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Martin Ganco

Martin Ganco
Professor | Management and Human Resources
Academic Director | Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Academic Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship
Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development
4257 Grainger Hall


Martin Ganco is the Robert Pricer Chair in Enterprise Development and Professor in the Management and Human Resources department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the Academic Director of the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship and a principal in the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE Cluster Initiative). Martin’s research interests include strategic human capital, entrepreneurship, innovation, platforms, and complexity theory. Martin’s research focuses on how organizational and knowledge contexts shape entrepreneurship and innovation while emphasizing the role of human capital. Martin examines these questions in a number of settings including workers in high-technology firms, service industries and by studying career histories of scientists and engineers. He earned his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Illinois. He currently serves as a Senior Editor of Organization Science and previously served as an Associate Editor of Strategic Management Journal.


Selected Accepted Journal Articles


Selected Published Journal Articles

Agarwal, S. & Miller, C. & Ganco, M. (2023). Growing Platforms within Platforms: How Platforms Manage the Adoption of Complementor Products in the Presence of Network Effects? Strategic Management Journal

Bapna, S. & Ganco, M. (2023). Equity Crowdfunding and Access to Capital for User Entrepreneurs: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment MIS Quarterly

Honoré, F. & Ganco, M. (2023). Entrepreneurial Teams’ Acquisition of Talent: Evidence from Technology Manufacturing Industries Using a Two-Sided Approach Strategic Management Journal

Agarwal, R. & Ganco, M. & Raffiee, J. (2022). Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The Effect of Early Career Immigration Constraints on New Venture Formation Organization Science

Bapna, S. & Ganco, M. (2021). Gender Gaps in Equity Crowdfunding: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment Management Science

Ganco, M. & Miller, C. & Toh, P. (2020). From Litigation to Innovation: A Firm’s Ability to Litigate and Its Expansion into New Domains Strategic Management Journal

Ganco, M. & Kapoor, R. & Lee, G. (2020). From Rugged Landscapes to Rugged Ecosystems: Structure of Interdependencies and Firms’ Innovative Search Academy of Management Review

Coff, R. & El-Zayaty, A. & Ganco, M. & Mawdsley, J. (2020). Firm-specific Human Capital at the Crossroads: A Conversation on Current Issues and Future Directions Advances in Strategic Management

Byun, H. & Raffiee, J. & Ganco, M. (2019). Discontinuities in the Value of Relational Capital: The Effects on Employee Entrepreneurship and Mobility Organization Science

Starr, E. & Ganco, M. & Campbell, B. (2018). Strategic Human Capital Management in the Context of Cross-Industry and Within-Industry Mobility Frictions Strategic Management Journal

Ganco, M. (2017). NK Model as a Representation of Innovative Search Research Policy

Agarwal, R. & Campbell, B. & Franco, A. & Ganco, M. (2016). What Do I Take With Me?: The Mediating Effect of Spin-Out Team Size and Tenure on the Founder-Firm Performance Relationship. Academy of Management Journal

Ganco, M. & Ziedonis, R. & Agarwal, R. (2015). More Stars Stay, but the Brightest Ones Still Leave: Job Hopping in the Shadow of Patent Enforcement Strategic Management Journal

Gambardella, A. & Ganco, M. & Honore, F. (2015). Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge in Incumbent Firms and Employee Entrepreneurship. Organization Science

Gambardella, A. & Ganco, M. & Honore, F. (2015). Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge in Incumbent Firms and Employee Entrepreneurship Organization Science

Ganco, M. (2013). Cutting the Gordian Knot: The Effect of Knowledge Complexity on Employee Mobility and Entrepreneurship. Strategic Management Journal

Campbell, B. & Ganco, M. & Franco, A. & Agarwal, R. (2012). Who Leaves, to Go Where, and Does it Matter: Employee Mobility, Employee Entrepreneurship and the Effects on Parent Firm Performance. Strategic Management Journal

Ganco, M. & Agarwal, R. (2009). Performance Differentials between Diversifying Entrants and Entrepreneurial Start-ups: A Complexity Approach. Academy of Management Review

Agarwal, R. & Ganco, M. & Ziedonis, R. (2009). Reputations for Toughness in Patent Enforcement: Implications for Knowledge Spillovers via Inventor Mobility. Strategic Management Journal

Ganco, M. & Hoetker, G. (2009). NK Modeling Methodology in the Strategy Literature: Bounded Search on a Rugged Landscape. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

Ganco, M. & Honore, F. & Raffiee, J. Entrepreneurial Team Assembly: Knowledge Transfer, Customer Transfer, and Matching Models Oxford Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Collaboration

Selected Submitted Journal Articles

Ganco, M. & Posen, H. & Kim, S. (2022). Vicarious Experimentation Through Imitation: Evidence From Video Game Sequel Releases Academy of Management Journal

El-Zayaty, A. & Ganco, M. & Coff, R. (2021). Unpacking the Impacts of Human Capital Aggregation

Working Papers

Albert, D. & Ganco, M. Interface as a Design Choice: How the Implementation of Interfaces Influences Coordination and Performance in Modular Systems


Professional Organizations

Academy of Management BPS Division, 2013, Executive Committee

Academy of Management ENT Division, Research Committee

Academy of Management TIM Division, Best Paper Awards Committee

Strategic Management Society, Associate Program Chair & Program Chair, 2015-2017

Consortium for Research in Strategy

Editorial and Reviewing Activities

Organization Science – Since January 2017
Editorial Board Member

Academy of Management Review – Since January 2017
Editorial Board Member

Strategic Management Journal – Since January 2016
Associate Editor

Academy of Management Discoveries – Since January 2014
Editorial Board Member

Strategic Management Journal – January 2013 – December 2016
Editorial Board Member