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April M. Franco

April Franco

    April M. Franco

    Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

    Degrees: PhD in Economics, 2000, University of Rochester
    MA in Economics, 1995, University of Rochester
    BA in Philosophy and Economics, 1992, University of California, Los Angeles
    Email: Send an email to April M. Franco
    Phone: 416-946-3133

    Bio

    April Franco is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, with a cross appointment to the Business Economics area at Rotman.  Her research focuses on the transfer, creation and use of knowledge within organizations; her work on spin-outs is considered ground-breaking. She has received several awards, including the Rector’s Award for the most innovative paper from Aalborg University in 2011 and Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research in 2010. April teaches undergraduate courses in Organizational Strategy, Economics of Management, Industrial Organization and MBA courses in Strategy.

    Academic Positions

    2011-Present  Associate Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Department of Management, University of Toronto at Scarborough
    2014-2015  Visiting Associate Professor; Stern School of Business/New York University
    2014  Visiting Associate Professorq; Bocconi
    2008-2011  Assistant Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Department of Management, University of Toronto at Scarborough
    2007-2008  Visiting Assistant Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    1999-2007  Assistant Professor; Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
    1999-2002  Adjunct Consultant; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Selected Publications - Papers

    Academic / Professional Service

    2014-present  Member of the Editorial Board; Strategy Science
    2012-2016  Associate Editor; Management Science

    Honors and Awards

    2015  Citations of Excellence Award; Emerald Publishing Group
    2011  Rector’s Award for the most innovative paper; Aalborg University
    2011  Second Place, Dingman Entrepreneurship Best Paper Award Competition; University of Maryland
    2010  Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research; Rotman School of Management
    2009  Honorable Mention, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize; Strategic Management Society
    2006  Dean’s Teaching Award; Tippie College of Business
    2005  Best Paper Award; Academy of Management Journal
    2005-2008  Research Grant for Entrepreneurship and Technological Change; Kaufmann Foundation
    2001-2002  Award for Beginning Academics; National Science Foundation
    2000  Old Gold Fellowship; University of Iowa

    Research and Teaching Interests

    April teaches the undergraduate courses in Organizational Strategy, Management Economics, Industrial Organization and MBA courses in Strategy. Her research is focused on the development of knowledge within an organization, as well as the flow of knowledge across organizations.  

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