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Fisher faculty receive National Science Foundation grant

Published: 2011-11-07



The National Science Foundation has awarded a research grant to Michael Leiblein to study innovation and production sourcing decisions in the semiconductor industry.The research will examine innovation strategies in the areas of outsourcing and offshoring and how resource allocation and organization decisions involved with those strategies impact company performance.

The research will examine innovation strategies in the areas of outsourcing and offshoring and how resource allocation and organization decisions involved with those strategies impact company performance.

"These are important investment decisions and an area that has not received in-depth, critical study," said Leiblein, associate professor of management and corporate strategy in the Department of Management and Human Resources."This research will contribute to both managerial decision-making and public policy. It will also develop protocols for a publicly available database of information describing financial and organizational decisions in this industry."

John Gray, an assistant professor in operations at Fisher, was co-investigator for the $342,000 grant.

Leiblein, who recently edited, "Technology Strategy and Innovation Management," has published several studies over the last 15 years that examine the association between the way in which firms organize and their technical and innovative performance.

Innovation is a critical strategy for middle market companies. According to recent research of middle market companies conducted by Fisher and GE Capital, “the strongest common theme across growth companies is a relentless focus on innovation. Continuous innovation is seen not only as a key to survival, but as one of the most important assets in competition.”

Fisher has identified innovation as a cornerstone of its mission. The college recently launched the Innovation Initiative, a multifaceted program focused on education, training, consulting services and outreach to the business community led by Executive Director Michael Bills. 
Leiblein has partnered with Bills to lead the research components of the Initiative.

“Professor Leiblein’s research is profoundly relevant to the mission and the work we do through the Innovation Initiative,” said Bills. “We work to balance the role of the organization with best practices in top-line growth. The Initiative, which is focused on consumer-centered approaches to new product and service creation, will benefit from Michael’s research in a myriad of ways including gaining a better understanding of the qualities, capabilities and competencies that the most innovative organizations possess.”