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Venkat Kuppuswamy
Curriculum VitaeAssistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Venkat Kuppuswamy

479 Dodge Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

617.373.2280
v.kuppuswamy@northeastern.edu


Profile

Education

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA), Harvard Business School

B.Sc (Hons), Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Toronto at Scarborough

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Kuppuswamy's research interests fall into 2 broad domains: (i) the biases and forms of discrimination confronting minority entrepreneurs, particularly on crowd-based platforms like crowdfunding (ii) the performance consequences of corporate diversification decisions. His teaching interests focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in dynamic contexts such as the media and entertainment industries.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University in 2018, Professor Kuppuswamy was a part of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2011. He serves as an academic advisory board member of NCGrowth, a rural economic development initiative by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Since 2015, Professor Kuppuswamy has been significantly involved with efforts to develop customized 3D-printed surgical implants for low-income patients in India. He also the director of an economic consulting firm that provides companies data-driven insight into strategies surrounding gender and racial diversity in the workplace.

Services to the Profession

Reviewer for Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Banking and Finance, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, the National Science Foundation, and the Israel Science Foundation.

Publications

Selected Publications

Peter Younkin and Venkat Kuppuswamy (2018). “Discounted: The Effect of Founder Race on the Price of New Products: Evidence from Crowdfunding Projects.” Journal of Business Venturing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.02.004

Jonathan Clark, Venkat Kuppuswamy, Bradley Staats (2018) “Goal-Relatedness and Learning: Evidence from Hospitals.” Organization Science. https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2017.1166

Peter Younkin and Venkat Kuppuswamy (2017) [equal authorship]. “Is the Crowd Colorblind? Founder race and performance in crowdfunding.” Management Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2017.2774

Venkat Kuppuswamy and Barry Bayus (2017). "Does My Contribution Matter? An Analysis of the Kickstarter Crowdfunding Community." Journal of Business Venturing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2016.10.004

Venkat Kuppuswamy and Belén Villalonga (2015). "Does Diversification Create Value in the Presence Of External Financing Constraints? Evidence from the 2007–2009 Financial Crisis." Management Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2015.2165

Presentations

Selected Presentations

“Persistence after rejection: A supply-side gender bias with a demand-side catalyst.” Presented at the 10th Annual People and Organizations Conference - The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (October 2017)

“Testing the Theory of Consumer Discrimination as an Explanation for the Lack of Minority Hiring in Hollywood Films.” Presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Policy Research Group (October 2017)

“Testing the Theory of Consumer Discrimination as an Explanation for the Lack of Minority Hiring in Hollywood Films.” Presented at the Academy of Management Conference - Atlanta (August 2017)

“Is the Crowd Colorblind? Founder race and performance in crowdfunding.” Presented at Innovative Data for Economic Analysis (IDEA) Workshop - Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 2017)

“Is the Crowd Colorblind?” and “After the Campaign: Outcomes of Crowdfunding.” Presented at the symposium “The Past and Future of Crowd/Funding North Carolina Economic Development.” Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (October 2016)