Laura Huang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Entrepreneurship, innovation, investor decision making, micro-level foundations of entrepreneurship, perceptions and cues in funding decisions

About Laura:

Laura Huang is an assistant professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Huang’s research examines early-stage investment decisions, innovation and the creation of innovative processes within early-stage and established corporations, and how perceptions and cues influence an individuals’ ability to make important, high-stakes decisions. In addition to business-viability data, she is currently studying how an investor’s gut feel plays a role in innovation and entrepreneurial decision making. Her work also examines how leaders can develop more innovative and entrepreneurial frameworks and tools within larger organizational constraints.

Professor Huang holds a PhD from the University of California-Irvine, an MBA from INSEAD, and both an MS and a BS in Engineering from Duke University. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the Heizer Award for Best Dissertation in Entrepreneurship, and the Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship. She was also named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40 by Poets & Quants.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Huang worked across North America, Europe, and Asia in investment banking, consulting, and general management, for corporations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also served as a consultant and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial start-ups in the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, and China, and has worked with organizations such as Google, BlackRock, UBS, Rent the Runway, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), and the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

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