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Kristina McElheran

Kristina McElheran

Kristina McElheran

Assistant Professor of Strategy, University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman
Digital Fellow, Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT
Lab Economist, Creative Destruction Lab


Ph.D. Northwestern University
A.M., Stanford University
A.B. Stanford University
Dip. London School of Economics
A.B. Albion College


Kristina’s research centers on the use of information technology and data by firms, with an emphasis on strategy, organizational design, and process innovation. Her current focus is on data-driven decision making and how firms and individuals can use data to improve their performance. She is also actively investigating the economic and strategic impacts of Cloud Computing.

Kristina’s experience includes six years on the Harvard Business School faculty. She has been a Digital Fellow at MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy since 2013 and splits her time between Rotman, MIT, and the University of Toronto, Scarborough, where she teaches strategic management. Prior to her academic career, Kristina worked for two early-stage technology ventures in Silicon Valley. She currently serves as a Lab Economist at the Creative Destruction Lab, one of Toronto’s premier seed-stage programs for technology startups.

Academic Positions

  • 2014- present

    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

  • 2013- present

    Digital Fellow, Massachussets Institute of Technology Initiative on the Digital Economy

  • 2008 - 2014

    Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Selected Publications - Papers

Featured Work

Kristina’s work has been featured in Management Science, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Rotman Magazine, and Communications of the ACM.

Research and Teaching Interests

Innovation and technological change, digital transformation, information technology, corporate strategy, managerial decision-making, organizational economics

Honors and Awards

  • 2018

    Kauffman Knowledge Challenge Grant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

  • 2018

    Digitization Working Group Research Grant, National Bureau of Economic Research

  • 2017

    Insight Development Grant, SSHRC

  • 2017

    Insight Grant, SSHRC

  • 2016

    Entrepreneurship Working Group Research Grant, National Bureau of Economic Research

  • 2016

    SSHRC Institutional Grant, SSHRC

  • 2015

    Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto

  • 2014

    Finalist, Oliver E. Williamson Best Conference Paper Award, ISNIE

  • 2013

    $120,000 Research Grant, Israel-US Binanational Science Foundation

  • 2008

    Finalist, Best Student Paper, Academy of Management, TIM Division

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2016 - present

    Lab Economist, Creative Destruction Lab

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