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Jason Pattit

Assistant Professor : Management Department
 

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Jason M. Pattit is an assistant professor in the Department of Management. He joined the Opus College of Business faculty in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in business administration (focusing on strategic management) and M.B.A. from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester, after which he worked in research and development in both engineering and managerial roles for BMC Industries, Inc. During its nearly 100 years of operation, BMC was a leading manufacturer of precision etched products including aperture masks for color televisions and computer monitors in St. Paul, Minn., Cortland, N.Y., and Müllheim, Germany.

Dr. Pattit teaches courses in strategy and innovation and technology management. His research interests include the management of inter-firm relationships and the strategic use of contracts to achieve competitive advantage. The majority of his empirical work has focused on the design and development of R&D alliance contracts in the medical device industry. In addition, his recent publications in Research Policy and the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management examine the impact of institutions, strategic factors and transaction characteristics on the evolving boundaries of corporate R&D.

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Academic Background

B.S., chemical engineering, University of Rochester
M.S., chemical engineering, University of Rochester
M.B.A., innovation management, Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management
Ph.D., business administration, Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management


Research Specialties

  • Collaborative R&D
  • Contract design
  • Value creation & appropriation


Current Research

  • The use of contractual safeguards to facilitate knowledge transfer and prevent appropriation in R&D alliances
  • The assignment of control rights in R&D alliances 
  • R&D partnership trends


Refereed Publications & Proceedings 

  • Pattit, J., S.P. Raj, and D.L. Wilemon, “The R&D Outsourcing Decision: Environmental Factors and Strategic Considerations,” International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, forthcoming.
  • Alessandri, T. M. and J. M. Pattit, “Determinants of R&D investment: Integrating behavioral theory and managerial incentives arguments,” Journal of Business Research, forthcoming.
  • Pattit, Jason, S.P. Raj and D. L. Wilemon, "An Institutional Theory Investigation of U.S. Technology Development Trends Since the Mid-19th Century," Research Policy 41:2 (2012): 306-318.
  • Pattit, Jason and D. L. Wilemon, "Creating High-performing Software Development Teams," R&D Management 35:4 (2005): 375-393. 
  • Pattit, Jason, S.P. Raj and D. L. Wilemon, "Transaction Costs, Absorptive Capacity and R&D Sourcing as Emerging Determinants of New Product Development Success."  Proceedings of the 2005 PDMA International Conference Research Forum.


Selected Recent Presentations

  • "R&D Alliances and the Allocation of Control Rights,” Paper presented at the annual Academy of Management Meeting, Montreal, Canada, August, 2010.
  • “Ownership in R&D Alliances: The Influence of Complementary and Relationship-specific Resources,” Paper presented at the Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, Washington, D.C., October,  2009.
  • “Determinants of R&D Investment: Integrating Behavioral Theory and Managerial Incentives Arguments,” Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August, 2009.
  • "An Institutional Theory Investigation of U.S. R&D Partnership Trends Since the Mid- 19th Century,” Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August, 2009.


Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business and Management Honor Society
  • Whitman School Meritorious Graduate Scholar, Syracuse University
  • Award for Excellence in Innovation Management, Syracuse University