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AOM Symposium: Scientists in the Corporate Research Environment

  • 1.  AOM Symposium: Scientists in the Corporate Research Environment

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    AOM Symposium on "
    Scientists in the Corporate Research Environment" (session 112)

    We cordially invite you to join us for a paper symposium focusing on a diverse set of issues related to scientists operating in the private sector. The symposium will take place in-person on August 5th 2022 from 10:30AM to 12:00PM (Seattle / Pacific Daylight Time). 

    The symposium features four papers that examine understudied theoretical questions and phenomena related to the role of scientists in driving innovation in the private sector. The four papers use diverse theoretical frameworks, methodologies, levels of analysis, and empirical contexts to address an interesting set of questions. In particular, they investigate the influence of corporate board directors with a scientific background on firm innovation, the role of open science policies on scientist hiring in firms, and the impact of national intellectual property rights institutions on the direction of scientists' research and their mobility at the international level. Together, they yield insights on how technology firms may leverage the particularities of their research environment to attract high quality scientific human capital and improve their innovative performance, thereby contributing to the establishment of their competitive advantage. 


    Independent Board and Firm Innovation: Does Director Background Matter?
    Waverly W. Ding, University of Maryland
    Fenmian Wang, University of International Business and Economics
    Hong Zhang, Wuhan University
    Shi Chen, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

    The Big Reveal: Human Capital Shortage and Firm-level Publications Strategy in Artificial Intelligence Research
    Nur Ahmed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    How TRIPS Implementation Influenced the Exportation of Science from Low- and Middle-Income Countries
    Michael Blomfield, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Anita M. McGahan, University of Toronto
    Keyvan Vakili, London Business School

    Intellectual Property Rights Institutions and Cross-Border Scientist Mobility: Evidence from Pharmaco-Genetics
    Martin Hetu, University of Toronto
    Denisa Mindruta, HEC Paris
    Will Mitchell, University of Toronto


    Matt Marx, Cornell University

    Please feel free to reach out to Nur Ahmed ( or Martin Hetu ( if you have any questions.

    Martin Hetu
    Post Doctorate Fellow
    Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    Toronto ON