Natarajan Balasubramanian

Professor of Management
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Natarajan Balasubramanian is Professor of Management at the Whitman School of Management. His research aims to enhance our understanding economic value creation by new and existing firms. To this end, he typically uses large-scale data to uncover generalizable facts about how competition, innovation and learning affect the entry and performance of firms. His research has been published in Management Science, Review of Economics & Statistics, and Strategic Management Journal. His research work also earned him the prestigious Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in 2012. He is currently a member of the editorial review board of the Strategic Management Journal and the editorial board of the Journal of Management, and reviews for many of the leading management journals. Prof. Balasubramanian teaches aspects of strategic management to undergraduate and graduate students. His teaching is built on the belief that the ability to solve unstructured problems and the ability to bring to bear quantitative analysis to decision making along with the ability to persuade a diverse audience about one's viewpoint will be increasingly critical assets for business professionals. Accordingly, he aims to foster critical discussion and thinking through his teaching, in addition to being an active learner himself. In his prior corporate life at Andersen and Infosys, he worked on business valuation, business process re-engineering, and public sector restructuring assignments.
Ph.D., Management, University of California, Los Angeles
Strategic Management, Firm Performance, Technological Change, Industry Evolution
Employee entrepreneurship, innovation, learning, productivity and industry competition


  • Incidence and performance of spinouts and incumbent new establishments: Role of selection and redeployability within parent firms

    2023 Strategic Management Journal,44,10,2460-2488, Sakakibara, M.

  • Human capital, parent size and the destination industry of spinouts.

    2020 Strategic Management Journal,41,5,815-840, Sakakibara, M.

  • Locked In? Noncompete Enforceability and the Mobility of High Tech Workers

    2020 Journal of Human Resources,57,S349-S396, Chang, J., Sakakibara, M., Sivadasan, J., Starr, E.

  • Substituting Human Decision-Making with Machine Learning: Implications for Organizational Learning

    2020 Academy of Management Review,47,448–465, Ye, Y., Xu, M.

  • Toward a Dynamic Notion of Value Creation and Appropriation in Firms: The Concept and Measurement of Economic Gain

    2018 Strategic Management Journal,39,6,1546-72, Lieberman, M., Garcia, R.

  • Screening Spinouts? How Noncompete Enforceability Affects the Creation, Growth, and Survival of New Firms

    2018 Management Science,64,2,552-572, Starr, E., Sakakibara, M.

  • Enforcing Covenants Not to Compete: The Life-Cycle Impact on New Firms

    2018 Management Science,64,2,552-572, Starr, E., Sakakibara, M.

  • Deadlines, Work Flows, Task Sorting, and Work Quality

    2018 Management Science,64,4, 1804-1824 , Lee, J., Sivadasan, J.

  • Value Creation and Appropriation in Firms: Conceptual Review and a Method for Measurement.

    2018 Strategic Management Journal,39,1546-1572, Lieberman, M., Garcia, R.

  • Familial transient financial difficulties during infancy and long-term developmental concerns

    2017 Psychological Medicine, Ramanathan, S., Faraone, S.

  • Measuring Value Creation and Appropriation in Firms: Application of the VCA Model.

    2017 Strategic Management Journal,38,6,1193-1211, Garcia, R., Lieberman, M.

  • Macroeconomic environment during infancy as a possible risk factor for adolescent behavioral problems

    2013 JAMA Psychiatry,70,2,218-225, Ramanathan, S., Krishnadas, R.

  • New plant venture performance differences among incumbent, diversifying, and entrepreneurial firms: The impact of industry learning intensity

    2011 Management Science,57,3,549-565,

  • Learning-by-doing and market structure

    2011 Journal of Industrial Economics,59,2,177-198, Lieberman, M.

  • What happens when firms patent? New evidence from U.S. Economic census data

    2011 Review of Economics and Statistics,93,1,126-146, Sivadasan, J.

  • Industry learning environment and the heterogeneity of firm performance

    2010 Strategic Management Journal,

  • Capital resalability, productivity dispersion, and market structure

    2009 Review of Economics and Statistics,91,3,547-557, Sivadasan, J.

  • Firm age and innovation

    2008 Industrial and Corporate Change,17,5,1019-1047, Lee, J.

  • How Do Frictions That Impede Transfer of Business Ownership Affect Business Entry and Exit? Evidence from Product Line Exception Adoptions

    Strategic Management Journal, Sivadasan, J., Xu, W.

  • How does worker mobility affect business adoption of new technologies? The case of machine learning

    Strategic Management Journal, Chen, R., Forman, C.

  • Cue-Ball Effect: Propagating the Impact of a Change in Competitive Advantage to Distant Competitors

    Strategic Management Journal, Makadok, R., Chiu, W.

  • Jan 01, 2021

    Whitman Research Fellow

    Whitman School of Management
  • May 01, 2018

    Edward Pettinella Associate Professorship of Business

    Whitman School of Management
  • Sep 01, 2016

    Guttag Faculty Fellow

    Whitman School of Management
  • Aug 01, 2016

    Distinguished Paper Award

    BPS Division, Academy of Management
  • Jan 01, 2014

    Whitman Research Fellow

    Whitman School of Management
  • Jan 01, 2013

    Guttag Junior Faculty Award

    Whitman School of Management
  • Jan 01, 2012

    Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow

    Entrepreneurship Research
  • Apr 01, 2008

    Best Professor

    Downtown MBA Program, Florida International University
  • Jan 01, 2008

    Received - Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition

    BPS, Academy of Management
  • Jan 01, 2008

    Finalist, Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition

    Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management
  • Jan 01, 2007

    Received - California Census Research Data Center Dissertation Fellowship

  • Jan 01, 2006

    Received - UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship

  • Jan 01, 2006

    Received - Gladys Byram Fellowship

  • January 01, 2023
  • Cable company’s future in New York is uncertain after ruling, experts say

    August 30, 2018 Daily Orange
  • Why signing a noncompete agreement is bad for you and the economy

    December 22, 2017 Audio Boom