Natarajan Balasubramanian

Associate Professor of Management

(315) 443-3571
Room: 522

PhD, Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles

PhD, Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Topics

  • Industry competition
  • Organizational learning
  • Innovation
  • Spinouts
  • Firm growth
  • Productivity

Strategic Management

Some companies have created enormous value for their consumers as well as for their employees, shareholders and governments over long periods of time. Many others have not been as successful, and one or more of their stakeholders have suffered. Prof. Balasubramanian's research agenda is to understand what drives this tremendous variation in value creation among businesses. To this end, he studies firm growth and produtivity growth and focuses on three key phenomena: innovation, learning, and entrepreneurship, all of which directly involve value creation.

Selected Publications
  • "Measuring Value Creation and Appropriation in Firms: Application of the VCA Model", Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming, (Garcia, R., Balasubramanian N. and Lieberman M.)
  • "New Plant Venture Performance Differences Among Incumbent, Diversifying, and Entrepreneurial Firms: The Impact of Industry Learning Intensity", Management Science, 57(3): 549-565, 2011, (Balasubramanian N.)
  • "Learning-by-Doing and Market Structure", Journal of Industrial Economics, forthcoming
  • "What Happens When Firms Patent? New Evidence from U.S. Economic Census Data", Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming
  • "Industry Learning Environments and the Heterogeneity of Firm Performance", Strategic Management Journal, 31(4): 390-412, 2010, (Balasubramanian N and Lieberman, M.)
  • "Capital Resalability, Productivity Dispersion and Market Structure", Review of Economics and Statistics, 91 (3): 547-557, 2009, (Balasubramanian N and Sivadasan, J.)


  • Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholar, 2012
  • Whitman Research Fellow, Whitman School of Management, 2014-2015
  • Guttag Junior Faculty Award, Whitman School of Management, 2012
  • Finalist, Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition, BPS Division, Academy of Management, 2008
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Management (2014-)
  • Member, Research Committee, BPS Division, Academy of Management (2015-)
  • Ad hoc reviewer: National Science Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, European Financial Management