Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship
Mahka is a doctoral candidate of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her research seeks to understand how firm’s response to technological changes is enabled by their reconfiguration strategies and capability endowments within the context of nascent industries. In particular, she focuses on the incubation and evolution of agricultural biotechnology industry. Her dissertation has been recognized with a
Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and a Strategy Research Foundation Dissertation Scholarship. Outside her dissertation, she has a forthcoming paper at the
Organization Science journal examining firm’s vertical integration decisions in the context of knowledge-based service industries.
Dissertation titleReconfiguration Strategies for Entrepreneurial Entry and Creation of New Industries: Three Essays
Mahka's dissertation focuses on the incubation stage − the period between introduction of a technological discovery and the first instance of its commercialization − of industry evolution, and the investments in capability development by heterogeneous firms. Within the context of the agricultural biotechnology industry, she addresses the following questions in three connected essays: What is the extent of firm’s technological investment in the incubation period of the industry? How does heterogeneity in firm type, and the underlying capabilities, influence the mode of value capture within the nascent industry? What is the role of a firm’s reconfiguration strategies during incubation stage?
Dissertation Chair: Rajshree Agarwal
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Selected Publications, Conference Presentations, and Work- in-Progress