Alva Taylor

Associate Professor of Business Administration; Faculty Director, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies

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Alva Taylor’s areas of expertise include business strategy, technology, innovation management, entrepreneurship, and new product development. As Faculty Director of Tuck’s Center for Digital Strategies, he leads a research and knowledge center that provides intellectual leadership on the role of digital strategies in creating competitive advantage for corporations.

Professor Taylor teaches in the MBA and executive education programs at the Tuck School. He teaches executives from many different companies and industries in the Tuck Executive Program, in Leading Innovation, and in company-specific programs for custom clients. He teaches in Building a High-Performing Minority Business and Growing the Minority Business to Scale—the flagship programs of Tuck’s 30+ years of providing world-class business education to diverse business owners and entrepreneurs. He also teaches in the Tuck Business Bridge Program—a fast track to mastery of essential business skills and mindsets designed for liberal arts, sciences, and engineering undergraduates who do not have a classroom foundation in business.

His current research interests are new product development, technological change, new venture formation, organizational learning, and creativity. His work has been published in such journals as Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Administrative Science Quarterly. He is also a contributing author for the book Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation.

Professor Taylor was a finalist for Best Paper of the Year, Academy of Management Journal, in 2007 and recipient of the Harvey H. Bundy III T’68 Fellowship for scholarly excellence at the Tuck School for 2005–2006. He serves on the editorial boards of Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal.

He has been a visiting research faculty at INSEAD-Asia Campus in Singapore and a visiting professor at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Prior to his academic career, Professor Taylor was an industrial engineer at Eastman Kodak Company and a senior manager in the Management Consulting Department at KPMG Peat Marwick. He was awarded his BS, ME, and MBA from Cornell University, and his PhD from Stanford University.

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Innovation and creativity are the weapons for companies to survive and prosper in turbulent times.

– Alva Taylor