Research Interests: Science & technology firms; start-up organizations; social network analysis; qualitative methods
Alicia DeSantola is a Ph.D. student in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by the Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard.
DeSantola’s research interests center around entrepreneurial activity within the high tech and life sciences industries. DeSantola is currently conducting research on the evolution of social network structures as start-ups scale, and its implications on individual and firm performance.
DeSantola holds a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, a B.S. with honors in Science, Technology & Society and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. Her undergraduate honors thesis, which focused on organizational decision-making in high-stakes nuclear cooperation, was awarded Stanford’s Walter G. Vincenti prize. Prior to her doctoral studies, DeSantola worked in San Francisco as a management consultant assisting life sciences companies in the strategic management of pipeline portfolio products.
M.S., Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University
B.S., Science Technology & Society (with honors), Stanford University
B.A., International Relations, Stanford University