About the Author

Frank T. Rothaermel (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Strategy & Innovation, holds the Russell and Nancy McDonough Chair of Business in the Scheller College at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), and is an Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. He received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, which "is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of … those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education." (NSF CAREER Award description).

Frank’s research interests lie in the areas of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship; he has published over 30 articles in leading academic journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and elsewhere. Based on having published papers in the top 1% based on citations, Thomson Reuters identified Frank as one of the “world’s most influential scientific minds.” He is listed among the top-100 scholars based on impact over more than a decade in both economics and business. Businessweek named Frank one of Georgia Tech’s Prominent Faculty in their national survey of business schools.

Frank has received several recognitions for his research, including the Sloan Industry Studies Best Paper Award, the Academy of Management Newman Award, the Strategic Management Society Conference Best Paper Prize, the DRUID Conference Best Paper Award, the Israel Strategy Conference Best Paper Prize, and is the inaugural recipient of the Byars Faculty Excellence Award.  Frank currently serves (or served) on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science,  Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Organization.

Frank regularly translates his research findings for wider audiences in articles in the MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.  Frank is also the author of a leading textbook—Strategic Management (1e 2012; 2e 2014; 3e 2016; 4e 2018; translations: Mandarin, Korean, and Greek)—and numerous best-selling cases studies published by McGraw-Hill and Harvard Business Publishing. When launched, Frank’s new textbook won the McGraw-Hill 1st ed Award of Year in Business and Economics.

To inform his research he has conducted extensive field work and executive training with leading corporations such as Amgen, Daimler, Eli Lilly, Equifax, GE Energy, GE Healthcare, Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea), Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft, McKesson, NCR, Turner (TBS), UPS, among others.

Frank has a wide range of executive education experience, including teaching in programs at GE Management Development Institute (Crotonville, NY), Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, ICN Business School (France), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), St. Gallen University (Switzerland), and the University of Washington. He received numerous teaching awards for excellence in the classroom including the GT-wide Georgia Power Professor of Excellence award. Frank held visiting professorships at the EBS University of Business and Law (Germany), Singapore Management University (Tommie Goh Professorship), and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). Frank is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

Frank holds a Ph.D. degree in strategic management from the University of Washington; an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and is Diplom-Volkswirt (M.Sc. equivalent) in economics from University of Duisburg, Germany. Frank completed training in the case teaching method at the Harvard Business School.

Research and Scholarly Impact

In my academic research, I currently focus on two areas:

1. The Development of Firm Capabilities, and
2. Technology / Engineering / University Entrepreneurship

My journal articles have been cited over 13,000 times in Google Scholar.

The Development of Firm Capabilities is my main interest. Currently, I am investigating the role of human capital in firm-level capability development. I’m especially interested in the differences in human capital and how to leverage them for firm-level capability development and competitive advantage through intra- and inter-firm knowledge networks. I also continue to be active in the Technology, Engineering, and University Entrepreneurship research stream.

Complete listing of research papers and PDF downloads

Research Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Fellow
  • Top 1% highly cited researcher in Economics & Business, 2015 and 2016 based on Web of Science citation analysis conducted by Thomson Reuters.
  • Top 1% highly cited researcher of the decade in Economics & Business, 2002-2012, based on Web of Science citation analysis conducted by Thomson Reuters.
  • Georgia Power Professor of Excellence, 2012 (university-wide scholarly award for research & teaching)
  • Sloan Industry Studies Best Paper Award
  • Academy of Management William H. Newman Award
  • Strategic Management Society Conference Best Paper Prize
  • DRUID Society Conference Best Paper Award
  • Israel Strategy Conference Best Paper Prize
  • Georgia Tech Byers Award for Faculty Excellence in Research


Teaching Awards

  • Georgia Power Professor of Excellence, 2012 (university-wide scholarly award for research & teaching)
  • MBA Outstanding Core Professor, College of Management, Georgia Tech, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • MBA Outstanding Professor
    • Global Executive MBA Program, College of Management, Georgia Tech, 2006, 2007
    • Executive MBA in Management of Technology Program, College of Management, Georgia Tech, 2007, 2012
  • Outstanding 2nd year MBA Professor, Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University, 2003
  • University of Washington Technology Management MBA Program, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2002
  • University of Washington Excellence in Teaching Award, 1998 (Presidential university-wide award)
  • University of Washington Business School Teaching Award, 1998

Practitioner Publications & Research Translations

How To Manage Alliances Strategically
MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2016: 69-76.

Combining Innovation Strategies
MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2010: 12-15.

Finding an Innovation Strategy that Works
Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2009.

Teaching Experience

  • PhD Seminar, Strategic Management
  • PhD Seminar, Exemplary Research in Organizational Sciences
  • Science PhD, JD, MBA students, TI:GER Program, Georgia Tech and Emory University Law School, Modules:
    • Competing in the Life Sciences and New Product Development
    • Competitive Advantage in Technology-intensive Industries
  • Executive MBA, Competitive Analysis
  • Executive MBA, International Management
  • Executive MBA, Managerial Economics
  • Executive MBA, Strategic Management
  • Evening MBA, Strategic Management
  • Graduate (non-business), Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • MBA, Strategic Management
  • MBA Elective, Current Thinking in Strategy
  • MBA Elective, Competing in the Health Sciences
  • Technology Management MBA, Economics of Strategy and Innovation
  • Undergraduate, Business, Government, and Society
  • Undergraduate, Microeconomics
  • Undergraduate, Strategic Management

Executive Training Clients

GE Energy
GE Healthcare
Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
Thomson Reuters
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS)


“Frank Rothaermel is a tremendous thought leader and skillful presenter on the topic of Innovation Strategy. Frank’s style is engaging and interactive, and the blend of content and supportive videos are fresh, current and relevant. For organizations seeking to further the competitive edge through innovation, this is a must-attend program”
Mark Malis, Vice President – Talent Management, McKesson Technology Solutions

“Having been in medical industry for nearly 20 years, I was invigorated that Dr. Rothaermel’s teaching was able to offer a fresh, thought provoking and impressively current perspective on today’s dynamic health care environment.”
Michael Poteran, Regional Manager, GE Healthcare

“Frank Rothaermel’s innovation strategy model has been an integral part of GE Healthcare’s Technology Leadership Development programs. His approach provides the context upon which technology leaders can drive innovation into their everyday workplace activities.”
John Buckley, Manager, Technology Leadership Programs, GE Healthcare

“Dr. Rothaermel really brings innovation strategy to life with an ideal mix of theory and real-world examples. His teaching style makes highly complex topics accessible by putting them in contexts that today’s executives can relate to. I have used what I learned in his class repeatedly to drive innovation and growth strategies within my organization.”
Alex Heublein, Director, Strategy and Solutions, Red Hat Consulting

“Frank Rothaermel is an exceptional teacher and classroom facilitator. He has a tremendous ability to present material in a way that makes it relevant to everyone in the classroom. Further, Prof. Rothaermel has an incredible ability to engage the class, drawing out relevant first-hand experiences to allow people to immediately apply the ideas and tools presented to their own situations.”
Herb Edgecomb, P.M.P, Global Quality & Compliance Officer, IBM