaptive models of strategy, and simulation models of theory. His research appears in Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management learning and Education, Organization Science, California Management Review, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning and Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory. He has also taught and/or consulted for a variety of firms and governments around the world.
Paul N. Bloom (Ph.D., Business, Northwestern University, 1974). Paul Bloom is a Senior Research Scholar of Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Paul leads the Scaling Social Impact research proejct in our Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and teaches a course on Corporate Social Impact Management. He has had a long career researching how the field of marketing can contribute to societal welfare, including examining how marketing thinking can help to design better consumer protection and antitrust policies as well as studying social marketing, which involves developing strategies to encourage people to engage in more socially-beneficial behaviors (e.g., healthier living). In recent years, he has been particularly focused on identifying ways to persuade young people to avoid smoking, drinking-and-driving, and unhealthy eating. He is also currently studying how to make partnerships between corporations and social causes more effective at mitigating social problems while at the same time helping the sales and profitability of brands. Paul is the author or co-author of more than 100 published articles, papers, book chapters, and books; including the award wining article published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing for 1987 to 1991 and The Handbook of Marketing and Society (Sage Publications, 2001). He formerly served as Professor of Marketing at the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina (1984-2006) and held posts at the University of Maryland and the Marketing Science Institute.
Rich Burton (D.B.A, Managerial Economics and Production, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1967). Richard M. Burton is Professor of Organization and Strategy at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Rich is also Professor of Management at the EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management) in Brussels, and Honorary Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Aarhus. He is Director of the Hartman Fund at Fuqua. He has DBA from the University of Illinois, as well as BS and MBA. Rich is a Senior Editor for Organization Science, a member of the Editorial Board for the Strategic Management Journal, Co Editor of a research series on Information and Organization. Previously, he was Department Editor for Strategy, Organizational Design and Performance for Management Science and Senior Editor for Organization Science. Recently, Professor Burton was a member of the National Research Council committee on Behavioral Modeling and Simulation: From Individuals to Societies. His research focuses on organizational design and particularly its relationship to strategy for the firm. His consulting and working with firms drives his research interests. With Professor Obel, he has authored numerous articles, and books. Their Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design: The Dynamics of Fit is in its third edition. With the associated software, OrgCon, the book provides an integrated theoretical and practical approach to organizational design for strategy implementation. His most recent book is Organizational Design: A Step-by-Step Approach, 2011, with Professors DeSanctis and Obel. He has published seven books and some seventy articles on strategy, organization and management science in Organization Science, Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, among others. Rich teaches Organization Theory and Computational Modeling for Organization Science in the PhD program. Recently, he taught the MBA GATE course for China.
Aaron Chatterji (Ph.D., Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2006). Ronnie Chatterji is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Health Sector Management Program, and the Corporate Sustainability Initiative at Duke University. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. He has recently investigated sources of innovation and entrepreneurship in the medical device industry. He has been particularly interested in the intersection of business and public policy, with research on socially responsible investment firms and policies influencing minority owned businesses. Chatterji's work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New Republic. Ronnie teaches the core strategy class in the Executive MBA program (Cross Continent) and was awarded with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.
Catherine H. Clark (MBA, Columbia Business School) is an experienced impact investor, consultant and educator. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE, caseatduke.org), which prepares leaders and organizations to achieve lasting social change. She also founded and served from 2001-2010 as Faculty Director of Columbia Business School’s Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship (RISE), one of the first academic programs at a graduate business school focused on social entrepreneurship. Previously, she was an impact investor, founding several social impact investment funds and helping to manage the grants and program-related investment programs of the Markle Foundation in NY. She has engaged with many social organizations, companies, foundations and investment funds working to solve social problems, and has held diverse board and consulting positions. Professor Clark helped develop the standards for B Corporations, and in 2010 served on the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) Domestic Standards Advisory Council. She is also a founding partner in the Global Philanthropy Network’s Social Impact Exchange. In 2010 she also served on the board of Investors’ Circle and as board chair of the SJF Institute, two organizations leading the field of early-stage impact investment. She has published and consulted widely on topics of impact investing and impact assessment. She has research grants from the Skoll Foundation for her work on business models for social entrepreneurs and from the Rockefeller Foundation for her work on B-Corps and GIIRS. She has been quoted in many publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Philanthropy and has spoken widely on national platforms about social entrepreneurship, including at the White House and the US Congress. Her research and teaching interests include Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing, Social Impact Assessment, Metrics and Standards, Business Models for Social Entrepreneurs, Nonprofit Management, and Philanthropy.
