Research Interests: New firm development; entrepreneurial teams; scaling, organizational change; entrepreneurial strategy
Alicia DeSantola is a Ph.D. candidate in the Organizational Behavior program jointly presented by Harvard Business School and the Harvard Department of Sociology. Alicia’s research explores the dynamics of new venture development, focusing specifically on entrepreneurial teams, scaling, organizational change, and entrepreneurial strategy. Her research approach is characterized by the construction of novel datasets, complemented by qualitative interviews.
Alicia’s research is published in Academy of Management Annals and Harvard Business Review and has also appeared in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. She is a recipient of the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship and the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.
Before entering academia, Alicia worked as a management consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, assisting life sciences companies in the strategic management of pipeline portfolio products. Alicia graduated from Stanford University with a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, a B.S. with Honors in Science, Technology & Society, and a B.A. in International Relations. Alicia also holds an A.M. in Sociology from Harvard University.
A.M., Sociology, Harvard University
M.S., Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University
B.S., Science Technology & Society (with honors), Stanford University
B.A., International Relations, Stanford University