About This Theme

Theme active: September 2018-present

The interdisciplinary themes provide a nexus for faculty collaboration across the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, focusing on research, broad teaching and learning initiatives, and external engagement. Cornell SC Johnson College of Business faculty, students, alumni, and industry leaders engage in the development of new products, services, business models, and technologies. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, scientists, and engineers, in new and established enterprises across a range of industries, collaborate with us as well, benefiting from our expertise.

The Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (IET) interdisciplinary theme bridges strengths in the Dyson School, the Johnson School, and the Nolan School of Hotel Administration as it supports connections among Cornell’s larger entrepreneurial and tech communities.

IET faculty members hold senior editorial positions at top management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and Organization Science, and aim to provide thought leadership across a variety of social science perspectives.

Key Areas

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology is an interdisciplinary theme of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Its vision is to collaborate for thought leadership and to create a hub of cutting-edge research, innovative teaching, and collaborative industry engagement for the study and understanding of evolving economies and quality of life around the world.

Cornell has a rigorous presence in many areas that makes us a leader in the understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Fintech
  • Agriculture
  • Agribusiness
  • Business school
  • Organizational behavior
  • Economics

Theme Outcomes

Faculty involved in the IET theme are working to create and sustain an exciting environment in which research and the exchange of ideas build the college’s scholarship in innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Goal #1

Investment in IET Research

By supporting seminars, PhD courses, and workshops to facilitate research and conversation while establishing the college’s authority in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology

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Goal #2

Coordination of IET Activities and External Outreach

By making connections between the college and potential partners or tech companies looking for engagement opportunities with students and faculty on IET management topics

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Goal #3

Coordination and Development of IET Curricula

By creating programming and courses that provide the college’s students and executive education participants access to specialized content and IET faculty

News & Highlights

Aija Leiponen

Aija Leiponen et al Publish on Platforms in SMJ

Professor Aija Leiponen and co-authors recently published Platform ecosystems as meta-organizations: Implications for platform strategies in a special issue of Strategic Management Journal. In this paper, the authors discuss some of the most salient features of platform ecosystems as meta-organizations: sources of authority or power in the ecosystem,  motivation and incentives a platform creates to attract participants, and governance and coordination structures.

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Luo Zuo et al Publish in Journal of Law and Economics

Johnson professor Luo Zuo and co-authors recently published Financial Reporting Frequency and Corporate Innovation in the Journal of Law and Economics. Using a difference-in-difference approach to examine how the regulation of financial reporting frequency affects corporate innovation, the investigators find a reduction in treatment firms’ innovation output but find no evidence of significant net externality effect on industry peers.

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Park and Unal Receive Second-Round Review

Johnson Professor Young-Hoon Park and PhD Student Murat Unal have received second-round review for their paper Fewer Clicks, More Purchases at Journal of Marketing Research. Analyzing clickstream data of customer activity online and purchases across product categories, the authors discuss the implications of their findings for customer experience and targeting.

Faculty Co-directors

Chris Forman

Chris Forman

Peter and Stephanie Nolan Professor of Strategy, Innovation, and Technology

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Wesley Sine

Professor of Management and Organizations

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Steering Committee leadership

Steve Carvell

School of Hotel Administration
Professor of Finance; Engagement Committee Leader

Aija Leiponen

Dyson School
Professor; Research Committee Leader

Supporting Organizations and Programs

Cornell University

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

A diverse, university-wide program that finds and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in participants from every college, every field, and in every stage of life.

Co-Publisher: SC Johnson College of Business

Global Innovation Index

Providing 80 detailed metrics for 129 economies in 2019, the GII has become one of the leading references for measuring an economy’s innovation performance.

Nolan School of Hotel Administration

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship engages leading industry experts and faculty to educate students and provide them with experiential opportunities to learn all aspects of entrepreneurship.

PhD Students

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