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Alicia DeSantola
Office: 421
Phone: 206-685-5287

Curriculum vitae:

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195

Alicia DeSantola

Assistant Professor of Management and Organization
Helen Moore Gerhardt Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship


PhD Harvard University
AM Harvard University
MS Stanford University
BS Stanford University
BA Stanford University

Academic Expertise

organizational transformation
technology and innovation strategy
venture capital

Selected Publications

  1. Windows versus Waves of Opportunity: How Reputation Alters Venture Capital Firms’ Resource Mobilization
    Journal Article:DeSantola, A., Zhelyazkov, P.I., & Hallen, B.L., (2023). Strategic Management Journal,
  2. External Interfaces or Internal Processes? Market Positioning and Divergent Professionalization Paths in Young Ventures.
    Journal Article:DeSantola, A., Gulati, R., & Zhelyazkov, P., (2023). Organization Science, Vol. 34(1), pp. 1-23.
  3. Book Review. Tom Eisenmann: Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success.
    Journal Article:DeSantola, A., (2022). Administrative Science Quarterly., Vol. 67(2), pp. NP18-NP20..
  4. Scaling Considerations for the Social Franchising Model.
    Journal Article:DeSantola, A., (2021). Journal of Organization Design., Vol. 10(3), pp. 99-102.
  5. New Venture Milestones and the First Female Board Member.
    Journal Article:DeSantola, A., Ramarajan, L., & Battilana, J., (2017). Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings,
  6. Scaling: Organizing and Growth in Entrepreneurial Ventures.
    Journal Article:DeSantola, A. & Gulati, R., (2017). Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 11(2), pp. 640-668.
  7. Start-Ups That Last: How to Scale Your Business.
    Journal Article:Gulati, R. & DeSantola, A., (2016). Harvard Business Review, Vol. 94(3), pp. 54-61.

Honors and Awards

MS in Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Quarter (2022, 2023)
MS in Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Award, 2022
Poets & Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professor, 2021
MS in Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Quarter, 2021
Industry Studies Association Dissertation Award Winner, 2020
Heizer Dissertation Award in New Enterprise Development Finalist, 2020
Grigor McClelland Award Shortlist, 2020
Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, 2018
Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2017
Walter G. Vincenti Thesis Prize, Stanford University, 2009

Courses Taught

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTRE 370)
Entrepreneurial Strategy (ENTRE 510)
Entrepreneurial Strategy and Decision Making (ENTRE 567)