Wesley M. Cohen (Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1981). Wes Cohen is Professor of Strategy and Economics, the Frederick C. Joerg Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, and Faculty Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Duke's Fuqua School of Business. He holds secondary appointments in Duke's Department of Economics and School of Law , and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. With a research focus on the economics of technological change and R&D, Professor Cohen has examined the determinants of innovative activity and performance both within and across industries, considering the roles of firm size, market structure, firm learning, knowledge flows, university research and the means that firms use to protect their intellectual property, especially patents. He has taught courses on the economics of technological change, industrial organization economics, policy analysis, organizational behavior, corporate strategy, technology strategy, entrepreneurship and the management of intellectual capital.
Jon Fjeld (Ph. D ., Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1977). Jon Fjeld is Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Jon has returned to academia after more than twenty years in marketing, engineering, and general management in start-ups and public companies. He teaches and studies entrepreneurship and innovation, with a particular focus on finding the connection between academic research and practice. His business experience includes serving as vice president of engineering for Align Technology in Santa Clara, CA, and as CEO of two RTP venture backed firms: Geomagic, a 3D software company and NetEdge Systems, a data networking equipment company. He has also held a number of management and executive positions within the networking and software business units of IBM. He began his professional career as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Duke University .
Elena Kulchina (Ph.D, Strategic Management, University of Toronto, 2012). Professor Kulchina is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy area. She received her PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Toronto. Professor Kulchina's research is at the intersection of strategic management, entrepreneurship, and international business. She is interested in the emergence strategic decisions of new organizations in the international arena. Her current work focuses on foreign entrepreneurs - individuals who establish firms outside of their native countries - and location and agglomeration strategies of foreign firms. She teaches Foundations of Strategy.
Michael Lenox (Ph.D., Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999). Mike Lenox is Visiting Associate Professor of Strategy, and was a founding director of Duke's Corporate Sustainability Initiative. Mike is currently Associate Dean & Executive Director of the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Michael has two related research streams. He studies the role of innovation for economic growth and firm competitive success, and also examines firms' non-market strategies including the prospects for industry self-regulation. Michael has taught the core strategy course in several of Duke's MBA programs. He serves on editorial boards of several strategy and entrepreneurship journals.
Arie Y. Lewin (Ph.D. Business, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1968).Arie Lewin is Professor of Strategy and Sociology at Duke University and Visiting Research Professor at IESE (since 2005) and RSM Erasmus University (since 1998) where he is also ERIM Senior Fellow. He is Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and was Editor-in-Chief (2002-2007) of Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) as well as founding Editor-in-Chief of Organization Science (1989-1998). Arie's research interests center on strategic renewal of organizations encompassing studies of adaptation and selection as co-evolutionary systems, emergence of new organizational forms, and adaptive capabilities that distinguish between innovating and imitating organizations He is the lead principal investigator for the multi year international Offshoring Research Network (ORN) project, which is tracking firm strategies, their experiences, and future plans as they involve the offshoring of administrative and technical work to low cost countries. His current research focuses on the globalization of innovation.
Giuseppe Lopomo (Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 1994). Giuseppe (Pino) Lopomo is an Associate Professor in the Economics Area at the Fuqua School of Business. He also has a secondary appointment at the Department of Economics at Duke. Prior to joining the Fuqua faculty in 2000, he has served on the faculty at the Stern School of Business of New York University. Professor Lopomo's research interests are in the area of applied microeconomic theory and applied game theory. His research on auction and market design, contracting, and incentives in environments with incomplete information, has been published in a variety of economics journals, including the Review of Economic Studies, the RAND Journal of Economics, the International Economic Review, the Journal of Industrial Economics, Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Economic Theory. Professor Lopomo has taught a variety of courses to MBA, PhD and undergraduate students, including managerial economics, competitive analysis, game theory and microeconomics.
Leslie M. Marx (Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 1994). Leslie M. Marx is Professor of Economics at the Fuqua School of Business. Marx's research focuses on the problem of anti-competitive behavior by individuals and firms, including collusion and anti-competitive contract provisions. This research improves our ability to detect collusion, teaches us how auctions and other markets can be made less susceptible to collusion, and guides antitrust authorities in understanding what behavior should be viewed as anti-competitive. Her research on auctions has been used in modifying the design of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's spectrum license auctions to make those auctions more robust to collusion, and Marx continues to advise the FCC on a number of issues. Techniques developed by Marx for evaluating the likelihood of collusion following a merger have been used in arguments before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Marx is currently working on a book on the Economics of Collusion.
Will Mitchell (Ph.D., Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1988). Will Mitchell is Professor of Strategy and the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management, with faculty affiliate positions in the Health Sector Management program, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Corporate Sustainability Initiative at Duke University. He is the area coordinator for the Fuqua School's Strategy Area. Will studies business dynamics, investigating how businesses change as the environments in which firms compete change and, in turn, how the business changes contribute to ongoing corporate success or failure. He teaches courses in business dynamics, corporate strategy, and pharmaceutical strategy. Will has served on over 50 PhD dissertation committees. He is a co-editor of the Strategic Management Journal, a board member of the Strategic Management Society, and a member of the international advisory board of Neuland Laboratories, Ltd. (Hyderabad).
