Wharton Technology and Innovation Conference 2021

This conference is co-sponsored by the Management Department and the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School. The conference will provide an opportunity for researchers to share their work in video sessions with opportunity for ongoing virtual discussion.

**All times are EDT**

Thursday, April 15

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. — WELCOME

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


A Resource-based Theory of Hyperspecialization and Hyperscaling in Post-Chandlerian Digital Firms
Gianluigi Giustiziero (Frankfurt), Tobias Kretschmer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Deepak Somaya* (Illinois) and Brian Wu (Michigan)

Could Machine Learning be a general Purpose Technology? A Comparison of Emerging Technologies Using Data from Online Job Postings
Avi Goldfarb (Toronto) Bledi Taska (Burning Glass Technologies) Florenta Teodoridis* (University Southern California)

The Power of Prediction: Predictive Analytics and Heterogeneous Firm Performance
Erik Brynjolfsson (Stanford) Wang Jin (MIT Sloan) Kristina McElheran* (Toronto)


Promoting Platform Takeoff and Self-Fulfilling Expectations: Field Experimental Evidence
Kevin Boudreau (Northeastern)

Should Platforms be Allowed to Sell on Their Own Marketplaces?
Andrei Hagiu* (Boston University), Tat-How Teh (National University of Singapore) and Julian Wright (National University of Singapore)

Innovation and Profitability Following Antitrust Intervention Against a Dominant Platform: The Wild, Wild, West?
Sruthi Thatchenkery* (University College London) and Riitta Katila (Stanford)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — BREAK

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Systematic Decision-Making and Entrepreneurial Performance Evidence from a Field Experiment
Elena Novelli* (Cass) and Chiara Spina (INSEAD)

Disrupting a Regulated Market: Fintech Ventures’ Trade-Offs in Resource Management and Consequences for Firm Growth
Erik Knight (Macquarie Business School) and Pinar Ozcan* (Saïd Business School, Oxford)

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Scaling Novel Business Models in the Online Fashion Industry
Ron Tidhar (Stanford) and Kathleen Eisenhardt* (Stanford)


Understanding the Relationship between Divestitures and Innovation
John Eklund* (USC) and Emilie Feldman (Wharton)

How Does Earning Pressure Inhibit Corporate Innovation?
Giacomo Marchesini (IESE Business School)

Acqui-hires: Redeployment and Retention of Human Capital Post-Acquisition
Beril Boyacıoğlu Bakır* (Koç University), Mahmut N. Özdemir (Koç University) and Samina Karim (Northeastern)

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. — BREAK

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. — RESEARCH CONVERSATIONS

A Field Experiment on Virtual Social Interactions and Performance of Remote Workers
Iavor Bojinov (HBS), Prithwiraj Choudhury* (HBS) and Jacqueline N. Lane (HBS)

Who gains and who loses from more information in technology markets? Evidence from the Affordable Care Act
Huiyan Zhang* (Carnegie Mellon), Lee Branstetter (Carnegie Mellon), Raffaele Conti (Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics), and Samir Mamadehussene (University of Texas at Dallas)

Technology and Disintermediation in Online Marketplaces
Grace Gu (Boston College)

Not all Technological Change is Equal: How the Separability of Tasks Mediates the Effect of Technological Change on Skill Demand
Christophe Combemale* (Carnegie Mellon), Kate S. Whitefoot (Carnegie Mellon), Laurence Ales (Carnegie Mellon) and Erica R.H. Fuchs (Carnegie Mellon)

Help, I Need Somebody! Business and Technology Advice in Emerging Science-Based Ventures
Lien Denoo* (Tilburg University), Anneleen Van Boxstael (Tilburg University) and Andrea Belz (University of Southern California)

Competition, Shifting Leadership, and Industry Progress
Jerker Denrell* (University of Warwick) and Christina Fang (NYU)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR
Using Gatherly, a virtual event/conferencing platform founded by Penn undergraduates. Please use this link.


