Pian Shu, Ph.D.


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Ph.D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
(2007-2012) Thesis Title: “Essays on Innovation, Productivity, and Talent Allocation”

B.A. (Valedictorian) in Mathematics and Mathematical Economics, Colgate University,
(2003-2007) High Honors in both majors; Summa Cum Laude   


Visiting Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Innovation Department, Questrom School of Business, Boston University, 2021-2022 

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-2021

Visiting Scholar in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Unit, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016-2017

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Technology and Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School, 2012-2017


“Competition, Innovation, and Strategy,” professional evening MBA core curriculum at Questrom School of Business, Boston University, 2021-2022

  • This course aimed to foster a comprehensive understanding of the factors involved in strategic decision-making and equip students with the tools necessary to develop strategies that drive superior long-term economic performance in companies.

“Foundations of Strategy,” undergraduate core curriculum at Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-2019

  • This course was designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of business strategy and prepare them for the often ambiguous nature of business decision-making. My teaching method emphasized experiential learning, minimizing traditional lectures in favor of open discussions. Students engaged with diverse materials, including case studies, news articles, podcasts, and videos, and were encouraged to form and articulate their own viewpoints on applying strategic thinking. Assignments and team projects reinforced learning, enhancing skills in problem-solving, fieldwork, teamwork, and presenting.

 “Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development II,” first-year MBA required curriculum at Harvard Business School, 2014-2016

  • In FIELD II, students worked in small teams to apply human-centered design to solve customer challenges for partnering firms and organizations in developing economies. As the faculty lead, I took two cohorts of students to Chengdu, China, to collaborate with over 20 local partners. In addition to my teaching and project oversight duties, I contributed to sourcing local partners and speakers, managed a team of 4-5 staff members on-site, and provided assistance to students in preparing for and adapting to the local environment.
“Technology and Operations Management,”  first-year MBA required curriculum at Harvard Business School, 2012-2015

  • In RC TOM, students acquired skills and concepts essential for ensuring a firm's operations fulfill its customer promise and contribute to its competitive position. The course, taught using the case method, covered topics such as process analysis, cross-functional and cross-firm integration, product development, information technology, and technology and operations strategy.


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NBER Entrepreneurship Research Grant (2015)
Berol Corporation Fellowship, Harvard Business School (2013)
NBER Innovation Policy Research Grant (2013)
Ewing Marion Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (2011)
George and Obie Shultz Fund Grants, MIT (2010)
Castle Krob Graduate Fellowship, MIT (2007 - 2009)
Marshall-Keynes Award for Excellence in Economics, Colgate University (2007)
Osborne Prize in Mathematics, Colgate University (2007)
Class of 1997 Award, Colgate University (2007)
Phi Beta Kappa (elected as a junior) (2006)


2019-2020: ASSA Annual Meeting (discussant); NBER Summer Institute Entrepreneurship Meeting (discussant)

2018-2019: Carnegie Mellon University Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Change Seminar; Colgate University; FTC Hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century; Syracuse University Trade, Development, and Political Economy Workshop        

2017-2018: Academy of International Business Annual Meeting; ASSA Annual Meeting; China Meeting of the Econometric Society; Darden-Cambridge Judge-HKU FBE Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference; NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group Meeting (discussant); NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy Meeting; NBER Summer Institute Innovation Meeting; NBER Summer Institute Personnel Economics Meeting; Roundtable for Engineering Entrepreneurship Research Conference (discussant); Society for Economic Dynamics Annual Conference

2016-2017: Academy of Management Annual Meeting; ASSA Annual Meeting; Columbia Business School; Duke Center for Innovation Policy; Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business; MIT Sloan; NBER Productivity Lunch; Roundtable for Engineering Entrepreneurship Research Conference; Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

2015-2016: Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference at Brandeis University; Duke Strategy Conference; NBER Productivity Lunch; NBER Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship March Meeting; NSF Knowledge Conference; NYU Economics of Strategy Conference; University of Hong Kong Business School        

2014-2015: Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Fudan University; NBER Productivity Lunch; NBER Summer Institute Innovation Meeting (poster session); Stanford Social Science and Technology Seminar; UC Berkeley Innovation Seminar; UCSD Economics        

2013-2014: HBS Science Based Business Initiative Seminar; NBER Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship March Meeting; National University of Singapore Business School; Society of Labor Economists Annual Meeting

2012-2013: Canadian Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; NBER Summer Institute Innovation Meeting; International Industrial Organization Conference

2011-2012: Brandeis University; Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management; Harvard Business School; NBER Productivity Lunch; Ohio State University; Searle Center Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship; University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business; UC Berkeley Innovation Seminar; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Toronto Rotman School of Management


Referee for: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics; American Economic Review; Economic Journal; European Economic Review; Journal of Economics & Management Strategy; Journal of International Economics; Journal of Labor Economics; Journal of Political Economy; Labour Economics; Management Science; Organization Science; RAND Journal of Economics; Research Policy; Scandinavian Journal of Economics; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Co-Organizer: Workshop on Innovation in a Global Economy, Harvard Business School (2015, 2016)

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