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Wharton Technology & Innovation Conference 2018

April 06, 2018

Friday, April 6 | 11:45 AM - Saturday, April 7 | 2:00 PM EDT

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 invitation-only 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 6

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. – Technological Systems and Standards
Discussant: Lori Rosenkopf (Wharton)

Complementary Technologies and Returns to Disclosure During Standard Setting
Cameron Miller (Syracuse) and PK Toh (Texas)

Competing Across Platforms: Antecedents of Platform Mobility
Yongzhi Wang (Ohio State), Nandini Rajagopalan (USC), and Lori Qingyuan Yue (USC)

Dear Enemy: Litigation and Cooperation in a Mobile Phone Standard Development Organization
Stephen Jones (Wyoming), Aija Leiponen (Cornell), and Gurneeta Vasudeva (Minnesota)

2:30 p.m.-2:50 p.m. – Break

2:50 p.m.-4:20 p.m. – Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Strategy
Discussant: David Hsu (Wharton)

Decision Weaving: Effective Strategy Formation in Entrepreneurial Settings
Timothy Ott (UNC) and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt (Stanford)

Why Would Anyone Join a Startup? Preferences, Ability, and Structural Constraints in First-Time Employment in Startups or Established Firms
Michael Roach (Cornell) and Henry Sauermann (ESMT Berlin)

A General Theory of Employee Entrepreneurship: A Knowledge-Based View
Aseem Kaul (Minnesota), Martin Ganco (Wisconsin-Madison) and Joe Raffiee (USC)

4:20 p.m.-4:40 p.m. – Break

4:40 p.m.-6:10 p.m. – Public Institutions and R&D
Discussant: Rosemarie Ziedonis (Boston University)

Did Bayh-Dole Accelerate Commercialization of Publicly-Funded R&D?
Brent Goldfarb (Maryland) and Anne Marie Knott (WUSTL)

Outcomes From Institutional Interaction: Does Government Funding Help Firm Innovation?
Jason M. Rathje (Stanford) and Riitta Katila (Stanford)

Public Contracting for Private Innovation: Government Capabilities, Decision Rights, and Performance Outcomes
Joshua R. Bruce (Duke), John M. de Figueiredo (Duke), and Brian Silverman (Toronto)

7:00 p.m. – Reception and Dinner

3945 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Saturday, April 7th

8:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast

8:45 a.m.-9:50 a.m. – Technology Strategy
Discussant: Gautam Ahuja (Cornell)

The Problem You Know: An Empirical Examination of Firms’ Recombination Strategies
J. P. Eggers (NYU) and Aseem Kaul (Minnesota)

The Genesis of the Pre-Commercialization Innovation Ecosystem: Knowledge Generation, Transfer, and Recombination in the Pre-Commercialization Phase of Charge-Coupled Device Image Sensors-1969-1994
Raja Roy (New Jersey Institute of Technology), MB Sarkar (Temple), and Curba Morris Lampert (Florida International)

9:50 a.m.-10:05 a.m. – Break

10:05 a.m.-11:10 a.m. – AI & Human Capital
Discussant: Frank Rothaermel (Georgia Tech)

A Method to Link Advances in Artificial Intelligence to Occupational Abilities
Edward Felten (Princeton), Manav Raj (NYU), and Robert Seamans (NYU)

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Experimental Evidence on Complementarities Between Human Capital and Machine Learning
Prithwiraj Choudhury (HBS), Evan Starr (Maryland), and Rajshree Agarwal (Maryland)

11:10 a.m.-11:25a.m. – Break

11:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Science and Commercialization
Discussant: Rajshree Agarwal (Maryland)

When Collaboration Bridges Institutions: The Impact of Industry Collaboration on Academic Productivity
Michaël Bikard (LBS), Keyvan Vakili (LBS), and Florenta Teodoridis (USC)

Who Tries (and Who Succeeds) in Staying at the Forefront of Science: Evidence from the DNA-editing Technology, CRISPR
Neil Thompson (MIT) and Samantha Zyontz (MIT)

12:30 p.m. – Lunch and Adjourn


  • Date: Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7
  • Time: 11:45 AM EDT

Event Organizers

  • Rahul Kapoor
  • Saikat Chaudhuri