Innovation Scholar & Professor

Melissa Schilling

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< $25,000

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New York, NEW YORK

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Melissa Schilling is one of the world’s leading experts on innovation. Her research focuses on innovation and strategy in high technology industries such as smartphones, videogames, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electric vehicles, and renewable energies.

Melissa A. Schilling is the John Herzog Chair Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in strategic management from the University of Washington. 

Professor Schilling is a world-renown expert in innovation strategy.  Her research focuses on innovation and strategy in high technology industries such as smartphones, videogames, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electric vehicles, and renewable energies. She is particularly interested in platform dynamics, networks, creativity, and breakthrough innovation. Her textbook, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (soon coming out in its sixth edition), is the number one innovation strategy text in the world. She is also co-author of Strategic Management: An integrated approach (now in its twelfth edition), and has a new book on serial breakthrough innovators called “Quirky: The remarkable story of the traits, foibles, and genius of breakthrough innovators who changed the world.” 

Her research in innovation and strategy has earned her awards such as the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and the Best Paper in Management Science and Organization Science for 2007 Award. Her research has also appeared in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Research Policy, and Harvard Business Review. She is on the advisory board of the American Antitrust Association, and she sits on the editorial review boards of Organization Science, Strategic Organization, Strategy Science, and Academy of Management Discoveries. Professor Schilling teaches courses in technology and innovation management, strategic management, corporate strategy, and strategy for social-mission-based organizations.

Professor Schilling has taught workshops or consulted with organizations such as Bloomberg Corporation, IBM, Siemens, Standard & Poor’s, Warner Chilcott, Skullcandy, The Kauffman Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, the American Antitrust Institute, and others. She has been quoted in or interviewed for articles in Fortune, Thomson Reuters, CNBC, Bloomberg Business, NPR’s Marketplace, Machine Design, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Huffington Post, Scientific American, and more.

What’s Your Best Innovation Bet?

When companies develop new technologies, they can never be certain how the market will respond. That said, the future of a given technology is not as unforeseeable as it might seem. When I work with tech companies ... Read more

by Harvard Business Review

Why Women Are Rarely Serial Innovators

It’s 6 a.m., and I’m rushing around my apartment getting ready to fly to California to teach an innovation workshop, when my 10-year-old son looks at me with sad eyes and asks, “Why are you always busy?” My heart ... Read more

by Wall Street Journal

This Innovation Expert's Research Shows How Anyone Can Be Like Elon Musk or Steve Jobs

Elon Musk has famously said, “I think ordinary people can choose to be extraordinary.” Of course, Musk is not ordinary. He is exceptionally intelligent. As Ashlee Vance notes in the biography he wrote ... Read more

by Entrepreneur

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