PhD in Strategic Management // Research


Collaborative Research

Examples of our collaborative research. Note: current or former PhD student names are listed in bold type.

S. Cohen, F. Pil and T. Caner “The moderating effect of partner knowledge distance on the inventive benefits of firm knowledge variety” Strategic Management Journal

Cohen, S. K., & Munshi, N. V. (2017). “Innovation search dynamics in new domains: An exploratory study of academic founders’ search for funding in the biotech. industry.” Tech. Forecasting and Social Change, 120, 130-143

Olga Bruyaka, Turanay Caner and J. Prescott “Flow Signals: Evidence from patent and alliance portfolios in the US biopharmaceutical Industry” Journal of Management Studies

S. Cohen and R. Roy “The role of stock of downstream assets in navigating disruptive technological change” Strategic Management Journal

S. Cohen, T. Caner and Frits Pil “Firm heterogeneity in complex problem solving: A knowledge-based look at invention. Strategic Management Journal 38(9), Sept., 2017 1791-1811

Sean Tsu-Hsiang Hsu and J. Prescott “The Alliance Experience Transfer Effect: the case of convergence in the telecommunication Industry” British Journal of Management, 2016

S. Cohen, Tsuhsiang (Sean) Hsu, and Kristina DahlinWith whom do technology sponsors partner during technology battles? Social networking strategies for unproven (and proven) technologies” Organization Science.  2016

Sean Tsu-Hsiang Hsu, Akie Iriyama and J. Prescott “Lost in your neighbor’s yard or lost in translation: Protecting and leveraging MNC subsidiary technology sourcing.” Journal of International Management, 2016, 22 (1), 84-99

D. Gnyawali, R. Madhavan, He & Bengtsson “The Competition-Cooperation Paradox in Inter-Firm Relationships,”. Industrial Marketing Management, February 2016, Volume 53: 7-18

S. Cohen and T. CanerConverting inventions into breakthrough innovations: The role of exploitation alliance network knowledge heterogeneityJournal of Engineering and Technology Management 2016

S. Cohen and R. Roy. “Disruption in the US machine tool industry: The role of inhouse users and pre-disruption component experience in firm response”Research Policy.  2016

Efua Obeng, John Prescott, John Hulland, Robert Gilbert, James Maxham, Retail Capability Systems AMS Review, 2015 5 (3-4) 103-122.

Lee, Kirkpatrick-Husk & R. Madhavan. “Diversity in Alliance Portfolios and Performance Outcomes: Meta-Analysis,” Journal of Management, published online October 30, 2014, doi:10.1177/0149206314556316

Turanay Caner, Jing Sun and J. Prescott. When a firm’s centrality in R&D alliance network is (not) the answer for invention: The interaction of centrality, absorptive and desorptive capacity Journal of Engineering and Technology Management – July – September, 2014, 33, 193-209

Akie Iriyama & Madhavan “Post-Formation Inter-Partner Equity Transfers in International Joint Ventures: The Role of Experience,”. Global Strategy Journal, 2014, Volume 4(4): 331-348

W. Shi, J. Sun and J. Prescott , “A Temporal Perspective of Merger & Acquisition and Strategic Alliance Initiatives: Review and Future Research Directions,” Journal of Management, 2012, 38, 1

W. Shi and J. Prescott, “Sequence patterns of firms’ acquisition and alliance behavior and their performance implications,” J. of Management Studies, 2011

V.K. Titus, Jr., J.G. Covin, and D.P. Slevin, “Aligning Strategy Processes in Pursuit of Firm Growth.” Journal of Business Research, Vol. 64, Issue 5, May 2011, pp. 446-453

R. Madhavan & A. Iriyama. “The Emerging Transnational Dimension of Organizational and Individual Identity: Trans-national Technical Communities as Economic Actors,” Int. J. of Business Environment, 2011, 4(4): 378-399

D. Lee & R. Madhavan, “Divestiture and Firm Performance,” J. of Management, Nov. 2010, Volume 36:1345-1371

A. Iriyama, Y. Li & R. Madhavan, “Spiky Globalization of Venture Capital Investments: The Influence of Prior Human Networks,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, June 2010, Volume 4(2): 128-145

J. Potter and S. Cohen, “Information sharing strategies in a standards contest: The case of 2G wireless communication,” Journal of High Technology Management Research. Sept. 2010, 21(2): 108-121

M. Sarkees, J. Hulland and J. Prescott, “Ambidextrous organizations and firm performance: the role of marketing function implementation,” Journal of Strategic Marketing, Vol. 18, No. 2, April 2010, 163-182


I have felt supported and appropriately challenged throughout my entire time at Pitt.  I love Pitt because of the people. The faculty, staff, and students all support each other and genuinely want each other to succeed.

Alex Vandenberg

PhD '24

Pitt has spectacular faculty and staff members. I’m fortunate to work with possibly the best mentors one could ask for – they respect your own research interests, always inspire you, and they encourage curiosity, discovery and blazing your own trail.

Xinyu Fu

PhD '22