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Alva H. Taylor

Faculty Director, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies; Associate Professor of Business Administration





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PhD, Stanford University, 2000; MBA, Cornell University, 1984; ME, Cornell University, 1983; BS, Cornell University, 1982

Areas of Expertise

Business strategy, technology, innovation management, entrepreneurship, new product development


Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation; Strategic Change in the Turbulent Digital Age 

Current Research Topics

  • New product development
  • Technological change
  • New venture formation
  • Organizational learning
  • Creativity

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Faculty Director, Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School, 2013–present
  • Tuck School of Business, 2000–present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1997–99
  • Lecturer, School of Engineering, Stanford University, 1991–93

Nonacademic positions

  • Senior Manager, Management Consulting Department, KPMG Peat Marwick, 1984–89
  • Industrial Engineer, Eastman Kodak Company, 1981–82

Editorial boards

  • Organization Science, 2005-present
  • Strategic Management Journal, 2008-present


  • Finalist, Best Paper of the Year, Academy of Management Journal, 2007
  • Harvey H. Bundy III T’68 Fellowship for scholarly excellence, Tuck School, 2005–06
  • Unsung Hero Award for outstanding non-core teaching, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1997–98

Working Papers

  • "Managerial Risk as Exposure: A New Perspective in Understanding Innovation and Strategic Change in Organizations"
  • "The Temporal Nature of Experience: The Impact of the Timing of Learning on Innovation"
  • "Intra-firm Learning from Innovative Activity: The Role of Situated Organizational Attention"

Selected Publications

  • "Norms in Organizations," Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, MacMillan, 2014
  • "The Next Generation: Technology Adoption and Integration through Internal Competition in New Product Development," Organization Science, 2011. Selected as notable paper accepted by Organization Science for 2011
  • "Organizational Linkages for Surviving Technological Change: Complementary Assets, Middle Management, and Ambidexterity," Organization Science, 2009
  • "Capabilities and Technological Change: The Role of Science-Based Versus Business-Based Entrepreneurs in New Venture Formation," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, 2007
  • "Relative Technological Discontinuities: Insights from the Identification of Innovation Regime Shifts," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, 2007
  • "Superman or the Fantastic Four: Knowledge Combination and Experience in Innovative Teams," Academy of Management Journal, 49(4), 2006
  • "Innovations as Catalysts for Organizational Change: Shifts in Organizational Cognition and Search," Administrative Science Quarterly, 2000