My research lies in the intersection of technology, innovation, and strategy. I study innovation strategies that enable organizations to discover, develop and commercialize technologies, with the ultimate objective of understanding what makes established technology-based firms successful at introducing innovation. To answer this question, I conduct research on two interrelated streams: (1) strategies that help firms leverage their existing resources (leverage stream), and (2) strategies through which these firms can acquire new resources (acquisition stream) to create innovation.
Please use the links below to see my publications in each stream, and to download a complete research statement.
Stream 1: Leveraging existing resources
- Katila, R. 2002. New Product Search Over Time: Past Ideas in their Prime? Academy of Management Journal, 45(5): 995-1010.
- Katila, R., & Ahuja, G. 2002. Something Old, Something New: A Longitudinal Study of Search Behavior and New Product Introductions. Academy of Management Journal, 45(6): 1183-1194.
- Katila, R., & Shane, S. 2005. When Does Lack of Resources Make New Firms Innovative? Academy of Management Journal, 48(5): 814-829.
- Chen, E., & Katila, R. 2008. Rival Interpretations of Balancing Exploration and Exploitation: Simultaneous or Sequential? Blackwell Handbook on Technology and Innovation Management: 197-214.
- Katila, R., & Chen, E. 2008. Effects of Search Timing on Product Innovation: The Value of Not Being In Sync. Administrative Science Quarterly, 53: 593-625.
- Chen, E., Katila, R., McDonald, R., & Eisenhardt, K. 2010. Life in the Fast Lane: Origins of Competitive Interaction in New vs. Established Markets. Strategic Management Journal, 31: 1527-1547.
- Katila, R., Chen, E., and Piezunka, H. 2012. All the Right Moves: How Entrepreneurial Firms Compete Effectively. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 6(2): 116-132.
- Thatchenkery, S. Katila, R., and Chen, E., 2012. Sequences of competitive moves and effects on firm performance. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, BPS. Boston.
Stream 2: Acquiring new resources
- Ahuja, G., & Katila, R. 2001. Technological Acquisitions and the Innovation Performance of Acquiring Firms: A Longitudinal Study. Strategic Management Journal, 22(3): 197-220.
- Katila, R., & Mang, P. 2003. Exploiting Technological Opportunities: The Timing of Collaborations. Research Policy, 32(2):317-332.
- Ahuja, G., & Katila, R. 2004. Where Do Resources Come From? The Role of Idiosyncratic Situations. Strategic Management Journal, 25(8-9): 887-907.
- Katila, R., Rosenberger, J. & Eisenhardt, K. 2008. Swimming with Sharks: Technology Ventures, Defense Mechanisms, and Corporate Relationships. Administrative Science Quarterly, 53(2): 295-332.
- Maggitti, P., Smith, K., and Katila, R. 2012. The Complex Search Process of Invention. Research Policy.
- Li, Q., Smith, K., Maggitti, P, Katila, R., and Tesluk, P. 2013. . Academy of Management Journal.