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Natarajan Balasubramanian

Natarajan Balasubramanian

Professor of Management

Room: 522
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Ph D, UCLA Anderson School of Management (Management)

Natarajan Balasubramanian is Professor of Management at the Whitman School of Management. His research aims to enhance our understanding economic value creation by new and existing firms. To this end, he typically uses large-scale data to uncover generalizable facts about how competition, innovation and learning affect the entry and performance of firms. His research has been published in Management Science, Review of Economics & Statistics, and Strategic Management Journal. His research work also earned him the prestigious Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in 2012. He is currently a member of the editorial review board of the Strategic Management Journal and the editorial board of the Journal of Management, and reviews for many of the leading management journals. Prof. Balasubramanian teaches aspects of strategic management to undergraduate and graduate students. His teaching is built on the belief that the ability to solve unstructured problems and the ability to bring to bear quantitative analysis to decision making along with the ability to persuade a diverse audience about one's viewpoint will be increasingly critical assets for business professionals. Accordingly, he aims to foster critical discussion and thinking through his teaching, in addition to being an active learner himself. In his prior corporate life at Andersen and Infosys, he worked on business valuation, business process re-engineering, and public sector restructuring assignments.

Research Topics

  • Industry competition
  • Organizational learning
  • Innovation
  • Spinouts (employee entrepreneurship)
  • Firm growth
  • Productivity

Strategic Management, Firm Performance, Technological Change, Industry Evolution

Employee entrepreneurship, innovation, learning, productivity and industry competition

Working Papers
  • "How does worker mobility affect business adoption of new technologies? The case of machine learning", (with Chen, R., Forman, C.)
Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Whitman Research Fellow - Whitman School of Management (2021)
  • Edward Pettinella Associate Professorship of Business - Whitman School of Management (2018)
  • Guttag Faculty Fellow - Whitman School of Management (2016)
  • Distinguished Paper Award - BPS Division, Academy of Management (2016)
  • Whitman Research Fellow - Whitman School of Management (2014)
  • Guttag Junior Faculty Award - Whitman School of Management (2013)
  • Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow - Entrepreneurship Research (2012)
  • Finalist, Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition - Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management (2008)
  • Best Professor - Downtown MBA Program, Florida International University (2008)