Commercializing Science: Evidence from Simultaneous Discoveries

Funded Research Proposal

This research project studies two related questions: (1) what shapes the decision to commercialize scientific discoveries, and (2) how does the commercialization strategy of high-technology startups relate to performance outcomes?Read More

Experimentation in Early-Stage Ventures: Evidence from the U.S. Software Industry

Funded Research Proposal

By allowing ventures to obtain market feedback during the product development process, experimentation confers a learning advantage. However, we know little about its costs. In particular, experimenting with an early-stage idea requires some degree of disclosure, leading to imitation risk. Read More

Experimentation in New Ventures: Evidence from the U.S. Software Sector

Working Papers

Experimentation is the center of a fascinating debate among entrepreneurship practitioners. Inspired by the lean startup, much current practice advocates the intense use of experimentation. Conversely, a large entrepreneurship tradition emphasizes the importance of design and planning. Read More

Trade Secrets and Innovation: Evidence from the “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine

Working Papers

Does heightened employer-friendly trade secrecy protection help or hinder innovation? A watershed legal case in Illinois in 1995 provides a setting to investigate the impact of a quickly shifting trade secrecy regime on individual-level patent productivity.Read More

Industry and Academic Perspectives on VC Investment Strategy

The gap between business research and industry practice can loom large at times, but bridging it is essential to ensuring that research is relevant to the outside world. For graduate students at the Wharton School, the Mack Innovation Doctoral Association intends to narrow that gap.Read More

Motivational and Behavioral Factors in Entrepreneurial Decision-Making

Funded Research Proposal

Broadly speaking, this study is investigating how extrinsic and intrinsic motives affect entrepreneurial behavior and, in particular, innovative activity by nascent entrepreneurs. Specifically, it is interested in understanding when and how status motivation induces entrepreneurs to pursue innovative business ideas.Read More