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Riitta Katila is Professor of Management Science & Engineering and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar at Stanford University. She is an expert on innovation, competition, and growth strategies of firms. Her research is in the intersection of technology strategy and organizational learning.

Katila's recent work on competition and innovation has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy. Her most recent work, supported by the National Science Foundation, examines how firms create new products successfully. Focusing on the robotics industry, she investigates how different search approaches, such as the exploitation of existing knowledge and the exploration for new knowledge, influence the kinds of new products that technology-intensive firms introduce. She served on the editorial review boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Organization, and the Strategic Management Journal. Katila studied engineering economics and information systems as an undergraduate, earned a Ph.D. in technology strategy at UT Austin on a Fulbright Scholarship, and received a Doctorate in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in Finland. She has also worked in organizational consulting and telecommunications sectors.



  • Strategic Management Society Schendel Prize
  • Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow
  • Alumnus of the Year, Aalto University, School of Science
  • Top Strategy Scholar of the Year by the Strategic Management Society
  • Stephan M. Schrader Award for Outstanding Research in Technology and Innovation Management
  • Thought Leader Award in Entrepreneurship
  • Best Symposium Award by the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management.
  • Best Dissertation Award from The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
  • President of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.



  • MS&E 175 Innovation Creativity and Change
  • MS&E 270 Strategy in Technology-Based Companies
  • MS&E 371 Doctoral course on Innovation and Strategic Change
  • MS&E 108 Senior Project