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Snehal S. Awate

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Indian School of Business

Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Telangana, India

Research Interests

Strategies in emerging industries, emerging economy multinationals, innovation networks, organizational learning


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration
    Department of Strategic Management, Fox School of Business
    Temple University

  • M.S. in Interdisciplinary Telecommunications
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.E. in Electronics Engineering
    University of Mumbai


Trajectory of innovation in emerging industries: evidence from the global wind power industry
Chair: Prof. Ram Mudambi

Finalist for the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Best Dissertation Award, 2014


This dissertation unpacks “innovation” along its constituent dimensions, namely technological, geographic, and people. I study how these dimensions interact among each other to define the course or trajectory of innovation. The setting for this study is the global wind power industry, a rapidly evolving innovation-intensive emerging industry. The innovations are studied at two levels – location-level and firm-level. At the location-level, I model the knowledge base of innovation-active locations in this industry to find the effect of breadth and depth of knowledge on the innovation performance of the locations. At the firm-level, I study the development of firm’s innovation capabilities. A special focus is given to emerging economy multinational enterprises as they start with lower amounts of technological and market knowledge but exhibit a fast catch-up to get on par with the industry-leading advanced economy multinationals.