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Suresh Kotha
Office: 510
Phone: 206-543-4466
Fax: 206-543-3968

Curriculum vitae:

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

The Internet and the emerging digital economy will fundamentally alter how firms compete in the 21st century. In this digital economy, firm performance will no longer be measured by traditional measures such as market share and return on assets, but will include a measure of cybershare and other social media criteria.

Suresh Kotha

Professor of Management
Olesen/Battelle Excellence Chair in Entrepreneurship
Research Director of the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship


PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1988)
MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1986)
MBA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1983)
MArch Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1982)
BArch University of Madras (1980)

Academic Expertise

competitive strategy
technology and innovation strategy

Current Research

Emergence of trust in new ventures, Knowledge-spillovers and entrepreneurship, Corporate entrepreneurship, CVC investments and its impact on corporations

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1996
Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2010-2011
Visiting Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, Fall, 2004
Visiting Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Sciences, University of Pretoria, SA, Summers 2001, 1999, & 1998
Visiting Professor, International University in Japan, GSIM, 1993
Assistant Professor, Stern School of Business, NYU, 1988-1996
Instructor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1987-1988

Selected Publications

  1. Time to Unicorn Status: An Exploratory Examination of New Ventures with Extreme Valuations
    Journal Article:Kotha, S., Shin, J., & Fisher, G., (2022). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 16, pp. 460-490.
  2. Community-based resource mobilization: How entrepreneurs acquire resources from distributed non-professionals via Crowdfunding
    Journal Article:Murray, A., Kotha, S., & Fisher, G., (2020). Organization Science, Vol. 31(4), pp. 960-989.
  3. Catching fire and spreading it: A glimpse into displayed entrepreneurial passion in crowdfunding campaigns
    Journal Article:Li, J., Chen X., Kotha S., & Fisher G., (2017). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 102(7), pp. 1075-1090.
  4. Changing with the Times: An Integrated View of Legitimacy, Institutional Logics, and New Venture Cycles
    Journal Article:Fisher, G., Kotha, S., & Lahiri, A., (2016). The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 41(3), pp. 383-409. Winner of 2022 Helena Yli-Renko Research Impact Award from the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California (an award presented in conjunction with the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division).
  5. Does Signaling Still Matter? Replication Study on Firm’s Signaling Efforts on Wealth Retention during the IPO Process
    Journal Article:Park, D., Borah, A. & Kotha S., (2016). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 37(11), pp. 2362-2377.
  6. Search And Integration In External Venturing: An Inductive Examination Of Corporate Venture Capital Units
    Journal Article:Basu, S., Phelps, C. C., & Kotha, S., (2016). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 37(11), pp. 2362-2377 (Lead Article).
  7. Corporate Venture Capital Portfolios and Firm Innovation
    Journal Article:Wadhwa, A., Phelps, C. C., & Kotha S., (2016). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 31, pp. 95-112.
  8. Signaling Revisited: The Use of Signals in the Market for IPOs
    Journal Article:Park, D., Borah, A., & Kotha, S., (2016). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 37(11), pp. 2362-2377.
  9. Learning from Startups: Corporate Venture Capital and Exploratory Knowledge Creation
    Journal Article:Wadhwa, A., Phelps, C. C. & Kotha, S., (forthcoming). Journal of Business Venturing,
  10. Managing a Global Partnership Model: Lessons from Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’ Program
    Journal Article:Kotha, S., & Srikanth, K., (2013). Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 3, pp. 41-66. Winner of the Global Journal 2021 Best Paper Prize.
  11. Technology entrepreneurship
    Journal Article:Beckman, C.M., Eisenhardt, K., Kotha, S., Meyer, A., & Rajagopalan. N., (2012). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 6(2), pp. 89–93.
  12. Towards Understanding Who Makes Corporate Venture Capital Investments and Why
    Journal Article:Basu, S., Phelps, C.C., & Kotha, S., (2011). Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 26(2), pp. 153-171.
  13. Spillover, Spill-ins, and Strategic Entrepreneurship: America’s First Commercial Jet Airplane and Boeing’s Ascendancy in Commercial Aviation
    Journal Article:Kotha, S., (2010). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 4(4), pp. 284–306.
  14. Passion and Preparedness in Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Presentations: A Persuasion Analysis of Venture Capitalists’ Funding Decisions
    Journal Article:Chen, X.P., Yao, X., & Kotha, S., (2009). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 52(1), pp. 199-214.
  15. Standing Out: How New Firms in Emerging Markets Build Media Reputation
    Journal Article:Rindova, V.P., Petkova, A.P., & Kotha, S., (2007). Strategic Organization, Vol. 5(1), pp. 31-70.
  16. Technological Sophistication versus Cultural Similarity: An Empirical Analysis of Country Factors Influencing Location Decision in The Internationalization of Internet Firms
    Journal Article:Rothaermel, F., Kotha, S., & Steensma, H.K., (2006). Journal of Management, Vol. 32, pp. 56-82.
  17. Knowledge Creation through External Venturing: Evidence from the Telecommunication Equipment Manufacturing Industry
    Journal Article:Wadhwa, A., & Kotha, S., (2006). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 49(4), pp. 819-835.

Honors and Awards

Teacher of the Year Award, Technology Management MBA program, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, 2011-2012 Academic Year
Teacher of the Quarter Award, Technology Management MBA program, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Winter, 2012
Teacher of the Year Award, Technology Management MBA program, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, 2009-2010
Dean's Best Faculty Case Award, 2006
Stevens Institute Best Paper award on Corporate Entrepreneurship, Babson Research Conference, 2005
Dean’s Citizenship Award, 2004
Evert McCabe Faculty Fellowship Award, 2003-2004
International Research Award, 2004
UW Business School Neal Dempsey Research Fellowship Award, 2001, 2002, 2003
UW Business School Lex N.Gamble Family Award for Excellence in the field of E-Commerce, 2001
Research funding from UW Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Herbert Jones Foundation, 2000, 2001
Research funding from UW CIBER Center, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Research funding from Columbia University’s Center for International Business Research, Columbia University Business School, 1995
NSF Grant Co-Recipient (NSF 94-27/July 15, 1994, Management of Technology Innovation)
National Science Foundation grant, 1994
Two Tenneco Fund Program Awards, Management Department, NYU, 991, 1994
Research funding from the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Best Paper Awards, Operations Management Division, Academy of Management Meeting, 1991, 1992
Fellowship Recipient, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, New York School of Architecture and School of Management, 1980-1982 & 1983-1988
University Rank Holder, placed second in the final year B. Arch examinations, University of Madras, India
A. L. Mudaliar Award for Design Excellence in the final year B. Arch examinations. University of Madras, India

Academic Service

Field Editor, Journal of Business Venturing
Member of the editorial review board of Strategic Management Journal
Past editorial review board member of the Academy of Management Journal
Past Associate editor of Journal of Operations Management