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Elizabeth Altman


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Dr. Elizabeth J. AltmanAssistant Professor

Research Interests

Strategic Management, Innovation, Platforms, Innovation 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

Dr. Elizabeth J. Altman is an assistant professor of management at the Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Altman served as a visiting assistant professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in Fall 2018 and has served as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School. Altman teaches strategy, organizational theory, and human resources management in undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral programs. Her research focuses on strategy, innovation, platform businesses and ecosystems, leadership in the digital economy, organizational identity, and organizational change. Altman spent 19 years in industry. She was a vice president at Motorola in executive and leadership roles in industrial design, product development engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and strategy. Awarded a U.S. Dept. of Commerce and Japanese government fellowship, Altman worked as an engineer for Sony in Japan. She lectures and consults worldwide for multi-national clients on strategy and platform businesses and has served on corporate and non-profit boards. Altman’s work has been published in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), Journal of Management Studies, and other internationally recognized management journals and books. Her HBR article with Prof. Andrei Hagiu was selected for inclusion in an edition of the “HBR 10 Must Reads 2019” book and included in “HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Business Model Innovation.” Altman co-authored the book, “The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work,” (Harvard Business Press). Altman holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Management both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where she served on the Board of Trustees and is on the Cornell University Library Advisory Council. Altman is a life member of the Cornell University Council and an emeritus member of the Cornell College of Engineering Advisory Council and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Altman was named one of Boston Magazine's “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Boston,” and one of Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” top business and community leaders. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Harvard Business Review 10 Must Reads on Business Model Innovation (2019), Scholarship/Research - Harvard Business Review
  • Harvard Business Review 10 Must Reads 2019 (2018), Scholarship/Research - Harvard Business Publishing
  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Christensen, C.M. (Harvard Business School), McDonald, R. (Harvard Business School), Altman, E., Palmer, J. (Harvard Business School), (2019). Disruptive Innovation: An Intellectual History and Directions for Future Investigation. Journal of Management Studies.
  • Altman, E. (2017). Platforms, open/user innovation, and ecosystems: A strategic leadership perspective (37:). Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • 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.L. (2015). Innovating Without Information Constraints: Organizations, Communities, and Innovation When Information Costs Approach Zero (pp. 353-379). Oxford University Press
  • Altman, E. (2015). Platform and Ecosystem Transitions: Strategic and Organizational Implications.
  • 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 (pp. n/a). IDEAS Working Paper Series from RePEc
  • Altman, E., Nagle, F., Tushman, M. (2013). Technology and Innovation Management. Oxford University Press
  • Anthony, S.D., Johnson, M.W., Altman, E., Sinfield, J.V. (2008). The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work (pp. 321). Harvard Business School Press Books

Selected Presentations

  • Platform Choice - 11th Triennial Invitational Choice Symposium, June 2019 - Cambridge, Maryland
  • Balancing Continuity and Change: 150 years of Steinway and M. Steinert & Sons - Industry Studies Association Annual Conference, June 2019 - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Managed Ecosystems and Translucent Institutional Logics: Engaging Communities - Wharton Technology & Innovation 2019 Conference, May 2019 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Leadership in Corporations, Industry, and Beyond - International Conference on Women and Leadership in a Changing World, 2017 - Lowell, MA
  • 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
  • Platforms, Open/User Innovation, and Ecosystems: A Strategic Leadership Perspective - Advances in Strategic Management, Research Conference, 2016 - Cambridge, 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

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

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