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Wharton Technology & Innovation Conference 2016

April 08, 2016

Friday, April 8 | 11:45 AM - Saturday, April 9 | 2:00 PM EDT
Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall Room 351

Wharton Technology and Innovation Conference

Organized by Saikat Chaudhuri and Rahul Kapoor

The Mack Institute for Innovation Management and the Wharton School’s Management department co-sponsor an annual two-day academic event designed to encourage, cultivate, and profile management researchers studying technology-based industries and firms. Leading academics on technology and innovation present their findings to their peers and engage in discussion of leading-edge questions related to the management of innovation.

Friday, April 8

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

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — WELCOME

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY

Discussant: Constance Helfat (Dartmouth)

“Who are you?… I really wanna know”: Product meaning and competitive positioning in the nascent synthesizer industry
Callen Anthony (Boston College), Andrew Nelson (Oregon), and Mary Tripsas (Boston College)

Capabilities, Technologies, and Entrant Fate During Industry Shakeout: Evidence from the Global Solar Photovoltaic Industry
Nathan Furr (INSEAD) and Rahul Kapoor (Wharton)

Specializing in Generality: Firm Strategies in Markets for Technology
Raffaele Conti (Catolica Lisbon), Alfonso Gambardella (Bocconi) and Elena Novelli (Cass)

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. — BREAK

2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. — CO-CREATION OF VALUE

Discussant: Nicolaj Siggelkow (Wharton)

An Empirical Examination of Causes and Consequences of New Product Launch Alliances
Deepak Jena (UNC), Prashant Kale (Rice), Jaeyong Song (SNU), and Atul Nerkar (UNC)

Shaking hands with knives behind their backs? Open innovation amongst industry laggards in the auto industry
Thomas Hannigan (Temple), Marcelo Cano-Kollmann (Ohio), Ram Mudambi (Temple), and Snehal Awate (ISB)

Value Creation and Capture in a World of Bottlenecks
Douglas Hannah (Texas) and Kathleen Eisenhardt (Stanford)

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. — BREAK

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. — START-UPS AND FOUNDER EFFECTS

Discussant: Rajshree Agarwal (Maryland)

Peering Inside: How do Peer Effects Impact Entrepreneurial Outcomes in Accelerators?
Sheryl Winston Smith (Temple), Laura Gasiorowski (Temple), and Thomas Hannigan (Temple)

Are Founder CEOs Better Innovators? Evidence from S&P 500 Firms
Joon Mahn Lee (Purdue), Jongsoo Kim (Purdue), and Joonhyung Bae (Purdue)

The Bright Side of Patents
Joan Farre-Mensa (Harvard), Deepak Hegde (NYU), and Alexander Ljungqvist (NYU)


Saturday, April 9

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — KNOWLEDGE FLOWS

Discussant: Mariko Sakakibara (UCLA)

The Location of Academic Institutions and Knowledge Flow to Industry: Evidence from Simultaneous Discoveries
Michael Bikard (LBS) and Matt Marx (MIT)

Contextual Knowledge and Ethnic Inventors
Raj Choudhury (Harvard), Do Yoon Kim (Harvard), and Tarun Khanna (Harvard)

Liberty in Law? Intellectual Property Rights and Global Alliance Networks
Sarath Balachandran (Wharton) and Exequiel Hernandez (Wharton)

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC RESEARCH

Discussant: Anne Marie Knott (WUSTL)

Federal Funding and the Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity
Rafael Corredoira (Ohio State), Brent Goldfarb (Maryland), and Yuan Shi (Maryland)

Measuring Scientific Productivity: A Reassessment
Christopher Liu (Toronto)

Stars and their Constellations: Great Person or Great Team?
Denisa Mindruta (HEC Paris), Janet Bercovitz (Illinois), and Maryann Feldman (UNC)

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


  • Date: Friday, April 8 - Saturday, April 9
  • Time: 11:45 AM EDT

Event Organizers

  • Rahul Kapoor
  • Saikat Chaudhuri