Susan K. Cohen
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
Office: 252 Mervis Hall
- PhD in Strategic Management, University of Minnesota, 1998
- BS in Management Information Systems, Clarkson University, 1986
I worked in the software industry, for Accenture and Intersolv as a consultant and product development manager, before returning to graduate school at U of MN.
The research I undertake reflects my deep curiosity about whether, when, and how we might design infinitely innovative organizations. Predominant theoretical paradigms suggest that this ideal is unattainable. I seek to advance understanding of when and how firms circumvent barriers to innovation. To date, I have examined how a firm’s innovation strategy, characteristics of its knowledge and alliance networks, organizational problem solving architectures, and technological standards strategy, as well as a firm’s executive leadership, start-up founder orientation, and competitive pressures such as imitation and substitution, affect firm performance outcomes, including patenting, new product introduction, profitability, adaptation and survival.