Sharon Belenzon


Sharon Belenzon is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Strategy unit at the Fuqua School of Business of Duke University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research is dedicated to advance the understanding of how firm organizational structure mediates, and is mediated by, firm strategy, and of how investments in science by corporations and by universities affect technical change. His research has been featured in top academic journals, such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Research Policy and Journal of Law and Economics. Professor Belenzon received his PhD from the London School of Economics, and completed post-doctorate work at the University of Oxford, Nuffield College. He has also been the recipient of the Kauffman foundation post-doctorate fellowship at the NBER. He earned MA and BA degrees in Economics from Tel-Aviv University. Belenzon has been an Associate Editor for Management Science from January 2016 and for Strategic Management Journal from July 2016.


Sharon Belenzon

Ashish Arora

Ashish Arora

Ashish Arora is the Rex D. Adams Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Arora received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1992, and was on the faculty at the Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University, where he held the H. John Heinz Professorship, till 2009 (on leave, 2008-09).

His research focuses on the economics of technology and technical change. Arora's research has included the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the economics of information security, and the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups. He has studied the rise of the software industry and the pharmaceutical industry in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the management of intellectual property and licensing in corporations, and innovation based entrepreneurship.

He served as co-editor, Research Policy, 2008-2014, and is currently Department Editor for Management Science (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal. In the past, he has served on advisory panels to the Secretary of Commerce, the National Academy of Sciences, and The Association for Computing Machinery.

Arora has taught a variety of courses, including Economics of Information Security and Risk Management. He currently teaches Entrepreneurial Strategy for Innovation Based Ventures, and Emerging Markets Strategy.

He has consulted to the Chemical Manufacturing Association, National Science Foundation, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Intellectual Ventures, UK Intellectual Property Office, the Brattle Group, Intel Capital and Tata Consultancy Services, and to startups including SCA Technologies. He is an angel investor. His investments include Upswing, Mindseed, and Neuron Connect.

John Cronin

John Cronin is Managing Director and Chairman of ipCapital Group, Inc. ("ipCG"), an intellectual property consulting firm. Mr. Cronin founded ipCG in 1998.

ipCG represents the largest IP strategy consulting team in the world. Capitalizing on a lifelong study of creative and inventive thinking processes, business strategy development, and transaction negotiations, Mr. Cronin has created a unique consulting ipCapital SystemTM Methodology. This methodology includes powerful data driven IP Strategy processes which lead to a full Intellectual Asset Management program (IAM). This program provides ipCG clients with unique IP Creation Services for invention extraction, creation and documentation, along with world-class IP Valuation, licensing and transaction processes. The ipCapital System Methodology provides for extraction and documentation of inventions, identifying opportunity and risk, driving transactions to completion, and creating significant market value from IP.

Mr. Cronin has worked with over 750 companies and approximately 15% of the Fortune 500, hundreds of mid-size companies and hundreds of startups and governmental laboratories. Over the years, he has become a respected thought leader among executives who wish to align business issues with IP and translate strategies into actionable financial results. Mr. Cronin has inspired and trained thousands of engineers and scientists in the best practices of "how to invent."

Prior to forming ipCG, Mr. Cronin spent over 17 years at IBM and became its top inventor with over 100 patents and 150 patent publications. He created and ran the IBM Patent Factory, which was essential in helping IBM become number one in US patents, and lead the team that contributed to the startup and success of IBM's licensing program.

Mr. Cronin is also on the Board of Directors of HopTo and Imageware.  He holds a B.S. (E.E.), an M.S. (E.E), and a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont.

John Cronin