Erin Fahrenkopf

David A. Tepper School of Business

Carnegie Mellon University

240-B Posner

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

emckinne at andrew dot cmu dot edu


I am a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change program at Carnegie Mellon University. My primary areas of interest are innovation, strategy, and organizational theory. I am particularly interested in knowledge transfer, hiring strategies, and how individuals play a role in firm and industry dynamics.

My dissertation investigates how the prior experiences of technical employees shape a firm’s ability to learn from other organizations in its environment and innovate. The work is divided into three focused areas:

  1. The role of firm strategy in shaping how much those hired draw on their prior experiences
  2. The role of intra-industry mobility in a firm’s development of capabilities and subsequent influence on the patterns of entry into the industry as a whole
  3. Examination of how the prior experience of innovative teams affect a firm’s performance in markets newly entered