Research Seminar: Academic Science and Corporate Innovation


Monday, January 30, 2023, 10:15am to 11:30am


Belfer L1 Weil Town Hall, HKS / Zoom (registration information below)

The Growth Lab Research Seminar series is a weekly seminar that brings together researchers from across the academic spectrum who share an interest in growth and development.

Speaker: Seungryul Ryan Shin, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Cornell University.

Abstract:  This study examines how academic science shapes the dynamics of corporate innovation. An experiment that as-good-as-randomly exposes academic science to corporate inventors reveals that such exposure increases the corporate inventors’ science-based inventions as well as inventions using novel technological approaches. Furthermore, exposure to academic science increases the number of inventions on the extremes, i.e., inventions with no future impact and inventions that are highly impactful. The findings point to the role of academic science as a map in both scientific and technological search, albeit one whose guidance may lead to a dead-end or a promising destination.

Whether attending in-person or virtually, please register in advance. Room attendance is limited to the Harvard community. Seating availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zoom webinar is open to the public.

About the Speaker: Seungryul Ryan Shin is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Cornell University. His research interests lie in innovation from both aspects of management and economics. His recent work investigated the impact of high-skilled human capital on regional entrepreneurship, the role of patents filed by government scientists in the diffusion of government science, and how academic science shapes corporate innovation.