Gurneeta Singh
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Gurneeta Vasudeva Singh

Associate Professor
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • Ph.D. 2005
    Business Administration George Washington University

  • M.Sc. 1996
    Applied Operations Research Delhi University

  • B.Sc. 1994
    Mathematical Statistics Delhi University


  • New Industry Emergence
  • Technological Innovation
  • Inter-organizational alliances and networks
  • Knowledge-building
  • Social and Political Institutions

Gurneeta Vasudeva joined the Carlson School of Management in 2007, prior to which she worked at the Indian School of Business for two years. Her doctoral thesis on how national institutions shape firms' approaches to technological innovation and knowledge transfers won the best dissertation awards from the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business. Gurneeta's research is prmarily concerned with the question of how firms search, acquire and build on the knowledge that resides in their organizational and institutional ecosystem. In particular, she has studied the role of global alliances and networks for knowledge-building in emergent technological industries such as fuel cells and mobile handsets, while incorporating the cross-national variations in institutions within which firms develop their knowledge capabilities. Gurneeta's research has also examined intra-organizational arrangements that facilitate knowledge flows and enhance performance outcomes for specific types of organizational units in a high technology sector such as the pharmaceutical industry. More recently, Gurneeta has investigated how firms build environmental, social and corporate governance capabilities for sustainable growth, and learn from the actions of large prominent actors--such as activist institutional investors in their ecosystem--who have made responsible investments a cornerstone of their international investment strategy. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Research Policy. Gurneeta serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and Global Strategy Journal, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for other management journals. She is a recipient of the Dean's annual award for research at the Carlson School, and has received multiple research grants including one from the National Science Foundation to work as a visiting researcher at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, and two Grant-in-Aid awards from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the academia Gurneeta worked as an international development specialist and energy policy analyst in Washington D.C., U.S.A. and New Delhi, India.  In this role she has worked with the National Academies, World Bank, USAID, Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and other government organizations in Germany, Canada and Japan.

Selected Works

John Gray, Enno Siemsen and Gurneeta Vasudeva. 2015. Collocation Still Matters: Conformance Quality and the Interdependence of R&D and Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Management Science.
Vasudeva, Gurneeta., Alexander, Elizabeth., & Jones, Stephen. 2014. Institutional logics and inter-organizational learning in technological associations: Evidence from standard setting organizations in the mobile handset industry. Organization Science.
Gurneeta Vasudeva, Akbar Zaheer and Exequiel Hernandez. 2013. The Embeddedness of Networks: Institutions, Structural Holes and Innovativeness in the Fuel Cell Industry. Organization Science 24(3).
Vasudeva, Gurneeta., Nachum, Lilac., & Say, Gui Deng. (Forthcoming). Overcoming Information Asymmetry in Internationalization: The Signaling Effect of a Sovereign Wealth Fund as an Institutional Intermediary. Academy of Management Journal.

Current Activities

Editorial Appointments

  • Editorial Boards: Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Organization Science

Honors and Awards

  • 2006 Richard N. Farmer Best Dissertation Award in International Business (Awarded by the Academy of International Business)

  • 2006 Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award in International Management (Awarded by the Academy of Management)

  • Carlson School of Management Dean's Faculty Research Award 2012

Research Grants

  • 2004 Young Scientists Fellowship from the U.S. National Science Foundation

  • 2008-2009, 2013-2015 Grants-In-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the Graduate School, University of Minnesota

  • Fellow of the National Center for the Middle Market, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University