PHDBA279C Field Exam Papers

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This page provides the short list of papers selected for study for PHDBA279C 'Innovation and Strategy'.

Innovation (Mowery)

The following 13 papers were selected by Egan and Hernandez for study for the Innovation half of PHDBA279C 'Innovation and Strategy' (listed in alphabetical order, and Accepted or Rejected by Mowery):

  1. (A) Agrawal A., and R. Henderson (2002), "Putting Patents in Context: Exploring Knowledge Transfer from MIT", Management Science. pdf
  2. (R) Cockburn I., R. Henderson, and S. Stern (2000), "Untangling the origins of competitive advantage", Strategic Management Journal. pdf
  3. (A) Cohen, W.M. and D.A. Levinthal (1990), "Absorptive Capacity: A New Perspective on Learning and Innovation," Administrative Sciences Quarterly 35, 569-596. pdf
  4. (A) Gompers, P., J. Lerner, and D. Sharfstein (2003), "Entrepreneurial Spawning: Public Corporations and the Genesis of New Ventures, 1986-1999," NBER working paper #9816. pdf
  5. (R) Hall, B.H. (2004), "Exploring the Patent Explosion", NBER working paper #10605. pdf
  6. (A) Henderson R.M. & K.B. Clark (1990), "Architectural Innovation: The Reconfiguration of Existing Product Technologies and the Failure of Established Firms", Administrative Science Quarterly. pdf
  7. (A) Lamoreaux, N. and K. Sokoloff (2005), "Decline of the Independent Inventor: A Schumpeterian Story", NBER working paper #11654. pdf
  8. (A) Mowery D., & A. Ziedonis, (2001), "Numbers, Quality, & Entry: How Has the Bayh-Dole Act Affected U.S. University Patenting and Licensing?", in Innovation Policy and the Economy, NBER. pdf
  9. (R) Mowery, D.C. (2009), "Plus ca change: Industrial R&D in the Third Industrial Revolution", forthcoming, Industrial and Corporate Change. pdf
  10. (A) Murray F., and S. Stern (2005), "Do formal intellectual property rights hinder the free flow of scientific knowledge? An empirical test of the anti-commons hypothesis", NBER working paper #11465. pdf
  11. (A) Teece, D.J. (1986), "Profiting from technological innovation: Implications for integration, collaboration, licensing, and public policy," Research Policy. pdf
  12. (A) Thursby J., A. Fuller, & M. Thursby (2007), "US Faculty Patenting Inside and Outside the University", NBER working paper #13256. pdf
  13. (A) Ziedonis, R.H. (2004), "Don't fence me in: Fragmented markets for technology and the patent acquisition strategies of firms", Management Science. pdf

The following papers were added by Mowery:

  • Nelson, R.R. (1959), "The Simple Economics of Basic Scientific Research", Journal of Political Economy 67, 297-306. pdf
  • Arrow, K.J. (1958), "Economic Welfare and the Allocation of Resources for Innovation" in idem., Essays in the Theory of Risk Bearing. pdf

The rejection of Mowery (2009) and Hall (2004) were somewhat shocking given the previous exams, and should be included.

The following papers were included in a shortlist by Shelef, Thompson, et al.:

  • Walsh J., M. Cho, and W. Cohen (2007), "Where excludability matters: material vs. intellectual property in academic biomedical research", Research Policy. pdf
  • Anderson P. and M. Tushman (1990), "Technological Discontinuities and Dominant Designs: A Cyclical Model of Technological Change", ASQ. pdf
  • Klepper S. (2008), "Silicon Valley - A chip off the old Detroit bloc", forthcoming in D. Audretsch and R. Strom, eds., Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy, Cambridge University Press. pdf
  • Stuart, T.E. and O. Sorenson (2003), "Liquidity events and the geographic distribution of entrepreneurial activity," ASQ.pdf

The following additional papers have featured in past exams:

  • Merges, R. P. (1999), "As Many as Six Impossible Patents before Breakfast: Property Rights for Business Concepts and Patent System Reform", Berkeley Technology Law Journal. pdf

Strategy (Dal Bo, Tadelis, and de Figueiredo)

The following papers were selected for study for the Strategy half of PHDBA279C 'Innovation and Strategy' (listed in the order that they appeared in class):

Dal Bo

Selected papers by Egan (Accepted or Rejected by Dal Bo):

  • (A) Hotelling, H. (1929), "Stability in competition", Economic Journal 39, 41-57. pdf
  • (A) Salop (1979), "Monopolistic competition with outside goods", Bell Journal of Economics 10, 141-156. pdf
  • (A) Dixit, A. and J. Stiglitz (1977), "Monopolistic competition and optimum product diversity", American Economic Review 67, 297-308. pdf
  • (R) Spence, M. (1976), "Product selection, fixed costs and monopolistic competition", Review of Economic Studies 43, 217-235. (Optional Reading) pdf
  • (A) Shaked, A. and J. Sutton (1982), "Relaxing price competition through product differentiation", Review of Economic Studies 49, 3-13. pdf


Selected papers by Egan (Accepted or Rejected by Dal Bo):

  • (A) Holmstrom, Bengt and Paul Milgrom (1991), "Multi-Task Principal-Agent Analyses: Linear Contracts, Asset Ownership and Job Design", Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Vol. 7, pp. 24-52. pdf
  • (A) Grossman, Sanford J. and Oliver D. Hart (1986), "The Costs and Benefits of Ownership: A Theory of Vertical Integration", Journal of Political Economy, vol.94, pp. 691-719. pdf
  • (R) Gibbons, Robert (2005), "Four formal(izable) theories of the firm?", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 58, pp.200-245. pdf
  • (A) Baker, George and Thomas Hubbard (2004), "Contractibility and Asset Ownership: On-Board Computers and Governance in U.S. Trucking", Quarterly Journal of Economics, 119, pp.1443-79. pdf

Note: Given the focus on theory in Steve's classes, focus should be placed on the first two papers.

The following papers were added by Hernandez:

  • Gibbons, Robert (2005), "Four formal(izable) theories of the firm?", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 58, pp.200-245. pdf
  • Woodruff, Christopher (2002), "Non-contractible Investment and Vertical Integration in the Mexican Footwear Industry", International Journal of Industrial Organization, 20, pp. 1197-1224. pdf

de Figueiredo

Selected papers by Egan (Accepted or Rejected by de Figueiredo):

  • (A) Teece, D., G. Pisano and A. Shuen (1997), "Dynamic capabilities and strategic management", Strategic Management Journal, 18, pp.509-533. pdf
  • (A) Eisenhardt, K., and J. Martin (2000), "Dynamic capabilities: what are they?", Strategic Management Journal, 21, pp.1105-1121. pdf
  • (R) Winter, S. (2003), "Understanding dynamic capabilities", Strategic Management Journal, 24, pp.991-995. pdf
  • (A) Teece, D. (1982), "Towards an economic theory of the multiproduct firm", Journal of Economic Behavior and organization, 3, pp.39-63. pdf
  • (A) Montgomery, C. (1994), "Corporate diversification", Journal of Economic Perspectives, 8, pp.163-178. pdf

Note: Rui did not actually "reject" or "accept", rather he said to place less or more focus on certain papers.