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Elizabeth Altman

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Dr. Elizabeth J. AltmanAssistant Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Management, Innovation, Multi-sided Platforms, Business Ecosystems, Resource Dependence, Organizational Change, Organizational Identity, Strategic Leadership, Institutional Logics, Knowledge-based View of the Firm

Product-to-Platform Transitions, Challenges of Joining Business Ecosystems, Complementor Strategies, Organizational Identity Transitions, Multi-sided Platforms

Education

  • DBA: Management, (2015), Harvard Business School - Boston, MA
  • MS: Management, (1992), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • MS: Mechanical Engineering, (1992), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • BS: Mechanical Engineering, (1988), Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

Biography

Elizabeth J. Altman (Twitter: @lizaltman) is an assistant professor of management in the Manning School of Business University of Massachusetts Lowell. Altman teaches strategy courses in the graduate and undergraduate management programs, and pursues a research agenda centered on platform businesses, innovation ecosystems, and digital economy transitions. She is also a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School where she continues her research in collaboration with Prof. Clayton Christensen and other colleagues. Altman completed her doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School in May 2015. Altman was previously vice president of business development in Motorola's Mobile Devices business leading a team responsible for identifying partners, developing relationship strategies, and executing and managing deals. Prior to this, Altman led a team developing and executing business strategy and managing relationships with partners for a multi-billion dollar Motorola division. Altman joined Motorola after earning dual masters degrees in mechanical engineering and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1994, she was awarded a U.S. Department of Commerce and Japanese government fellowship and spent a year at a Sony factory in Japan. Altman earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University and has served on the Cornell Board of Trustees. She is also an emeritus member of the Cornell College of Engineering Advisory Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Altman co-authored the book "The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work,"(Harvard Business Press, 2008). Altman was featured in Bennis and Thomas’ book on leadership "Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values and Defining Moments Shape Leaders." She was one of Boston Magazine's “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Boston,” and one of the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” top business and community leaders. Altman is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Awards and Honors

  • UMass Lowell Women's Leadership Faculty Fellow (2017), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • UMass Lowell Pillars of Excellence Award Nominee (2017), Leadership - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Council on Foreign Relations Lifetime Member (2016), Scholarship/Research - Council on Foreign Relations
  • 100 Most Influential Women in Boston (2003), Service, Professional - Boston Magazine
  • 40 under 40 Top Business and Community Leaders (2002), Service, Professional - Boston Business Journal

Publications

  • Altman, E., Tushman, M. (2017) "Platforms, Open/User Innovation, and Ecosystems: A Strategic Leadership Perspective," Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit 17-076:
  • Altman, E. (2017) "Platforms, open/user innovation, and ecosystems: A strategic leadership perspective," Emerald Group Publishing Limited 37:
  • Hagiu, A. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Altman, E. (2017) "Finding the Platform in Your Product: Four strategies that can reveal hidden value.," Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Publishing
  • Altman, E., Nagle, F., Tushman, M. (2016) "Interactions for Innovation: Firms, Communities, and Crowds.," Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings pp. 1
  • Altman, E. (2015) "Platform and Ecosystem Transitions: Strategic and Organizational Implications,"
  • Altman, E., Nagle, F., Tushman, M.L. (2013) "Innovating Without Information Constraints: Organizations, Communities, and Innovation When Information Costs Approach Zero," IDEAS Working Paper Series from RePEc pp. n/a
  • Hagiu, A., Altman, E. (2013) "Intuit QuickBooks: From Product to Platform," 14-045 pp. 22
  • Altman, E., Tripsas, M. (2013) "Product to Platform Transitions: Organizational Identity Implications," IDEAS Working Paper Series from RePEc pp. n/a
  • Altman, E., Nagle, F., Tushman, M. (2013) "Technology and Innovation Management," Oxford University Press
  • Altman, E., Sinfield, J.V., Johnson, M., Anthony, S.D. (2008) "The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work.," Harvard Business School Press Books pp. 1

Presentations

  • Disruptive Innovation: Intellectual History and Future Paths - Strategic Management Society Conference, October 2017 - Houston, TX
  • Managed Ecosystems: The Knowledge-Based View, Innovation Communities, and Transitioning Logics - Strategic Management Society Conference, October 2017 - Houston, TX
  • Dependencies, Complementor Evolution, Response Strategies: Joining a Multi-Sided Platform Ecosystem - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2017 - Atlanta, GA
  • Disruptive Innovation: Intellectual History and Future Paths - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2017 - Atlanta, GA
  • Platforms, Open/User Innovation, and Ecosystems: A Strategic Leadership Perspective - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2017 - Atlanta, GA
  • Dependencies, Complementor Evolution, Response Strategies: Joining a Multi-Sided Platform Ecosystem - Academy of Management MOC-TIM Frontiers Conference, June 2017 - Zurich, Switzerland
  • Disruptive Innovation: Intellectual History and Future Paths - DRUID Innovation Conference, June 2017 - New York, NY
  • Platforms, Open/User Innovation, and Ecosystems: A Strategic Leadership Perspective - University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, March 2017 - Lowell, MA
  • Engaging Communities for Problem Solving and Innovation: Shifting Institutional Logics - Collective Intelligence Conference, 2016 - New York, NY
  • Depdendency Challenges, Complementor Maturity, and Response Strategies: Joining a Multi-Sided Platform Ecosystem - DRUID 20th Anniversary Innovation Conference, 2016 - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Platform and Ecosystem Transitions: Strategic and Organizational Implications - University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, 2016 - Lowell, MA
  • Strategy, Platforms, and Ecosystems - University of Massachusetts Manning School of Business Advisory Board, 2016 - Lowell, MA
  • Engaging Communities for Problem Solving and Innovation: Shifting Institutional Logics - 14th Annual Open & User Innovation Conference, August 2016 - Boston, MA
  • Depdendency Challenges, Response Strategies, and Complementor Maturity: Joining a Multi-Sided Platform Ecosystem - 14th Annual Open and User Innovation Conference, August 2016 - Boston, MA
  • Depdendency Challenges, Response Strategies, and Complementor Maturity: Joining a Multi-Sided Platform Ecosystem - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2016 - Anaheim, CA
  • Engaging Communities for Problem Solving and Innovation: Shifting Institutional Logics - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2016 - Anaheim, CA
  • Dependency Challenges, Response Strategies, and Complementor Maturity: Joining a Multi-Sided Platform Ecosystem - Platform Strategy Research Symposium, 2015 - Boston, MA
  • Joining an Ecosystem: Organizational and Strategic Implications - 12th Annual Open and User Innovation Conference, 2014 - Boston, MA
  • Joining an Ecosystem: Organizational Implications - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Product to Platform Transitions: Organizational Identity Implications - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Platform and Ecosystem Transitions: Organizational and Strategic Implications - Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC) Doctoral Conference, 2014 - Boston, MA
  • Joining an Ecosystem: Organizational and Strategic Implications - Strategic Management Society Conference, 2014 - Madrid, Spain
  • Platform and Ecosystem Transitions: Strategic and Organizational Implications - Wharton Technology & Innovation Conference, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Innovating without Information Constraints - Organization Science Winter Conference, February 2014 - Steamboat Springs, CO
  • From Industry to Academia: A new set of lenses - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Leaders for Global Operations Proseminar, 2013 - Cambridge, MA
  • Architectural Strategy and Design Evolution in Business Ecosystems: Opportunities and Challenges - Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 2013 - Orlando, FL
  • Leadership Styles Workshop - Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Leadership Conference, 2011 - Cambridge, MA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • UMass Lowell Women's Leadership Faculty Fellow (2017), Fellowship - UMass Lowell
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