My primary research agenda is to study coordination in high-technology industries, with a particular focus on how networks of relations—between people and organizations—affect industry dynamics.
The aim of my dissertation is to enhance our understanding of technology strategy by integrating research streams on interorganizational networks and innovation ecosystems. Systemic technologies require multiple complementary elements to be coordinated to create value for customers, but very little past research addresses the differential effects of ties between different types of industry participants. I study how the interorganizational relationships between a focal firm and its suppliers, competitors, and complementors influence its investment behavior and competitive performance in a new technology generation. The empirical setting for the dissertation is the global mobile telecommunications industry. Phil Anderson chairs my dissertation committee.
Alongside my dissertation I have a stream of research co-authored with Henning Piezunka, in which we examine the interplay of vertical supply relationships and organizational learning in the context of Formula 1 motor racing.
Additionally, I am interested in how entrepreneurs mobilize diverse types of resources as part of the process of founding a venture. My co-authors Tommy Pan Fang, Bala Vissa, and Andy Wu and I have published an article in the Academy of Management Annals reviewing prior literature on this topic and providing suggestions for future work (preprint available here.)
In other joint work with Bala Vissa, I consider the question of entrepreneurial team formation: how does a founder go about finding and selecting co-founders (working paper online here)? Jointly with Andy Wu, I have organized sessions at the Academy of Management exploring themes of entrepreneurial networks (2014) and resource mobilization (2015). Since 2016 Andy and I, together with Sourobh Ghosh, have organized a popular Academy of Management workshop on the Lean Startup as an innovation strategy (2016, 2017 & 2018).