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Amol M. Joshi, PhD, MS, MBA is the Bern Beatty Fellow and an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Business. He holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Innovation and Commercialization at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), where he serves as Course Director for Innovation Management in the MS in Translational Biotechnology Program. Amol is an Affiliate Faculty Member of the WFU School of Medicine in the Centers for Healthcare Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Informatics, and Precision Medicine. He is also Faculty Representative to the WFU Board of Trustees' Finance Committee and a Voting Member of the University Priorities Committee.

Amol enjoys working with business leaders, corporate managers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students of all levels around the world to help them pursue their business dreams. Amol has trained startup founders and executives in the U.S., Austria, Denmark, and Vietnam.

Amol researches how inventors create and commercialize new technologies and manage their intellectual property across organizational boundaries and international borders. He developed his expertise in innovation management over a 13-year career as an engineer, entrepreneur, and executive in venture capital-funded startups and high-growth public companies in Silicon Valley. He is the co-inventor of 2 patents for voice products. Amol co-founded BeVocal, a speech recognition software startup (acquired by Nuance Communications) and served as VP of Sales & Marketing (1999-2003).

His research is funded through competitive external grants from private foundations and government agencies. Amol is a 2016 Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow and a 2010 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow in Entrepreneurship Research. In 2020, Amol was the co-Principal Investigator for a $200,000 RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. small business innovation ecosystem. He was also the Principal Investigator for a $50,000 NSF Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) grant (2015).

He is actively involved in analyzing and recommending improvements to innovation policies at the national, regional, and local government levels. Amol was appointed to four independent National Academies of Sciences Study Committees for evaluating the small business R&D grant programs and technology transfer processes at NASA (2023-Present), the NSF (2020-2023), National Institutes of Health (2020-2021), and the U.S. Department of Energy (2018-2020). These committees report their findings to the U.S. Congress. Amol also serves as a Faculty Research Fellow for CREATE, which is a non-partisan think tank and policy lab focused on statewide economic development issues in North Carolina. In addition, he is an Affiliate Researcher in Technology, Innovation, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen U., which is the largest engineering university in Germany. Amol previously served on the External Advisory Boards for the WFU Department of Engineering (2022-2024) and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical & Computer Engineering (2013-2021).

Amol has published his research in leading scholarly journals, including: Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Organization Science (OrgSci), Journal of Management, Research Policy, Organizational Research Methods, Small Business Economics, Global Strategy Journal, Management Information Systems Quarterly Executive, PLOS ONE, and the Journal of Medical Internet Research. He currently serves on the Editorial Review Boards of 4 journals ranked in the Financial Times Top 50: SMJ, JIBS, OrgSci, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

- Founding and launching high-tech entrepreneurial ventures
- Creating and commercializing scientific discoveries and new technologies
- Transferring and licensing out technologies from universities and government labs
- Analyzing and evaluating national, regional, and local innovation policies
- Managing and protecting intellectual property (IP)
- Funding and supporting minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses
- Internationalizing and expanding R&D operations via partnerships

  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School (Business Administration (Strategy and Entrepreneurship)) - 2011
  • MBA, Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business (Business Administration) - 1998
  • MS, Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering (Engineering Sciences (Computer Architecture)) - 1997
  • BS, Georgia Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineering (with Highest Honor)) - 1992

Research Interests

  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Policy
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Inclusive Innovation
  • Global Strategy

    Google Scholar Citations: Publications and Patents

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, and Global Strategy for students at the undergraduate, graduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD levels.