Friday, April 16

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Beyond the Horizon: Intra-firm Collaboration Between and Beyond Clusters and the Quality of Firm Invention
Sohyun Park* (Minnesota), Aks Zaheer (Minnesota) and Aseem Kaul (Minnesota)

(Co-)Working in Close Proximity: Heterogeneous Impacts on Peer Learning and Startup Performance Outcomes
Maria Roche* (Harvard Business School), Alexander Oettl (Georgia Tech and NBER) and Christian Catalini (MIT and NBER)

Isolating Geographic Agglomeration Mechanisms: Inventor Deaths and Knowledge Spillovers
Sonja Lück (University of Paderborn) , Benjamin Balsmeier (University of Luxembourg) and Lee Fleming* (Berkeley)


Try, Try Again? Gender Differences in Self-Assessment and Evaluation of Innovation in the NASA SBIR Program
Isabel Hanewicz* (University of Southern California), Andrea Belz (University of Southern California), Alexandra Graddy-Reed (University of Southern California) and Richard Terrile (CIT)

Lost Marie Curies: Education, Family Environment, and the Probability to Become Inventors
Karin Hoisl (Copenhagen Business School), H.C. Kongsted (Copenhagen Business School and Myriam Mariani* (Bocconi)

Biased Sampling of Early Users and the Direction of Startup Innovation
Ruiqing Cao (HBS) Rembrand Koning* (HBS) and Ramana Nanda (HBS)

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.- BREAK

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.


The Rise of American Corporate Science
Ashish Arora (Duke), Sharon Belenzon (Duke), Konstantin Kosenko (Bank of Israel), Jungkyu Suh* (Duke) and Yishay Yafeh (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The Impact of Corporate Research Labs on Firms’ R&D Productivity
Ann Marie Knott* (WUSTL) and Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton)

What Enables a Chinese Firm to Create New-To-The-World Innovations? An Historical Case Study of Intra-firm Coopetition in the Instant Messaging Service Sector
J. Peter Murmann* (University of St. Gallen) and Zhijing Zhu (The University of Nottingham Ningbo China)


Architects and Bottlenecks: Ecosystem Roles in the Solar Photovoltaic Industry
Nathan Furr* (INSEAD) and Anna Szerb (INSEAD)

Generative or Exclusionary? How Ecosystems Evolve with Coordination and Standardization
PK Toh* (Texas) and Cameron Miller (Syracuse)

Interfaces, Modularity and Ecosystem Emergence: How DARPA Modularized the Semiconductor Ecosystem
Jennifer Kuan* (CSUMB) and Joel West (KGI)

11:45 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. — BREAK

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — RESEARCH CONVERSATIONS

Equality Norms, Incentives, and Value Claiming in Scientific Licensing Contracts
Reddi Kotha* (Singapore Management University), Young-Choon Kim (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), Colin Camerer (CIT) and Dan Lovallo (The University of Sydney)

(Not) Passing the Baton: Boundary Spanning Capabilities and New Product Introduction
Benoit Decreton* (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and Felipe Monteiro (INSEAD)

Entrepreneurial Learning and Strategic Foresight
Aticus Peterson* (HBS) and Andy Wu (HBS)

The Ecosystem Penalty: Value Creation Technologies and Incentive Misalignment
Olivier Chatain (HEC Paris) and Elena Plaksenkova* (Ohio State)

Is Organizational Innovation a Technology? Evidence from Patent Data
Valery Yakubovich* (Wharton and ESSEC) and Shuping Wu (ESSEC)

Trade Protection and Firm Innovation: Impact from U.S. Anti-Dumping Sanctions on Innovation Output in China
Kenneth G. Huang* (National University of Singapore), Nan Jia (University of Southern California) and Yeyanran Ge (National University of Singapore)

One Product, Many patents: Imperfect Intellectual Property Rights in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Charu Gupta (Wharton)

Open Innovation Deficiency: Evidence on Project Abandonment and Delay
Kristof van Criekingen (Aarhus University), Mark Freel (Ottawa) and Dirk Czarnitzki (KU Leuven)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR
Using Gatherly, a virtual event/conferencing platform founded by Penn undergraduates. Please use this link.

* indicates the presenting author