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Kristina McElheran

Kristina McElheran

Assistant Professor of Strategy, University of Toronto
Digital Fellow, Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT



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Kristina McElheran joined the University of Toronto in 2014 after five years at the Harvard Business School and one year as a visiting scholar at MIT. Her research focuses on the use of IT and data in firms, with an emphasis on organizational design and strategy, including delegation, vertical integration, diversification, competition and supply chain linkages. Prior to her academic career, Kristina worked for two start-up technology companies in Silicon Valley. The first, Risk Management Solutions, has become a leading provider of products and services for managing risks associated with natural disasters. The second, Exemplary Software, provided collaborative web-based supply chain management solutions. Her teaching focus is on corporate strategy, with an emphasis on the linkages between strategy formulation, strategy execution, and capability development within firms. She enjoys Special Sworn Status at the U.S. Census Bureau but is constantly looking for new data on the types of IT investments and IT-related practices that firms are pursuing and how they structure themselves to take advantage of them in the digital age.


The Rise of Data-Driven Decision Making Is Real but Uneven

Taking a Value-Chain Perspective on Innovation

Academic Positions

  • 2014- present

    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

  • 2013- present

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

  • 2008 - 2013

    Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

Selected Publications - Papers

Research and Teaching Interests

Innovation and technological change, information technology, corporate strategy, data-driven decision making, organizational economics, supply chain, management practices

Honors and Awards

  • 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

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

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