  • Claggett, J., Petter, S., Joshi, A. M., Kirkendall, E.,  Ponzio, T. A. (Forthcoming). An Infrastructure Framework for Remote Patient Monitoring Interventions and Research. Journal of Medical Internet Research.  | more information
  • Nasirov, S.,  Joshi, A. M. (2023). Minding the Communications Gap: How Can Universities Signal the Availability and Value of their Scientific Knowledge to Commercial Organizations? Research Policy  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M. (2023). Review of the SBIR and STTR Programs at the National Science Foundation.  Consensus Study Report (Ed.),  (pp. 142). : National Academies Press.  | more information
  • Breidbach, C. F., Joshi, A. M.,  von Briel, F., Maglio, P. P., Dickens, G., Twigg, A.,  Wünderlich, N. (2022). How Everything-as-a-Service Enabled Judo to Become a Billion-Dollar Bank Without Owning IT. MIS Quarterly Executive  | more information
  • Hemmatian, I., Ponzio, T.,  Joshi, A. M. (2022). Exploring the role of R&D collaborations and non-patent IP policies in government technology transfer performance: Evidence from U.S. federal agencies (1999-2016). PLOS ONE  | more information
  • Rüdiger, M., Antons, D., Joshi, A. M.,  Salge, T. (2022). Topic Modeling Revisited: New Evidence on Algorithm Performance and Quality Metrics. PLOS ONE  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M. (2022). Assessment of the SBIR and STTR Programs at the National Institutes of Health.  Consensus Study Report (Ed.),  (pp. 270). : National Academies Press.  | more information
  • Johnson, E. E., Hemmatian, I., Lanahan, L.,  Joshi, A. M. (2021). A Framework and Databases for Measuring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Research Policy  | more information
  • Hemmatian, I., Joshi, A. M., Inouye, T. M.,  Robinson, J. A. (2021). Exploring the Effects of Discretion, Discrimination, and Oversight on the Inclusiveness of Small Business Contracting.  Bruno S. Sergi, Cole C. Scanlon, and Luke R. I. Heine (Ed.), Entrepreneurship for Social Change Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.  | more information
  • Lanahan, L., Armanios, D. E.,  Joshi, A. M. (2021). Inappropriateness Penalty, Desirability Premium: What Do More Certifications Actually Signal? Organization Science  | more information
  • Lanahan, L., Joshi, A. M.,  Johnson, E. E. (2021). Do Public Research Subsidies Produce Jobs? Evidence from the SBIR/STTR Program. Research Policy, 50 (7)  | more information
  • Antons, D., Breidbach, C. F., Joshi, A. M.,  Salge, T. O. (2021). Computational Literature Reviews: Methods, Algorithms, and Roadmap. Organizational Research Methods  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M., Lahiri, N.,  Hemmatian, I. (2020). Conflict Framing, Multilateral Leadership, and Coalition Formation in International Trade Disputes, 1995-2011.  Marianne Ojo, Enriqueta S. Caballero, and Jim DiGabriele (Ed.), Trade Negotiations and Global Relations: Emerging Players and Actors : Lambert Academic Publishers.  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M. (2020). Review of the SBIR and STTR Programs at the Department of Energy.  Consensus Study Report (Ed.),  (pp. 186). : National Academies Press.  | more information
  • Inouye, T. M., Joshi, A. M., Hemmatian, I.,  Robinson, J. A. (2019). Counteracting Globalization's Skeptics: How Diasporas Influence the Internationalization Preferences of Minority Entrepreneurs' Firms. Global Strategy Journal, 10 (1),  123-173.  | more information
  • Robinson, J. A., Joshi, A., Vickerie-Dearman, L.,  Inouye, T. M. (2019). Urban Innovation: At the nexus of entrepreneurship and urban policy.  Gerard George, Ted Baker, Paul Tracey, and Havovi Joshi (Ed.), The Handbook of Inclusive Innovation: The Role of Organizations, Markets and Communities in Social Innovation (pp. 129-144). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.  | more information
  • Inouye, T. M., Robinson, J. A.,  Joshi, A. M. (2019). Does a Federal Glass Ceiling Have Differential Effects on Female and Male Technology Entrepreneurs?  Başak Uçanok Tan (Ed.), Macro and Micro-Level Issues Surrounding Women in the Workforce: Emerging Research and Opportunities (pp. 23). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M.,  Hemmatian, I. (2018). How do legal surprises drive organizational attention and case resolution? An analysis of false patent marking lawsuits. Research Policy, 47 (9),  1741-1761.  | more information
  • Antons, D., Joshi, A. M.,  Salge, T. O. (2018). Content, Contribution, and Knowledge Consumption: Uncovering Hidden Topic Structure and Rhetorical Signals in Scientific Texts. Journal of Management, 45 (7),  3035-3076.  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M., Inouye, T. M.,  Robinson, J. A. (2017). How does agency workforce diversity influence Federal R&D funding of minority and women technology entrepreneurs? An analysis of the SBIR and STTR programs, 2001-2011. Small Business Economics, 50,  499-519 (Winner of the Best Paper Prize for the Special Issue on Minority Entrepreneurship).  | more information
  • Joshi, A. (2014). Innovation Policy.  Mie Augier and David Teece (Ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M.,  Lahiri, N. (2014). Language friction and partner selection in cross-border R&D alliance formation. Journal of International Business Studies, 46,  123-152 (Runner-Up, Academy of International Business AIB 2012 Best Conference Paper Prize).  | more information
  • Joshi, A. M.,  Nerkar, A. (2011). When do strategic alliances inhibit innovation by firms? Evidence from patent pools in the global optical disc industry. Strategic Management Journal, 32 (11),  1139-1160.  | more information

