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Kristina McElheran

Kristina McElheran

    Kristina McElheran

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

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    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

    Recent Presentations

    Honors and Awards

    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

    Research and Teaching Interests

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

    Other Info

    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


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