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Brian S. Silverman

Brian Silverman

    Brian S. Silverman

    J.R.S. Prichard and Ann Wilson Chair in Management
    Professor of Strategic Management

    Degrees: PhD, University of California at Berkeley
    MA, University of California at Berkeley
    SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    AB, Harvard University
    Email: Send an email to Brian S. Silverman
    Phone: 416-946-7811

    Bio

    Brian Silverman is the J.R.S. Prichard and Ann Wilson Chair in Management, and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. His research focuses on the interaction between a firm’s competitive strategy and organizational structure to affect its performance – in particular, its ability to access and exploit technological capabilities. He studies diverse industries including biotechnology, information processing, consumer electronics, and transportation. He currently serves as Series Editor for Advances in Strategic Management, editorial board member for Organization Science, Research Policy, and Strategic Organization, and Chair of the Strategy Research Initiative’s Executive Board.

    Academic Positions

    2004-Present  J.R.S. Prichard and Ann Wilson Chair in Management, and Full Professor, Strategic Management; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    2001-2004  Magna International Professor of Strategy (2003-2004), and Associate Professor, Strategic Management; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    1998-2001  Assistant Professor, Competition and Strategy; Harvard Business School
    1995-1998  Assistant Professor, Strategic Management; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
      SHORT-TERM VISITING APPOINTMENTS:
    March-April 2016  Visiting Professor; University of Cambridge
    Spring 2015  Visiting Fellow; London Business School
    Feb 2014  Visiting Fellow; Technion
    Fall 2010  Visiting Scholar; Stern School of Business, New York University
    March 2010  Visiting Professor; Singapore Management University
    March 2009  Visiting Professor; Universite de Paris I
    May 2005  Visiting Professor; Universite de Paris XI
    Spring 2004  Senior Fellow; The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    Fall 2003  Visiting Scholar; Columbia Business School

