STVP accelerates entrepreneurship education at Stanford and around the world.
As the entrepreneurship center in Stanford’s School of Engineering, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program delivers courses and extracurricular programs to Stanford students, creates scholarly research on high-impact technology ventures, and produces a large and growing collection of online content and experiences for people around the world.
STVP faculty, Ph.D. students, visiting scholars and industry partners are committed to basic and applied research that enhances our understanding of how new technology businesses, in both established and startup firms, form, survive and grow. These insights are then shared in leading academic publications, our teaching materials, popular media, and in the training of future professors of entrepreneurship.

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Michael Christensen
Wesley Koo
Mike Leatherbee
Jian Bai Jamber Li
Timothy Ott
Zachariah Rodgers
Sruthi Thatchenkery


Research Focus

STVP’s research is unique in its emphasis on combining theoretical ideas with field-based understanding of real-world challenges of technology firms, all in the context of a leading engineering school in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our research projects examine a range of topics, such as: 
  • technology innovation
  • strategic interaction and competition
  • partner relationships and network formation
  • globalization and policy development
  • venture financing
Our research relies on a variety of methods, including large-scale statistical analysis, laboratory experiments, simulation and multiple case studies, a method pioneered by a number of our faculty. In addition, STVP research focuses on a variety of technologies with particular emphasis on information and web technologies, medical devices, clean-tech energy and robotics.
STVP’s home department, Management Science & Engineering (MS&E), is home to leading researchers in the field of organization studies, with no other U.S. department offering a higher ratio of faculty who are acknowledges experts in the qualitative field methods.

Doctoral Program

STVP’s doctoral program prepares students to conduct research in technology entrepreneurship and business strategy. Most program graduates pursue academic careers at leading business and engineering schools, or explore career opportunities in industry. Our doctoral students are enrolled in the MS&E in the following concentrations:
Organization, Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • Theory and methodological training in organizational behavior and theory, strategy and entrepreneurship
  • Focus on strategy in technology-based companies
Policy and Strategy
  • Theory and methodological training in organizational theory, strategy and economics
  • Focus on business policy and technology policy decisions
Our doctoral students combine studies in engineering, management, sociology, psychology and economics to gain a unique and balances perspective. Our students not only take courses in MS&E, but also have access to Stanford’s entire organization studies community, one of the largest and most highly regarded in the country. The faculty welcomes applications from students with either social science or technical degrees — the blending of engineering and social science is the department’s trademark.
STVP doctoral students typically complete degree requirements in four to five years. Students complete both a written comprehensive exam and a second-year paper, displaying both a literature review covering the first two years of coursework, and some original analysis in organizational studies. Visit the MS&E website for more information.


Our PhD graduates hold positions in leading universities and private industry around the world.

Christopher B. Bingham (2005)

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill
Dissertation: Learning from Heterogeneous Experience: The internationalization of entrepreneurial firms

Shona Brown (1995)

Consultant; Former Google Senior VP
Dissertation: A Multiple Horizon Strategy for Managing Time in High Technology Environments: The Case of Multiple Product Development Projects

Eric Chen (2007)

Senior Manager Corporate Development & Strategy, Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Dissertation: Strategy as Competitive Moves: Extending Competitive Dynamics Research to New Markets and New Moves

Emily Cox Pahnke (2010)

Assistant Professor of Management, University of Washington
Dissertation: The Impact of Funding Sources on Innovation in New Firms

Jason Davis (2007)

Career Development Professor & Assistant Professor of Strategy, MIT
Dissertation: Collaborative Innovation, Organizational Symbiosis, and the Embeddedness of Strategy

Fabrizio Ferraro (2003)

Assistant Professor, IESE
Dissertation: Leveraging Social Networks: Early Stage Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Robert Eberhart (2013)

Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University
Dissertation: Institutional Change and Entrepreneurship

Nathan Furr (2009)

Assistant Professor, BYU
Dissertation: Cognitive Flexibility: The Adaptive Reality of Concrete Organization Change

Charles Galunic (1994)

Professor, INSEAD
Dissertation: The Evolution of Intracorporate Domains: divisional charter losses in high-technology multidivisional corporations

Sam Garg (2011)

Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Dissertation: Decoding the CEO-Board Relationship: Strategic Decision Making and Monitoring in Entrepreneurial Firms

Elizabeth Gerber (2008)

Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Dissertation: Devotion to an Innovation Process: The Case Study in Human Centered Design

Stine Grodal (2007)

Assistant Professor, Boston University
Dissertation: The Emergence of a New Organizational Field — Labels, Meaning and Emotion in Nanotechnology

Melissa Graebner (2001)

Associate Professor, University of Texas — Austin
Dissertation: Decision-Making, Negotiation and Integration Issues in Acquisitions of High-Tech Start-ups

Benjamin Hallen (2007)

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Dissertation: The Origin of the Network Positions of New Organizations — How Entrepreneurs Raise Funds

Andy Hargadon (1998)

Professor & Founding Director of Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California — Davis
Dissertation: The Theory and Practice of Knowledge Brokering: case studies of continuous innovation

Ahmed Heikal (1992)

Chairman & Founder, Qalaa Holdings
Dissertation: The Evolution of Joint Development Alliances

Quintus Jett (1999)

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Dissertation: Linkages Between Competitive Product Moves and Organizational Capabilities in Rapidly-Changing Environments

Jeff Martin (2002)

Associate Professor, University of Alabama
Dissertation: Where are All the Synergies?: The Co-evolution of Cross-business Synergies in the New Economy

Rory McDonald (2011)

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Dissertation: Competition and Strategic Interaction in New Markets

Mark Mortensen (2003)

Associate Professor, INSEAD
Dissertation: Antecedents of Boundary Disagreement in Distributed and Collocated Teams

Ralph Maurer (2008)

Headmaster, International School Nido de Aguilas
Dissertation: Tweaking the Iconic: The Management of Continuity-Constrained Resources

Andrew Nelson (2007, post-doc 2008)

Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
Dissertation: Institutional Convergence and the Diffusion of University — Versus Firm-Origin Technologies

Gerardo Okhuysen (1997)

Professor, University of California — Irvine
Dissertation: Creating Opportunities for Change: how formal problem solving interventions work

Siobhan O’Mahony (2002)

Associate Professor, Boston University
Dissertation: The Co-evolution of the Open Source Community and Emerging Business Models

Pinar Ozcan (2005)

Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School
Dissertation: Start-ups in nascent markets: Building a strong alliance portfolio from a low-power position

Kelley Packalen (2004)

Associate Professor, Queen’s University
Dissertation: The Role of Founders in Entrepreneurial Science

Henning Piezunka (2014)

Assistant Professor, INSEAD
Dissertation: Competing in Intermediated Markets

Reuven Regev (1990)

Founder & Chairman, Scanmarker
Dissertation: Global Versus Locally Focused Activities in Organizations

Keith Rollag (2000)

Associate Professor and Chair of Management Division, Babson College
Dissertation: Newcomers, Oldtimers, and Relative Tenure: Organizational Assimilation as an Outcome of Social Comparison

Jeff Rosenberger (2004)

Vice President of Research, Wealthfront, Inc.
Dissertation: Nascent technology ventures and corporate venture funding

Filipe M. Santos (2003)

Associate Professor, INSEAD
Dissertation: The Management of Organizational Boundaries in High-Tech Industries

Victor Seidel (2005)

Assistant Professor, Babson College
Dissertation: Managing novel product concepts: A process theory


West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship

The West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship (WCRS)provides an intellectually stimulating experience and a community focused on cutting-edge research mapping the theoretical domain of technology entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy.
WCRS is co-sponsored by STVP, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Washington), the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship (University of Oregon), the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (USC), the Don Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (UC Irvine), and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship Academic Conference

STVP presents an annual conference featuring contributions related to entrepreneurship, institutions, and Japan, such as empirical studies, case studies, political and social institutional studies in Japan, and new research methodology including experimental design. This event was previously presented in collaboration with the Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship.
Conference attendees include scholars from Japan, the Unites States and Europe. STVP invites papers from management, strategy, organizations, sociology, political science and economics. Details for next year’s event will be available in late 2014.

Stanford Social Science and Technology Seminar

The Social Science and Technology Seminar is co-sponsored by STVP and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).
Seminars take place at Stanford on select Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
View upcoming seminars on the SIEPR website.