Melissa A. Schilling is the John Herzog Family professor of management and organizations at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and one of the world’s leading experts on innovation. Her textbook, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (now in its fifth edition), is the number one innovation strategy text in the world, and is available in seven languages. Professor Schilling is also a coauthor of Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach, now in its 12th edition and one of the world’s leading strategic management textbooks in the world.

Professor Schilling’s doctorate in strategic management is from the University of Washington where her dissertation research analyzed technology standards battles in high technology industries. She sought answers to questions such as “How and why are dominant technologies chosen in ‘winner-take-all’ industries?” and “How do managers make the difficult choice between protecting their technologies with patents or copyrights, versus rapidly disseminating them to build support for their technologies?” This work positioned her on the forefront of research on innovation strategy, with expertise on industries such as smartphones, computers, software, and video games. Professor Schilling subsequently expanded her research to include other high technology industries such as biotech, renewable energy, and electric vehicles. Her articles on innovation, creativity, alliances, and modularity have appeared in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Research Policy and Harvard Business Review.

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Honors and Awards

2017 – Current Appointed member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute
2013 – 2015 Member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on “Overcoming the Barriers to Adoption of Electric Vehicles”
2012 Winner of Best Paper in Management Science and Organization Science for 2007: “Interfirm collaboration networks: The impact of large-scale network structure on innovation.”
2004-2006 Kauffman Foundation Grant, $338,703. Co-Principal Investigator with William Baumol and Edward Wolff, “Education for Entrepreneurial Invention Versus Education for Incremental Innovation”
2003-2008 National Science Foundation CAREER Grant, $405,000. “Technological Innovation and Knowledge Creation”