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Joshua S. Gans

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Joshua S. Gans

Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Strategic Management


PhD in Economics, Stanford University
BEcon (Hons.), University of Queensland



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Joshua Gans holds the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is a Professor at Rotman (with a cross-appointment in the Department of Economics). His research is primarily focused on understanding the economic drivers of innovation and scientific progress, and has core interests in digital strategy and antitrust policy. Joshua is the department editor (Strategy) of Management Science, managing director of the Core Research consultancy and writes regularly for HBR and Digitopoly.

Academic Positions

  • 1994-1996

    Lecturer, University of New South Wales

  • 2009-2011

    Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

  • 1996-2011

    Professor, Melbourne Business School

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2011

    Visiting Researcher, Microsoft

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

Research and Teaching Interests

Applied Game Theory, Network and Digital Market Strategy, Economics of Innovation and Science, Entrepreneurship

Honors and Awards

  • 2006

    Woodward Medal for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Melbourne

  • 2007

    Young Economist Award, Economic Society of Australia

  • 2008

    Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2014-

    Chief Economist, Creative Destruction Lab

  • 2013 - 2019

    Area Coordinator, University of Toronto