PhD in Strategic Management // Research


Collaborative Research

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

Ao, J. Nicholson, G. Blatman, R. Madhavan, and J. Prescott, 2022. Relational Competition: Interesting Idea, Questionable Construct. Academy of Management Perspectives, In Press

Sean Hsu and S. Cohen, Overcoming the incumbent dilemma: The dual roles of multimarket competition. Journal of Management Studies, 59(2) (2022), 319-348.

Huang & R. Madhavan, 2021. “Dumb Money or Smart Money? Meta-Analytically Unpacking Corporate Venture Capital.” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 15(3): 403-429

Sean Hsu and S Cohen, Revisiting the R&D performance relationship: The moderating role of factor market characteristics: The role of outsider multimarket contact. J of Engineering and Tech. Management. (2020), 57, 101570

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

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 & 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. Forthcoming

Roy and S. Cohen “The role of stock of downstream assets in navigating disruptive technological change” Strategic Management Journal, 38(6), 1253-1267.

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

Cohen, Sean Hsu, and Kristina DahlinWith whom do technology sponsors partner during technology battles? Social networking strategies for unproven (and proven) technologies” Org Science.  2016 27(4) 846-872.

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

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

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

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, J Prescott, J Hulland, R. Gilbert, J Maxham, Retail Capability Systems AMS Rev, 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

Iriyama, W. Shi and J. Prescott, “Frequency and Directional Reversal of Equity Ownership Change in International Joint Ventures,” Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 2014

Hsu and J. Prescott, “Alliance Experience Transfer Effect on Acquisition Likelihood in an Industry Convergence Context,” Eastern Academy of Management Proceedings, 2013 – Best Empirical Paper Award winner

Cohen, R. Ryan and S. Hsu, “Patterns of innovation,” Encyclopedia of Management Theory. Edited by Eric. Kessler.  SAGE Publications, Inc.  March 2013

Shi and J. Prescott, “Rhythm and Synchronization of Acquisition and Alliance Behavior: An Entrainment View,” Organization Studies, 2012, 33, 10, 1281 – 1310.

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,

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Madhavan & A. Iriyama, “Understanding Global Flows of Venture Capital: Human Networks as the ‘Carrier Wave’ of Globalization,” Journal of International Business Studies, Oct/ Nov 2009, Volume 40 (8): 1241-1259

Robert P. Garrett, J.G. Covin, and D.P. Slevin, “Market Responsiveness, Top Management Risk Taking, and the Role of Strategic Learning as Determinants of Market Pioneering,” J of Bus. Research, 2009, (62) 8, 782 – 788.

Burns, B. Kim and J. Prescott, “The strategic role of the board: the impact of board structure on top management team strategic action capabilities,” Corporate Governance: An International Review – 17, 6, 728-743, 2009

J.K. Pinto, D.P. Slevin, and B. English, “Trust in Projects: an Empirical Assessment of Owner/Contractor Relationships,” International Journal of Project Management, 2009, 27, 638 -648.

B.S. Anderson, J.G. Covin, D.P. Slevin, “Understanding the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Orientation and Strategic Learning: An Empirical Investigation,” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, September, 2009.

Koka and J. Prescott, “Designing Alliance Networks: The influence of network position, environmental change and strategy on firm performance,” Strategic Management Journal, 29, 6, 639-661, 2008

K.M. Green, J.G. Covin, D.P. Slevin, “Exploring the Relationship Between Strategic Reactiveness and Entrepreneurial Orientation: the Role of Structure-Style Fit,” J. of Bus. Venturing, May 2008, Vol. 23, No. 3, 356-383.

D.P. Slevin and J.K. Pinto, “Project Critical Success Factors: The Project Implementation Profile,” Global Project Management, Second Edition, (D.I. Cleland and R. Gareis, eds.) McGraw-Hill Companies, 2006.

Cohen, O. Sorenson, C. Ren, and R. Roy, “Niche width revisited: organizational scope, behavior, and performance.” Strategic Management Journal, 2006, 27: 915-936.

J.G. Covin, K.M. Green, and D.P. Slevin, “Strategic Process Effects on the Entrepreneurial Orientation-Sales Growth Rate Relationship,” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Jan, 2006, Vol. 30, No. 1, 57-82.

D.R. Gnyawali, J. He & R. Madhavan, “Impact of Co-opetition on Firm Competitive Behavior: An Empirical Examination,” Journal of Management, August 2006, Volume 32(4): 507-530

B.R. Koka, R. Madhavan & J. Prescott, “The Evolution of Interfirm Networks: Environmental Effects On Patterns Of Network Change,” Academy of Management Review, July 2006, Volume 31(3): 721-737

B.S.C. Liu, R. Madhavan & D. Sudharshan, “DiffuNET: Modeling the Impact of Network Structure on the Diffusion of Innovation.” European Journal of Innovation Management, June 2005, Volume 8(2): 240-262

Kim, J. Prescott, and S.M. Kim, “Differentiated governance of foreign subsidiaries in transnational corporations: An agency theory perspective,” Journal of International Management, volume 11, 1, March 2005, 43-66

Kim and J. Prescott, “Forms of Deregulation, Variations in Speed of Governance Adaptation and Performance,” Academy of Management Review, 30, 2, April, 2005, 414-425

Madhavan, D.R. Gnyawali & J. He, “Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd? Triads in Cooperative-Competitive Networks.” Academy of Management Journal, December 2004, Volume 47(6): 918-927


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