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • Asset Ownership and Incentives in Early Shareholder Capitalism: Liverpool Shipping in the 18th Century; Silverman, B.S. & P. Ingram; Strategic Management Journal; forthcoming; 2016
    • The Effect of Social Interaction on Economic Transactions: Evidence from Changes in Two Retail Formats; Goldfarb, A., R.C. McDevitt, S. Samila & B.S. Silverman; Management Science; Issue: 61(12); 2015; Pages: 2963-2981
    • Water under the Bridge: Determinants of Franchise Renewal in Water Provision; Chong, E., S. Saussier & B.S. Silverman; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization; Issue: 31(S1); 2015; Pages: 3-39
    • Learning by Hiring or Hiring to Avoid Learning?; Tzabbar, D., B.S. Silverman & B. Aharonson; Journal of Managerial Psychology; Issue: 30(5); 2014; Pages: 550-564
    • Learning through Foreign Market Participation: The Relative Benefits of Exporting, Importing, and Foreign Direct Investment; Almodovar, P., J. Saiz-Briones & B.S. Silverman; Journal of Technology Transfer; Issue: 39(6); 2014; Pages: 915-944
    • Firm Survival and Industry Evolution in Vertically Related Populations; de Figueiredo, J.M. & B.S. Silverman; Management Science; Issue: 58(9); 2012; Pages: 1632-1650
    • Arms Race or Detente? The Effect of Alliance Announcements on Rivals' Market Values; Oxley, J.E., R.C. Sampson & B.S. Silverman; Management Science; Issue: 55(8); 2009; Pages: 1321-1337
    • Churn, Baby, Churn: Strategic Dynamics Among Dominant and Fringe Firms in a Segmented Industry; de Figueiredo, J.M. and B.S. Silverman; Management Science; Issue: 53(4); 2007; Pages: 632-650
    • The 'Problem' of Creating and Capturing Value; Nickerson, J.A., B.S. Silverman and T.R. Zenger; Strategic Organization; Issue: 5(3); 2007; Pages: 211-225
    • The Returns to Lobbying: University Lobbying Efforts and the Allocation of 'Earmarked' Academic Grants; de Figueiredo, J.M. and B.S. Silverman; Journal of Law and Economics; Issue: 49(2); 2006; Pages: 597-626
    • Profiting from Others' Technological Innovation: The Effect of Competitor Patenting on Firm Value; McGahan, A.M. and B.S. Silverman; Research Policy; Issue: 35(8); 2006; Pages: 1222-1242
    • Picking Winners or Making Them? Alliances, Patents, and Human Capital as Selection Criteria in Venture Financing and Performance of Biotechnology Startups; Baum, J.A.C. and B.S. Silverman; Journal of Business Venturing; Issue: 19; 2004; Pages: 411-436
    • R&D, Organization Structure, and the Development of Corporate Technological Knowledge; Argyres, N.S. and B.S. Silverman; Strategic Management Journal; Issue: 25(8-9); 2004; Pages: 929-958
    • Why Aren't All Truck Drivers Owner-Operators? Asset Ownership and the Employment Relation in Interstate For-hire Trucking; Nickerson, J.A. and B.S. Silverman; Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, forthcoming; Issue: 12(1); 2003; Pages: pp. 91-118
    • Why Firms Want to Organize Efficiently and What Keeps them from Doing So: Inappropriate Governance, Performance, and Adaptation in a Deregulated Industry; Nickerson, J.A. and B.S. Silverman; Administrative Science Quarterly; Issue: 48(3); 2003; Pages: 433-465
    • Alliance-based Competitive Dynamics; Silverman, B.S. and J.A.C. Baum; Academy of Management Journal; Issue: 45(4); 2002; Pages: pp. 791-817
    • How Does Innovative Activity Change as Industries Mature?; McGahan, A.M. and B.S. Silverman; International Journal of Industrial Organization; Issue: 19(7); 2001; Pages: pp. 1141-1160
    • Canadian Biotechnology Startups, 1991?1997: The Role of Incumbents' Patents and Strategic Alliances in Controlling Competition; Calabrese, T., J.A.C. Baum and B.S. Silverman; Social Science Research; Issue: 29(4); 2000; Pages: pp. 503-534
    • Don't Go it Alone: Alliance Networks and Startup Performance in Canadian Biotechnology; Baum, J.A.C., T. Calabrese and B.S. Silverman; Strategic Management Journal; Issue: 21(3); 2000; Pages: pp. 267-294
    • Technological Resources and the Direction of Corporate Diversification: Toward an Integration of the Resource-Based View and Transaction Cost Economics; Silverman, B.S.; Management Science; Issue: 45(8); 1999; Pages: pp. 1109-1124
    • Technological Overlap and Interfirm Cooperation: Implications for the Resource-Based View of the Firm; Mowery, D.C., J.E. Oxley and B.S. Silverman; Research Policy; Issue: 27(5); 1998; Pages: pp. 507-523
    • Profitability, Transactional Alignment, and Organizational Mortality in the U.S. Trucking Industry; Silverman, B.S., J.A. Nickerson and J. Freeman; Strategic Management Journal; Issue: 18(Summer); 1997; Pages: pp. 31-52
    • Strategic Alliances and Interfirm Knowledge Transfer; Mowery, D.C., J.E. Oxley and B.S. Silverman; Strategic Management Journal; Issue: 17(Winter); 1996; Pages: pp. 77-91
    • The Lessons of SEMATECH: Implications for the Design of High-Technology Research Consortia; Grindley, P., D.C. Mowery and B. Silverman; Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; Issue: 13(4), Fall; 1994; Pages: pp. 723-758

