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W.M. Keck Professor and Professor of Management Science and Engineering

Riitta Katila

W.M. Keck Professor and Professor of Management Science and Engineering
Riitta Katila is the W. M. Keck Sr. Chaired Professor of Management Science, and Research Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University. Her research is in the intersection of technology strategy and organizational learning, using machine learning, statistical analysis and mixed methods. She is an expert on innovation, competition, and entrepreneurship in large firms, and her current research centers on responsible and inclusive innovation initiatives. She is the co-Director of PEAK, the Principled Entrepreneurship initiative at Stanford.

Prof. Katila is Associate Editor of Academy of Management Annals and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and has served on the editorial review boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Organization and the Strategic Management Journal. She is currently the Program Director for Strategic Management Society’s Research in Organizations RiO program, and is past-President of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Prof. Katila’s research has received several international honors. She is Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow and winner of the Schendel Prize by the Strategic Management Society. She was also recognized as the Top Young Strategy Scholar by the Strategic Management Society (SMS), an award that recognizes “exemplary scholarship that promises to have an impact on future strategic management practice…and will make fundamental contributions to the way we think about knowledge essential to achieving durable organizational success.”

She received Academy of Management’s Stephan M. Schrader Award for Outstanding Research in Technology and Innovation Management, the Thought Leader Award in Entrepreneurship, and the Best Symposium Award by the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. Her dissertation on industrial robotics firms and their innovation strategies using patents and new products received several recognitions, including the Best Dissertation Award from The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and was also recognized for its excellence by the Business Policy and Strategy (now STR) Division of the Academy.

Katila studied engineering economics and information systems as an undergraduate, earned a Ph.D. in technology strategy at UT Austin on a Fulbright Scholarship, and received a Doctorate in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland. In between, she worked at a management consultancy and in telecommunications. Trained as an industrial engineer, she is known as a trailblazer for women engineers and scientists. Katila is the recipient of the Eugene L. Grant Faculty Teaching Award at Stanford, was honored by Aalto University’s School of Science (former Helsinki University of Technology) as the Alumnus of the Year and selected to Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll at Stanford.

Please see http://web.stanford.edu/~rkatila/lagunita/publications.html for access to publications, video about big fish, big pond https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4V-P6GzWEE and a story about a recent competition networks paper here https://ecorner.stanford.edu/articles/how-to-rethink-competition/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3uvFGf1o8 for a Lean Startup SMS video abstract, and https://hbr.org/2021/04/to-make-lean-startups-work-you-need-a-balanced-… for a recent HBR article on innovation.