Melissa A. Schilling

Melissa A. Schilling

Joined Stern 2001

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street, 716
New York, NY 10012


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Melissa A. Schilling is the Herzog Family Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business. She serves as Deputy Department Chair of the Management & Organizations Department, and Director of the Innovation Initiative at the NYU Stern Fubon Center for Technology, Business and Innovation. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in strategic management from the University of Washington. Professor Schilling’s research focuses on innovation and strategy in high technology industries such as smartphones, video games, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electric vehicles, and renewable energies. She is particularly interested in platform dynamics, networks, creativity, and breakthrough innovation. Her textbook, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (now in its seventh edition), is the number one innovation strategy text in the world. She is also coauthor of Strategic Management: An integrated approach (now in its fourteenth edition).

Her research in innovation and strategy has earned her awards such as the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, the Best Paper in Management Science and Organization Science for 2007 Award, the 2022 Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigour and Relevance in the Study of Management, and the 2018 Leadership in Technology Management award at PICMET. Her research has also appeared in leading academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and Research Policy. She also sits on the editorial review boards of numerous journals and is a senior editor at Strategy Science. Professor Schilling teaches courses in technology and innovation management, strategic management, corporate strategy, and strategy for social-mission-based organizations.

Teaching Resources

Innovation Strategy

Innovation, sources of individual creativity:

Platform Ecosystems:

Network Externalities:

Choosing New Projects:

Collaboration types:

Collaboration partners and governance:

Deployment Strategies:

Strategic Management

Ratios Made Easy:

Vertical Integration:

Agency Problems:

Value chains and VRIO Analysis:

Network Externalities:

Platform Ecosystems:

Leveraging Technology into New Markets:

Collaboration types:

Collaboration partners and governance:

Research Interests

  • Technological change and innovation
  • Alliances and collaboration strategies
  • Cognition, creativity and learning
  • Pharmaceutical and biotech innovation
  • Technology standards and modularity
  • Breakthrough innovators

Courses Taught

  • Breakthrough Strategic Thinking
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategy I & II
  • Strategy with a Social Purpose
  • Tech Evolution & Economics
  • Tech Immersion
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Technology Innovation Strategy

Academic Background

Ph.D., Strategic Management, 1997
University of Washington

B.S., Business Administration, 1990
University of Colorado

Awards & Appointments

Leadership in Technology Management prize Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology 2018
Finalist for Best Paper Prize Strategic Management Society Conference 2017
Best Paper Management Science 2012
Best Paper Organization Science 2012
National Science Foundation CAREER Grant 2008
Kauffman Foundation Grant 2006
Broderick prize for excellence in research Boston University 2000
Nominated for Best Paper Prize Academy of Management Conference 2000
Nominated for Best Paper Prize Strategic Management Society Conference 1999
Research Grant, Systems Research Center Boston University 1999
Outstanding Teaching Award, Doctoral Business Program University of Washington 1996
Evert McCabe Endowed Fellowship Doctoral Business Program, University of Washington 1996
Robert & Bonnie Slettedahl Endowed Fellowship Doctoral Business Program, University of Washington 1996
Research Grant Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Washington 1995
Research Assistantship Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Washington 1994

Selected Publications

Lanzolla, G, Lorenz, A, Miron-Spektor, E, Schilling, M, Solinas, G & Tucci, CL (2021)
Digital transformation: What is new if anything: Emerging patterns and management research
Academy of Management Discoveries, 6(3):341-350.

Kretschmer, T, Leiponen, A, Schilling, M & Vasudeva, G (2021)
Platform ecosystems as metaorganizations: Implications for platform strategies
Strategic Management Journal.

Rietveld, J & Schilling, MA (2021)
Platform competition: A systematic and interdisciplinary review of the literature
Journal of Management, 47:1528-1563

Kneeland, MK, Schillling, MA & Aharonson, B. (2020)
Exploring Uncharted Territory: Knowledge Search Processes in the Origination of Outlier Innovations
Organization Science, 31: 535-557

Rietveld, J, Schilling, MA, & Bellavitis, C. (2019)
Platform strategy: Managing ecosystem value through selective promotion of complements
Organization Science, 30: 1232–1251

Schilling, MA (2018)
The cognitive foundations of visionary strategy
Strategy Science, 3:335-342.

Schilling, MA (2018)
Potential sources of value in mergers and their indicators
Antitrust Bulletin, 63(2): 183-197

Van de Ven, A, Adner, R, Barley, S, Dougherty, D, Fountain, J., Hargadon, A, Kamlet, M, Karlin, B, & (2017)
Increasing benefits and reducing costs to society of technological innovation
Behavioral Science and Policy Journal, 3(1):94-103.

Schilling, M.A (2016)
Unraveling Alzheimer’s: Making Sense of the Relationship between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 51:961-977.

Aharonson, B. & Schilling, M.A. (2016)
Mapping the technological landscape: Measuring technology distance, technological footprints, and technology evolution
Research Policy, 45: 81-96.