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I am an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My research interests are in innovation and technology strategy, with an emphasis on corporate investment in scientific research and how institutional and social contexts in which innovation takes place shape research decisions. My research has been presented at a variety venues, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

My current research seeks to answer a range of questions:

  1. How can organizations create effective incentives that attract scientists in academia to work on topics of interest to them?

  2. How are the different dimensions of scientists' human capital used in corporate and academic research - and how does this affect overall patterns of knowledge accumulation across settings?

  3. How do differences in firms' levels of scientific and inventive R&D capabilities lead them to make different strategic responses to knowledge spillovers?

  4. How can public policy stimulate different actors to invest effort in previously neglected, but socially valuable, research areas?

  5. How do social values, such as tolerance and openness to diversity, affect individuals' creativity and innovation processes?

The main setting for my research is the life sciences industry where I use detailed data on scientific research projects to shed light on how firms and knowledge workers respond to incentives and opportunities in their environment to generate new ideas.

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