anne marie knott

I began professional life in defense electronics at Hughes Aircraft, but became an academic when it seemed government policies and firm responses were undermining advance of the knowledge frontier.

Thus my primary research interest is innovation. It takes two forms: large scale R&D and entrepreneurship. The R&D component culminates in work on firms' research quotient (RQ). Because I hope diffusion of the RQ measure can do for R&D what hospital report cards are doing for morbidity, and what Sabremetrics is doing for baseball, I created the venture amkANALYTICS. I also help firms improve their RQ through my consulting practice at Berkeley Research Group.

The entrepreneurship work is serendipitous. It began by exploiting franchising to understand fundamental questions in strategy. That led to the job in Wharton's entrepreneurship group, a textbook, and a series of papers on market churn.

A guest lecture in my entrepreneurship class led to a third interest: induced discrimination. Penn filed a patent for my initial solution, but I formed the venture Equity Benefits around the subsequent patent.

As fun as all that is, the greatest reward comes from my progeny, both academic and genetic.

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