Area: Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
I study new venture alliances and entrepreneurship. My dissertation examines the impact of founders’ prior affiliation in shaping the inter-organization network ties established by these new ventures.
University of Maryland, College Park
PhD, Strategy, Expected May 2014
National Institute of Technology Karnataka
Bachelor of Engineering, Metallurgy and Material Science, June 2003
The Strategic Network of Entrepreneurial Firm: Impact of Heterogeneity in Founder Background
My dissertation examines how heterogeneity in founders’ background influence the formation of strategic inter-organizational networks ties of new firms founded by these entrepreneurs. In the first essay, I examine how the knowledge inherited by employee entrepreneurs shape the strategic networks of these new firms or spinouts. I find that the inheritance of both technical and market knowledge increases the proclivity of the firms to establish ties with firms outside the parent network. On the other hand, spinouts inheriting either technical or market knowledge tend to seek partners within the parent network. The second essay extends this study to examine the impact of academic entrepreneurs in shaping strategic networks. In the last essay, I compare the network structure of firms founded by employee entrepreneurs to those founded by academic entrepreneurs. I use a unique panel data of pharmaceutical and medical device firms from 1986 to 2012 for these studies. These results contribute to the theory and have strong practical implications for questions related to the role of founders in shaping the inter-organizational ties of their firms.
Dissertation Chair: Rajshree Agarwal
Primary Research Interest
- Inter organizational ties
- Prior Founder affiliation
- Employee entrepreneurship
Primary Teaching Interest
Shweta Gaonkar. Parent Ego Or Alter? Impact Of Knowledge Distance On Spinout Alliance In Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Industry. (Job Market Paper).
Rajshree Agarwal, Martin Ganco, Shweta Gaonkar. Shedding Leg Irons: The Impact of Mobility Constraints on High Skilled Immigrant Wages over The Career Life Cycle.
Shweta Gaonkar, Martin Ganco. Small Firms as Sources of Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Effect of Immigration Status.
Work In Progress
Shweta Gaonkar. Heterogeneity In Entrepreneurial Background: Firm Network And Performance of Firms Founded by Academic and Employee Entrepreneurs.
Honors and Awards
2013 Ewing Marion Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship
2013 All S.T.A.R Fellowship, FY 2013-14
2013 GRID (Graduate Research Interaction Day) Award, First Place
2011 Dingman Entrepreneurship Award for Research in Progress, Third Place
2007 Excellence award for coding at Infosys Technologies limited
2007 Team excellence award at Infosys Technologies limited
University of Illinois, Research Assistant, 2008-2010
Infosys Technologies Ltd, Software Engineer, 2005-2008
Indian Institute of Science, Research Assistant, 2003-2005