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I am an Assistant Professor 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 the institutional and social contexts in which innovation takes place shapes research decisions.

My research seeks to answer a range of questions in these areas:

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

2) How can appropriability conditions stimulate different actors to invest in previously neglected research areas?

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

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

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 the incentives and opportunities in their environment to generate new ideas.