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • Addressing Endogeneity Issues in Alliance Research; Martinez, O., J.E. Oxley & B.S. Silverman; in L. Mesquita, R. Ragozzino & J.J. Reuer (editors), Collaborative Strategy: A Guide to Strategic Alliances, Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, in press; 2016
    • Collaboration and Competition in Business Ecosystems: Advances in Strategic Management, volume 30; Adner, R., J.E. Oxley & B.S. Silverman (editors); Bingley UK: Emerald Press; 2013
    • History and Strategy: Advances in Strategic Management volume 29; Kahl, S.J., B.S. Silverman & M.A. Cusumano (editors); Bingley UK: Emerald Press; 2012
    • History in Strategy Research: What, Why, and How; Ingram, P., H. Rao & B.S. Silverman; in S.J. Kahl, B.S. Silverman & M.A. Cusumano (editors), History and Strategy: Advances in Strategic Management volume 29, Bingley UK: Emerald Press; 2012
    • The Economic Institutions of Strategy; Nickerson, J.A. & B.S. Silverman (editors); London UK: Emerald Press; 2009
    • New Frontiers in the Strategic Management of Organizational Change; Nickerson, J.A. & B.S. Silverman; in J.A. Nickerson & B.S. Silverman (editors), The Economic Institutions of Strategy, London UK: Emerald Press; 2009
    • How Does the Government (Want to) Fund Science? Politics, Lobbying and Academic Earmarks; de Figueiredo, J.M. and B.S. Silverman; in R.G. Ehrenberg and P. Stephan (editors), Science and the University, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press; 2007
    • Inter-firm Alliances: A New Institutional Perspective; Oxley, J.E. and B.S. Silverman; in E. Brousseau and J. Glachant (editors), New Institutional Economics: A Guidebook, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2007
    • Technological Resources and the Logic of Corporate Diversification; Silverman, B.S.; London, UK: Routledge Press; 2002
    • The New Institutionalism in Strategic Management: Advances in Strategic Management volume 19; Ingram, P. and B.S. Silverman, editors; Stamford CT: JAI Press; 2002
    • Organizational Economics; Silverman, B.S.; in J.A.C. Baum, editor, Blackwell Companion to Organizations, London: Blackwell Publishers; 2001
    • Complexity, Attractors and Path Dependence and Creation in Technological Evolution; Baum, J.A.C. and B.S. Silverman; in R. Garud and P. Karnoe (editors), Path as Process (Hillsdale NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; 2001
    • Complexity in the Dynamics of Organizational Founding and Failure; Baum, J.A.C. and B.S. Silverman; in M. Lissack and H. Gunz (editors), Managing Complexity in Organizations, New York: Quorum Press; 1999
    • Economic Performance, Strategic Position, and Vulnerability to Ecological Pressure in the U.S. Interstate Trucking Industry; Nickerson, J.A. and B.S. Silverman; in J.A.C. Baum (editor), Advances in Strategic Management 15; 1998; Pages: pp. 37-61

    Academic / Professional Service

      EDITORIAL SERVICE
    2011-  Editor in Chief; Advances in Strategic Management
    2006-  Editorial Board; Organization Science
    2006-  Advisory Editor; Research Policy
    2001-  Editorial Board; Strategic Organization
    2004-2008  Editorial Board; Administrative Science Quarterly
    2001-2006  Departmental Editor; Journal of International Business Studies
    2001-2004  Editorial Board; Academy of Management Review
    1999-2001  Editorial Board; Business & Politics
      
      OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE
    2016  Division Chair-Elect; Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division
    2015  Program Chair; Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division
    2014  Assistant Program Chair; Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division
    2014-2015  Secretary; Strategy Research Initiative
    2012-2015  Member, Executive Board; Strategy Research Initiative (Chair, 2012-2013)
    2008-2011  Board Member; Strategy Research Initiative
    2010-  Member, Scientific Council; Economics of PPP Chair, Universite de Paris I Sorbonne
    2009-2012  Advisory Board Member; Israel Strategy Conference
    2007-2010  Board Member; International Society of New Institutional Economics
    2004-2006  Executive Committee member; Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division
    2002-2003  Co-chair, Doctoral Consortium; Academy of Management, Business, Policy & Strategy Division
    1999-2001  Executive committee member at large; Academy of Management, Technology and Innovation Management Division
    2000  Division Chair; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Technology and Innovation Management Group
    1999  Program Chair; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Technology and Innovation Management Group
    1998  Academic Reviewer; Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Technology and Innovation Management Group

    Honors and Awards

    2005-2015  Excellence in Teaching Award; Rotman School of Management
    2012  Best Paper Award; Israel Strategy Conference
    2010  Best Paper Proceedings; Academy of Management, Business Policy & Strategy Division
    2010  Most Impactful Paper; Journal of Business Venturing
    2003  Best Paper; Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management
    2003  Best Professor; University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management 2nd-year MBA class
    2002  Runner-up, Best Professor; University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management 2nd-year MBA class
    2001  Noted Alliance Expert; Corporate Strategy Board, Washington DC
    2000  Two papers nominated for McKinsey/Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize
    1999  Best Paper Award of Excellence; Technology and Innovation Management Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
    1998  Honourable Mention Award of Excellence; Organization Theory Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada
    1997  Best Paper Award; Organization Theory Division, ASAC
    1997  Honourable Mention Award; Policy Division, ASAC
    1997  Best Professor; University of Toronto 1st -Year MBA class
    1997  Finalist, Best Dissertation Award; Business Policy & Strategy Division, Academy of Management

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships

    Academy of Management
    American Economic Association
    Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics
    Strategic Management Society
    Strategy Research Initiative

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Competitive strategy, cooperative strategy, management of innovation, theory of the firm. (See my personal web page for more!)  

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