Santa Clara University

Michael J. Fern

Assistant Professor of Management



Michael J. Fern (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill) is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Santa Clara University. His research focuses on the development, use, and transfer of knowledge in the contexts of innovation and entrepreneurship. Specifically, his research explores: (1) how organizations transfer knowledge across divisions to support their innovation efforts; (2) the mechanisms through which universities transfer social science knowledge to organizations; (3) how entrepreneurs rely on knowledge in their decision-making during new venture formation; and (4) how new product development teams exploit knowledge during product development activities

Dr. Fern has an article published in the Academy of Management Journal and a revise and resubmit at Organization Science. In addition, he has published two articles in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Complementing his published work, he has presented his research at academic conferences, including the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation, the Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, and the Wharton Technology Miniconference.

Dr. Fern’s research has received several awards, including the Michael H. Mescon/Coles College of Business Best Empirical Paper Award (Academy of Management), a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, a Booz Allen Hamilton/SMS PhD Fellowship (Strategic Management Society), and a Wilhemina M. and Richard W. Herbin Scholarship. He serves as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Dr. Fern was a recipient of a $199,000 (plus $199,00 in matching funds) Knowledge Impact in Society grant from SSHRC for his work on the Utilium Project. The central goal of the Utilium Project is to investigate knowledge transfer between universities, industry, and students and to develop tools that facilitate this process.

Dr. Fern received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon (1998). Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at Arthur Andersen as an information technology consultant. As a consultant, he assessed information technology risk and developed business continuity plans for clients operating in the high technology, energy, and financial services sectors. Before joining the faculty of SCU, Dr. Fern was an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.



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