“Business has to have one foot in the real world and another in the world of ideas,” explains Rory McDonald, Ph.D. It’s what inspires and drives his work within new markets, at the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and technology management.

Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, he focuses his research and teaching on how firms innovate effectively in new technology-enabled markets. Drawing on in-depth fieldwork and archival data, Professor McDonald studies how executives develop viable strategies, navigate disruptive threats and opportunities, and acquire resources that improve their chances for success.

His research has won major awards and is consistently featured in top academic outlets, including the Strategic Management Journal. He received a 2014 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, and was a finalist for best dissertation in Business Policy and Strategy by the Academy of Management.

Before joining Harvard Business School, Professor McDonald was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin where he received the CBA Foundation Teaching award. He has also taught courses for executives, business students and engineers at Harvard University and Stanford University. Though Professor McDonald’s passion is in teaching, he is a member of the board of YCG Funds, an Austin-based mutual fund company, and an advisor to several business ventures.

Professor McDonald received his Ph.D. in management science and engineering from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. He also holds an MBA and an MA in economic sociology from Stanford University, as well as two engineering degrees from the University of South Florida.

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