Pahnke named “Emerging Scholar” by Academy of Management


Emily Cox Pahnke

Emily Cox Pahnke, an associate professor of management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, has received the 2017 Past Chair’s Emerging Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

The annual award acknowledges one up-and-coming scholar who has achieved a superlative publication record early in her academic career, and whose scholarly contributions show great promise to become influential or path-breaking in the fields of technology and innovation.

Pahnke’s research—at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and finance—focuses on understanding the resources that make ventures successful.

She explores the effects of entrepreneurs’ ability to identify and acquire resources on venture funding, innovation and IPOs. This involves close examination of the boundary conditions under which resources typically considered beneficial to ventures—venture capital, well-connected partners, star employees—can be less helpful, or even harmful.

Entrepreneurial energy

Pahnke joined the Foster School in 2010 after earning BS and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University, and an MA in sociology and a PhD in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

Her research as a doctoral student was recognized with a Kauffman dissertation fellowship and a National Science Foundation dissertation fellowship. Additionally, that research received the Industry Study Association’s Best Dissertation Award and was a finalist for the Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the AoM

At Foster, this sterling research record has continued, earning Pahnke the Charlene M. and Arthur W. Buerk Endowed Faculty Fellowship. Her studies have been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly and the Strategic Management Journal. While at Foster she has received research funding from the National Science Foundation and the Schulze Entrepreneurship Professorship, which she holds for the next three years.

Pahnke has been an equally potent force in the classroom at Foster, where she has taught Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs to Foster undergraduate students, Entrepreneurial Strategy to MBAs, and Innovation and Organizations to doctoral students.

Known for bringing the real world into the classroom with challenging case studies and connected industry speakers, she is one of a dozen Foster School faculty members who have received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.

The Emerging Scholar award, selected by a committee of past Technology and Innovation Management Division chairs, was announced at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in August.

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