Martin Ganco

Assistant Professor
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • Ph.D. 2010
    Business Administration University of Illinois

  • M.S. 2000
    International Business Norwegian School of Economics

  • B.A. 1997
    Management Comenius University


Martin Ganco is an Assistant Professor in the Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship department at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. 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. 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. In 2011, he received a prestigious Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award. He earned his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

Selected Works

  • Gambardella, A., Ganco, M., Honore, F. Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge in Incumbent Firms and Employee Entrepreneurship. Organization Science, forthcoming.
  • Ganco, M., Ziedonis, R., Agarwal, R. More Stars Stay, but the Brightest Ones Still Leave: Job Hopping in the Shadow of Patent Enforcement. Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.
  • Van de Ven, A.H., Ganco, M., Hinnings, C.R. 2013. Returning to the Frontier of Contingency Theory of Organizational and Institutional Design. Academy of Management Annals, 7(1).
  • Ganco, M. 2013. Cutting the Gordian Knot: The Effect of Knowledge Complexity on Employee Mobility and Entrepreneurship. Strategic Management Journal, 34(6): 666-686.
  • Campbell, B.A., 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.
  • Agarwal, R. , Ganco, M., Ziedonis, R. 2009. Reputations for Toughness in Patent Enforcement: Implications for Knowledge Spillovers via Inventor Mobility. Strategic Management Journal, 30: 1349.
  • Ganco, M., Agarwal, R. 2009. Performance Differentials between Diversifying Entrants and Entrepreneurial Start-Ups over the Industry Life Cycle: A Complexity Approach. Academy of Management Review, 34: 228-252.

Current Activities

Current Research

  • Using What You Know: Patented Knowledge in Incumbent Firms and Employee Entrepreneurship (with Alfonso Gambardella and Florence Honore)
  • Enabling Constraints: How Constraining Organizational Search Improves Performance.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Selection of Founding Team Members and Start-Up Performance (with Ben Campbell)
  • What Do I Take With Me: The Impact Of Transfer and Replication of Resources on Parent and Spin-out Firm Performance (with Ben Campbell, April Franco and Rajshree Agarwal)

Honors and Awards

  • Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award, Business Policy and Strategy, 2011
  • Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2012
  • 2014 TIM Past Chair's Emerging Scholar Award
  • Carlson School of Management Outstanding Teaching Award

Research Grants

  • National Science Foundation Grant #1159364, ($209,000), 2012