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Warren Boeker
Office: 410
Phone: 206-543-8731
Fax: 206-685-9392

Curriculum vitae:

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

Digitalization, deregulation, information technology and globalization are dramatically reshaping the economic landscape and leading to a proliferation of new economic entities: virtual organizations, net-based commerce, global consortia, etc. These changes—much like the move from an agrarian to an industrial economy a century ago—will create incredible opportunities for wealth creation in the near future.

Warren Boeker

Professor of Management
Douglas E. Olesen Excellence Chair in Entrepreneurship


PhD University of California, Berkeley

Academic Expertise

technology and innovation strategy

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 1998
Visiting professor at London Business School (1996-98)
Associate Professor at Columbia University (1991-96)
Assistant Professor at Columbia University (1987-91)

Selected Publications

  1. When opportunity meets ability: The moderating effects of prolific inventors on novel drug innovation following product development failure in biotechnology
    Journal Article:Daniel Tzabbar, Amrita Lahiri, Donghwi Josh Seo, Warren Boeker, (2023). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 40(10),
  2. Corporate Directors as Heterogeneous Network Pipes: How Director Political Ideology Affects the Interorganizational Diffusion of Governance Practices
    Journal Article:Gupta, A., Wowak, A., and Boeker, W., (2022). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 43(8), pp. 1469-1498.
  3. Political ideology of the board and CEO dismissal following firm misconduct
    Journal Article:Boeker, W., Park, U.D., and Gomulya, D., (2020). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 41(1), pp. 108-123.
  4. The Spawning of Ecosystems: How Cohort Effects Benefit New Ventures
    Journal Article:Boeker, W., Howard, M., Andrus, J., (2019). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 62(4), pp. 1163-1193.
  5. The Role of Facial Appearance on CEO Selection after Firm Misconduct
    Journal Article:Boeker, W., Gomulya, D., Wong, E., & Ormiston, M., (2017). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 102(4), pp. 617-635.
  6. Reassessing board member affiliations: CEO replacement following financial misconduct
    Journal Article:David Gomulya, (2016). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 37(9), pp. 1898-1918.
  7. Understanding Network Formation in Strategy Research: Exponential Random Graph Models
    Journal Article:Kim, J. Y., Howard, M., Pahnke, E. C., & Boeker, W., (2015). Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 37(1), pp. 22-44.
  8. How Firms Respond to Financial Restatement: CEO Successors and External Reactions
    Journal Article:Gomulya, D and Boeker, W, (2014). Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 57, pp. 1759-1785.


Novartis and Merck, strategy development
General Electric, managing innovation
Microsoft, implementation of strategy

Honors and Awards

Dean's Entrepreneurship Research Award
Global EMBA Excellence in Teaching Award
Core Teaching Team of the Year for Spring

Academic Service

Past editorial board member of Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Organization Science, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
Past chair of the Academy of Management's Organization and Management Theory Division

Courses Taught

Strategic Management of Technological Innovation:
The purpose of this course is to better understand the dynamics of industries driven by technological innovation and to provide a series of frameworks for managing technology-intensive businesses. We will discuss how to improve the new product development process to maximize success and how firms make the choice between protecting their technologies with patents or copyrights, versus rapidly disseminating them to build an installed base and complementary goods. We also describe effective collaboration approaches, such as joint venture, strategic alliance, acquisition, and outsourcing.
Management Consulting:
This course is designed to introduce you to the field of management consulting from the prospective of both the individual consultant and the consulting firm. The goal of the course is to provide you with a practical understanding of the practices and processes used by management consultants. We will specifically focus on what consultants do, who they work for and how they create value. The course also develops your critical thinking skills by understanding appropriate frameworks to assess, diagnose, suggest and implement solutions to the key challenges businesses face. We will also bring in a number of guest speakers from the industry to ground our discussion around the practice of consulting.