  • 2024 - Cowan Faculty Research Award, Wake Forest University, School of Business
  • 2023 - Outstanding Educator Award - Charlotte Saturday MBA Program, Wake Forest University, School of Business
  • 2022 - Radical Collaboration Grant for Healthcare Innovation ($20,000), WFU Associate Provost for Research
  • 2021 - Bern Beatty Faculty Fellowship, Wake Forest University, School of Business
  • 2021 - High Impact Scholarship Award, Wake Forest University, School of Business
  • 2020 - CREATE Fellow, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • 2020 - RAPID Grant for Research on U.S. Small Business Innovation Ecosystem ($200,000), National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 2019 - External Service Award, Oregon State University, College of Business
  • 2019 - Prominent Scholar Award (received 2 awards, both in 2019), Oregon State University, College of Business
  • 2019 - Scholarly Impact Award, Oregon State University, College of Business
  • 2018 - Professor of the Semester Award for Teaching Excellence in Distance Learning Executive MBA Programs, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business
  • 2017 - Best Paper Prize for Article Published in 2017 SBE Special Issue on Minority Entrepreneurship, Small Business Economics (SBE)
  • 2017 - Betty and Forrest Simmons Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, Oregon State University, College of Business
  • 2016 - Byron L. Newton Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Oregon State University, College of Business
  • 2016 - Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (1 of 7 nationwide), Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • 2015 - Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Grant ($50,000), National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 2015 - Newcomb Associates Award, Oregon State University, College of Business
  • 2013 - Best Reviewer Award, Strategic Management Society (SMS)
  • 2013 - Professor of the Semester Award for Teaching Excellence in MBA Programs, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business
  • 2012 - Professor of the Semester Award for Teaching Excellence in Executive MBA Programs, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business
  • 2012 - Finalist (1 of 7 worldwide), Academy of Management Wiley-Blackwell Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Business Policy and Strategy , Academy of Management, BPS Division
  • 2012 - Best Reviewer Award, Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • 2012 - Runner-Up, Best Conference Paper Award, Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • 2012 - Shirley M. Lee Award for Research Excellence, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business
  • 2010 - Finalist (1 of 8 worldwide), INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition, INFORMS Organization Science
  • 2010 - Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship for Entrepreneurship Research (1 of 15 nationwide), Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • 2010 - Peggy Lee-Sunil Wahal Award for Most Outstanding Ph.D. Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • 2010 - Future Faculty Fellowship (1 of 25 university-wide), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Office of the Provost and Center for Faculty Excellence
  • 2004 - Top 40 Business Leader Under 40, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal