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Wharton Technology and Innovation Conference 2014

April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11 | 11:45 AM - Saturday, April 12 | 2:00 PM EDT
Hoover Lounge, Vance Hall

Wharton Technology and Innovation Conference

Organized by Saikat Chaudhuri and Rahul Kapoor

Agenda: Friday, April 11

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. — REGISTRATION AND LUNCH

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — WELCOME

George Day (Co-director, Mack Institute, The Wharton School)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — PLATFORMS AND ECOSYSTEMS

Discussant: Michael Jacobides (LBS)

Platform Choice by Mobile Apps Developers
Tim Bresnahan, Joe Orsini and Pai-Ling Yin (Stanford)

Joining an Ecosystem: Organizational Implications
Elizabeth Altman (Harvard)

Participation Dynamics in Crowd-Based Knowledge Production: The Scope And Sustainability of Interest-Based Motivation
Henry Sauermann (Georgia Tech) and Chiara Franzoni (Politecnico di Milano)

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. — BREAK

2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. — NEW VENTURE DEVELOPMENT

Discussant: David Hsu (Wharton)

Patents as Collateral and the Market for Venture Lending
Yael Hochberg (Northwestern/NBER), Carlos Serrano (Pompeu Fabra/NBER) and Rosemarie Ziedonis (Oregon)

Enforcing Covenants Not to Compete: The Life-Cycle Impact on New Firms
Evan Starr (Michigan), Natarajan Balasubramanian (Syracuse) and Mariko Sakakibara (UCLA)

Do Accelerators Accelerate? A Study of Venture Accelerators as a Path to Success
Ben Hallen (LBS), Chris Bingham (North Carolina) and Susan Cohen (Richmond)

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. — BREAK


Discussant: Dan Levinthal (Wharton)

Where Do Dominant Technologies Come From? The Role Of Firms’ Technological Scope and Specialization Under Uncertainty
PK Toh and Cameron Miller (Minnesota)

The Radical Flank Effect and Incumbent Firm Adaptation to Environmental Change
Emily Truelove and Katherine Kellogg (MIT)

Predicting High Tech Innovation Failures: Application of Predictive Analytics to Big Data on Market Failures of Medical Devices
Ujjal Mukherjee and Kingshuk Sinha (Minnesota)


Agenda: Saturday, April 12

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — DRIVERS OF FIRM INNOVATION

Discussant: Glenn Hoetker (Arizona State)

The ‘Complicated Life’ of Managing Innovation
Kenneth Younge (Purdue) and Tony Tong (Colorado)

Global R&D and Firm Innovation: Alignment with Home Country Connectedness and Collaborative Capability
Anupama Phene and Srividya Jandhyala (GWU)

The Roles of the Giant Cluster in Knowledge Diffusion and Recombination
Sungyong Chang (Columbia), Jeho Lee and Jaeyong Song (Seoul National University)

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — PURSUIT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Discussant: Rajshree Agarwal (Maryland)

Fools Rush In: A Behavioral Perspective on Incumbent Pursuit of Radical Technologies
J.P. Eggers (NYU) and Aseem Kaul (Minnesota)

Seeing Rainbows While Others Flee: How Innovation In The Most Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Grew After The Burst Of The Telecommunications Bubble
Eyiwunmi Akinsanmi (Carnegie Mellon), Ray Reagans (MIT) and Erica Fuchs (Carnegie Mellon)

The Effects of Exogenous and Endogenous Uncertainty on Venture Capitalists’ Investment Trajectories in the Clean Energy Sector
Anu Wadhwa (EPFL), Xin Yao (Colorado) and Antoaneta Petkova (SFSU)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — LUNCH AND ADJOURN



  • Date: Friday, April 11 - Saturday, April 12
  • Time: 11:45 AM EDT

Event Organizers

  • Rahul Kapoor
  • Saikat Chaudhuri