Christine Moorman (Ph.D., Business, University of Pittsburgh). Christime Moorman is the T. Austin Finch, Sr. Professor of Business Administration. Chris's research focuses on understanding the nature and effects of information utilization and learning activities by consumers, managers, and organizations. She has examined these issues in contexts ranging from innovation, intra-firm partnerships, interfirm alliances, the impact of regulation, and customer relationship management for firms, as well as health and nutrition decision making for consumers. Her work has been published in Journal of Marketing Research , Journal of Consumer Research , Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing , Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing , Academy of Management Review, and Administrative Science Quarterly . Chris is on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Marketing Research (Associate Editor), Journal of Marketing , Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Research , and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing . Her research has been supported by over a dozen grants from the Marketing Science Institute and two grants from the National Science Foundation. Chris has edited the book Assessing Marketing Strategy Performance with Don Lehmann. Chris is a former member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Marketing Strategy Special Interest Group for the AMA, former Director of Public Policy for ACR, and an Academic Trustee for the Marketing Science Institute.
Barak D. Richman (J.D., Harvard Law School, 2002; Ph.D., Business, University of California, Berkeley, in process). Barak Richman is Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and a faculty associate of the Duke University Health Sector Management Program. His research interests include the economics of contracting, new institutional economics, antitrust, and healthcare policy. He teaches contracts, antitrust, and health law, and he has guest taught classes at The Fuqua School of Business and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Prior to coming to Duke, Professor Richman served as a law clerk to Judge Bruce M. Selya of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1994-1996, he handled international trade legislation as a staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Finance, then chaired by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and from 1996-1997 he lectured in international economics at Hanoi National University as a Henry R. Luce Scholar. His work has been published in a wide range of journals, including the Columbia Law Review , the University of Pennsylvania Law Review , Law and Social Inquiry , and Health Affairs.
David B. Ridley (Ph.D., Economics, Duke University, 2001). David Ridley is an Assistant Professor of Strategy. In his research David examines business strategies for innovation and differentiation, and how these strategies interact with government policy. Much of David's research concerns the biopharmaceutical industry. To encourage development of more biopharmaceutical treatments for neglected diseases, David, with Henry Grabowski and Jeffrey Moe, proposed a priority review voucher prize. The prize became law in 2007. David has also written a series of papers on retail business location. These papers explore the implications of new market entry, differentiation and competition, and the influence of government policy. David teaches health economics and strategy, and co-teaches pharmaceutical economics and management. In the past he taught industrial organization, game theory, and microeconomics.
Richard Staelin (Ph.D., Business, University of Michigan, 1969). Rick Staelin is the Edward and Rose Donnell Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University . Rick taught at Carnegie-Mellon University (13 years), the University of Chicago (one semester), and the Australian Graduate School of Management (one year) prior to his arrival at Duke in 1982. Since then he has been Deputy Dean (twice), Associate Dean of Executive Education, Executive Director for the Teradata Center for CRM, and the initial Managing Director of GEMBA at Duke. He has received best paper awards at JMR, JM, and Marketing Science, as well as the Outstanding Educator award and the Converse award from the AMA. He has served on the editorial boards of Marketing Science, JMR, JM, and JCR, and was the editor of Marketing Science for three years and the Consulting Editor for JM's special issue on CRM. He currently is AE for JRIM and still reviews for all of the major journals. He will become President of INFORMS Society of Marketing Science in January 2008. Staelin has served on over 40 Ph.D. committees and is on the Board of Directors for a small biotech firm (BioElectronics) and the Advisory Board for a small CRM firm (Intelliworks). Rick's strategy-related research interests include strategic alliances; the impact of market share, R&D, and the use of different marketing mix activities on corporate profits; channel management; the impact of hospital management practices on patient care; and the effects of different portfolios of soft drink sizes on caloric consumption in fast food restaurants.
Bennet A. Zelner (Ph.D., Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2001). Bennet Zelner is an Associate Professor of Strategy. He studies two related topics at the intersection of strategic management and public policy: How multinational firms manage the risks and opportunities arising from changes in the policy environment, and why national governments choose to undertake such changes. Most of his work is cross-national and comparative, focusing specifically on infrastructure industries such as electricity and telecommunications that have undergone market-oriented reforms such as privatization, deregulation, and liberalization in many countries. Bennet currently teaches the core strategy course in Duke’s Cross Continent MBA program. His research has appeared in journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and others. Bennet serves on the editorial review board of the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Global Strategy Journal. He also sits on the board of directors of the Probity Group, a consultancy specializing in the management of high-impact risk to business and government activity.