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Kevin Bryan

Kevin Bryan

Associate Professor, Strategic Management Area


PhD, Managerial Economics and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2014
MS, Managerial Economics and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2011
MS, Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
MA, Economics, Boston University, 2006
BA, Intl. Relations and Economics, Boston University, 2006



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Kevin Bryan is an Associate Professor, Strategic Management Area.  His work primarily consists of applied theoretical and empirical analyses of innovation and entrepreneurship. Among other questions, he has investigated why firms may do R&D on socially inefficient research projects (including during the Covid-19 pandemic), how startups find early employees and decide where to locate, when and why acquisitions of high-growth startups may be worrying for antitrust, how artificial intelligence can profitably used alongside human workers, what types of science are most useful for inventors in industry, and how rideshare networks function when they compete with each other.  His work has been published in the Journal of Economic Theory, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Research Policy, and the University of Chicago Law Review. He maintains a side interest in studying history of thought, the history of the Industrial Revolution, and social scientific methodology.  Details of his research can be found at

In addition to academic research, Professor Bryan does extensive public writing about economic theory and policy.  He writes the research weblog A Fine Theorem ( devoted to discussions of new economics and strategy research; the site has been visited over 750,000 times and has been discussed by The Economist, Slate, Reuters, Forbes, and Bloomberg, among others.  

Since arriving at Rotman in 2014, he has also served as Lab Economist and moderator for the Creative Destruction Lab, the world's largest science-based entrepreneurship program, taught as a visiting professor at Duke Fuqua in Durham, North Carolina and at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, and served as Associate Editor for Management Science.

Research and Teaching Interests

Innovation, Applied Theory, Economic History