Olav Sorenson

Frederick Frank '54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management

Professor Olav Sorenson

Professor Sorenson's research interests include economic geography, economic sociology, entrepreneurship, organizational ecology, the sociology and management of science and technology, and business and corporate strategy. His most extensive line of research examines how social networks affect transactions, thereby shaping the geography and evolution of industries. Although Professor Sorenson has investigated these issues in a wide variety of settings, including banking, biotechnology, and footwear manufacturing, he has most extensively studied the entertainment industries and venture capital.

Prior to joining the Yale School of Management, Professor Sorenson held the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and London Business School. 

Community Profile

One of the class exercises is a negotiation where some students are the management and other students are the venture capitalists.

Education

  • PhD , Stanford University, 1997
  • MA, Stanford University, 1994
  • AB, Harvard University, 1991

Courses

International Experience: South Africa
MGT 416
Venture Capital
MGT 841
Innovator
MGT 421

Publications

Selected Books

S. A. Alvarez, R. Agarwal and O. Sorenson
Springer Verlag
2005
J. A. C. Baum and O. Sorenson
JAI Press
2003

Selected Articles

Biases in the selection stage of bottom-up strategy formulation
M. Reitzig and O. Sorenson
Strategic Management Journal
2013
S. Reis, G. Negro, O. Sorenson, F. Perretti and A. Lomi
Industrial and Corporate Change
2012
S. Samila and O. Sorenson
Management Science
2011
D. M. Waguespack and O. Sorenson
Organization Science
2011

Selected Working Papers

Achievements

Carol and Bruce Mallen Award for Lifetime Published Scholarly Contributions to Motion Picture Industry Economic Studies
2012
Best Paper Award
European Management Review
2010
Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Toronto
2008
Martin and Lang Award for Research Excellence
University of Toronto
2008
Outstanding Reviewer Award
Academy of Management Review
2006
Richard R. Nelson Prize (best paper)
Research Policy
2005
Young Scientists Award
International Schumpeter Society
2005
Deloitte Award (advised best MBA field study)
2004
Edward V. Sedgwick III Memorial Award (advised best MBA field study report)
2004