Wisconsin School of Business

Martin Ganco

Associate Professor - Management & Human Resources

Martin Ganco is an Associate Professor in the Management and Human Resources department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a principal in the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE Cluster Initiative). His research interests include entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, business strategy and complexity theory. Martin's current line of research focuses on how organizational and knowledge contexts shape entrepreneurship and innovation. By focusing on the context as a driver of entrepreneurship, his work extends and complements the dominant theories of entrepreneurship and highlights that entrepreneurial tendencies and capabilities can be actively managed. Martin examines these questions in a number of settings including the semiconductor industry, legal services industry and by studying career histories of scientists and engineers. He earned his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

Selected Accepted Journal Articles

Byun, H. & Raffiee, J. & Ganco, M. (2018). Discontinuities in the Value of Relational Capital: The Effects on Employee Entrepreneurship and Mobility. Organization Science
Ganco, M. & Honore, F. & Raffiee, J. (2018). Entrepreneurial Team Assembly: Knowledge Transfer, Customer Transfer, and Matching Models. Oxford Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Collaboration
Ganco, M. & Kapoor, R. & Lee, G. From Rugged Landscapes to Rugged Ecosystems: Structure of Interdependencies and Firms’ Innovative Search. Academy of Management Review

Selected Published Journal Articles

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 (39), 2226-2254.
Ganco, M. (2017). NK Model as a Representation of Innovative Search. Research Policy (46), 1783-1800.
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 (59), 1060-1087.
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 (36), 659-685.
Gambardella, A. & Ganco, M. & Honore, F. (2015). Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge in Incumbent Firms and Employee Entrepreneurship. Organization Science (26), 456-474.
Gambardella, A. & Ganco, M. & Honore, F. (2015). Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge in Incumbent Firms and Employee Entrepreneurship. Organization Science (26), 456-474.
Ganco, M. (2013). Cutting the Gordian Knot: The Effect of Knowledge Complexity on Employee Mobility and Entrepreneurship. Strategic Management Journal (34), 666-686.
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 (33), 65-87.
Ganco, M. & Agarwal, R. (2009). Performance Differentials between Diversifying Entrants and Entrepreneurial Start-ups: A Complexity Approach. Academy of Management Review (2009), 228-252.
Agarwal, R. & Ganco, M. & Ziedonis, R. (2009). Reputations for Toughness in Patent Enforcement: Implications for Knowledge Spillovers via Inventor Mobility. Strategic Management Journal (2009), 1349-1374.
Ganco, M. & Hoetker, G. (2009). NK Modeling Methodology in the Strategy Literature: Bounded Search on a Rugged Landscape. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

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

Entrepreneurship and Strategy Interest Group, Strategic Management Society, Rep-at-Large

BPS Division, Academy of Management, Research Committee

Strategy Research Forum, 2013

Strategic Management Society, Associate Program Chair & Program Chair

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

Photograph of Martin Ganco

Martin Ganco

Associate Professor | Management & Human Resources
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