Distinguished Scholar

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Academy of Management's Division of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) has selected technology management professor Mary Tripsas for the 2022 TIM Distinguished Scholar Award. Formed in 1987, TIM aims to bring together scholars interested in innovation, research and development, and the management of technology-based organizations. The Division currently has around 3000 members, making it one of the larger Divisions within the Academy of Management.

Tripsas is a leading management scholar whose research and teaching focus on technological innovation and entrepreneurship. She studies how organizations can best adapt to new technologies that disrupt industries and ecosystems, with an emphasis on how the interplay of organizational capabilities, organizational identity, and managerial mental models shape strategic responses to technological shifts.  She has conducted in-depth examinations of the emergence and evolution of technologies in a wide range of industry contexts, including digital imaging, typesetter, eBooks, music synthesizers, and air taxis.

Her work has been published in top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategy Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. Tripsas's previous recognitions include multiple best paper awards, the Academy of Management's Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Award, the Emerald Publishing Citation for Excellence Award, and the MIT Sloan Zannetos best PhD thesis prize. She also has served as a senior editor for the journal, Organization Science, and as an editorial board member at the Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, Tripsas served on the faculties of the Wharton School, Harvard Business School, and Boston College. At BC, she was the founding director of the Edmund H. Shea, Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship and led the creation of a new undergraduate concentration in entrepreneurship. 

The Academy of Management is the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars. Worldwide members are professors and Ph.D. students in business schools at universities, academics in related social science and other fields, and practitioners who value knowledge creation and application. Founded in 1936, the global community today is nearly 18,000 strong and spans over 120 countries.

Tripsas will be honored during TIM's annual meeting in August 2022. 

Mary Tripsas, technology management professor

Mary Tripsas, technology management professor

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