Borrow, Buy, and Invest: Complementarity and Substitutability of External Corporate Development Modes

Funded Research Proposal

I aim to contribute to corporate strategy and technology and innovation management literatures by refining the way we think about how firms’ externally accessible resources and capabilities influence those firms’ heterogeneous boundary choices and their resulting outcomes. Read More

How the People at the Interface Shape Interfirm Partnerships: Evidence from Simultaneous CVC Investments

Funded Research Proposal

Research examining whether corporate venture capital investments create value, either for startups or established firms, has largely adopted a binary characterization of these relationships, i.e. ‘CVC’ vs ‘no CVC.’ From the startup perspective this entails comparing on average the outcomes of startups that receive CVC investment vs ones that don’t. Read More

Startup Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital

Working Papers

Entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to established firms for venture capital, but research on how this affects their development is lacking. I argue that these relationships are particularly valuable to entrepreneurs in helping them drive their technological discoveries into development. Read More

From Invention to Innovation: A Multi-Study Investigation of Firm Strategy and Outcomes in Clinical Trials

Funded Research Proposal

The translation of invention to innovation is a topic that has received significant research attention in recent times. Scholars have recognized that our understanding of the factors that shape whether and when innovative technologies arise and transform industries cannot be complete without comprehending how scientific or technological discovery evolves into commercial adoption. Read More

Corporate VCs Yield Better Innovation Outcomes

Recent research by Senior Fellow Gary Dushnitsky measures the innovation success of new biotech ventures by tracking their patenting and publishing rates. He and coauthor Elisa Alvarez-Garrido find that the identity of the investor makes a big difference.Read More

Are Entrepreneurial Ventures’ Innovation Rates Sensitive to Investor Complementary Assets?

Published Research

Entrepreneurial ventures are a key source of innovation. Nowadays, ventures are backed by a wide array of investors whose complementary asset profiles differ significantly. We therefore assert that entrepreneurial ventures can no longer be studied as a homogeneous group.Read More

Publications and Patents in Corporate Venture–Backed Biotech

Published Research

Biotech startups increasingly turn to corporate venture capital (VC) arms for funding, rather than to traditional venture capitalists. The innovation implications for these startups remain unexplored. Here, we present evidence that the shift in funding patterns is associated with a greater output of scientific publications as well as patenting.Read More

Corporate Venture Capital and the Returns to Acquiring Portfolio Companies

Published Research

A prominent motive for corporate venture capital (CVC) is the identification of entrepreneurial-firm acquisition opportunities. Consistent with this view, we find that one of every five startups purchased by 61 top corporate investors from 1987 through 2003 is a venture portfolio company of its acquirer.Read More