Susan Cohen
Assistant Professor of Management
Profile
Susan Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Richmond. Cohen's research focuses on organizational learning, both by early stage entrepreneurial firms participating in accelerator programs and by incumbent firms threatened by radical innovations. Her research has been cited by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch and several other media outlets. Cohen also co-directs the annual U.S. Seed Accelerator Rankings project. She teaches corporate strategy and entrepreneurship.
Grants and Fellowships

Batten Fellow, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Future Faculty Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010 

Awards

Distinguished Reviewer, Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division, 2012

Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of North Carolina, 2012

National Institute of Science and Technology Scholarship, 2010-2011 

Presentations

"How do accelerators accelerate organizational learning?," Smith Entrepreneurship Research Conference. College Park, MD 2014

"Do Accelerators Accelerate? A Study of Venture Accelerators as a Path to Success," Wharton Technology Conference. Philadelphia, PA 2014

"Do Accelerators Accelerate? A Study of Venture Accelerators as a Path to Success," SMS Special Conference. Tel Aviv, 2014

"Accelerator research update, Kauffman Foundation Research Meeting," MIT Sloan School of Management. Cambridge, November 2013

"How to accelerate learning: Entrepreneurial ventures participating in accelerators," West Coast Research Symposium. Seattle, 2013

"How to accelerate learning: Entrepreneurial ventures participating in accelerators," Academy of Management. Orlando, 2013

"Managing technological transitions: What to transition and what to release?," Academy of Management. Orlando, 2013

"How to accelerate learning: Entrepreneurial ventures participating in accelerators," Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference. Atlanta, May 2013

"How to accelerate learning: Entrepreneurial ventures participating in accelerators," MIT Sloan School of Management. Cambridge, 2013

"Managing technology transitions: The importance of unlearning," Symposium, Academy of Management. Boston, 2012

"Managing technology transitions: The importance of unlearning," Darden Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference. Charlottesville, 2012 

Professional Experience
Priceline.com, Member of Founding Team and Director of Marketing
Yoyodyne, Vice President
SPSS, New Product Marketing Manager
Publications
Articles

Cohen, S.L. (2013). What do Accelerators do? Insights from Incubators and Angels. Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization. 8(3-4), 19-25

Cohen, S.L. and Hochberg, Y (2013). Accelerating Startups: The Seed Accelerator Phenomenon, 2013 (Working paper available on SSRN)

Additional Publications

Working Papers:

Cohen, S.L. and Tripsas, M. (2014). Managing technological transitions: The importance of disengaging from the old.

Hallen, B.L., Bingham, C.B. and Cohen, S.L. (2014) Do Accelerators Accelerate? A Study of Venture Accelerators as a Path to Success.

Cohen, S.L. and Bingham, C.B. (2014). How do accelerators accelerate organizational learning? 


Education
B.A., University of Michigan
M.B.A., Northwestern, Kellogg School of Management
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Contact Information
366 Queally
(804) 287-6356
Areas of Expertise
Accelerator Programs
Early Stage Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Organizational Learning
Strategic Management