Fox School of Business PhD candidate Snehal Awate, whose research interests include newly emerging industries, emerging markets, economic geography, innovation networks and patent research, has received an assistant professor of strategy position at the Indian School of Business.
Awate’s research has included an examination of wind energy in emerging markets that she co-authored with strategic management Professor Ram Mudambi, a Perelman Senior Research Fellow. During the summer of 2010, Awate studied the technological and economic impacts of wind energy by researching Indian wind-turbine company Suzlon. Awate’s comparative case analysis, published in the Global Strategy Journal, takes an in-depth look at how emerging-market multinational enterprises are catching up in knowledge-intensive emerging industries.
Awate was awarded the Ernest & Young-SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies grant for her work with Mudambi. She successfully defended her dissertation, on innovations in the global wind-power industry, in August and will receive her PhD in Business Administration later this year. Before joining the Fox School, Awate earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary telecommunications from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Why do you think you stood out from other candidates when you applied to the Indian School of Business?
They were looking for a candidate with a promising research career. I think my research agenda and output generated so far stood out among other applicants.
What are you most looking forward to?
Interacting with and teaching the top MBA students at ISB, undoubtedly the crème of the Indian student population, and of course using ISB’s excellent research resources to further my work.
What attracted you to the Fox School?
Research diversity and the very evident faculty-student collaborations.
What drew you to focus on wind-turbine energy?
India’s rising position in the alternative energy market such as wind.
What research are you currently pursuing?
I am examining alternative energy patent data to map out multidimensional innovation networks spanning inventors, technologies and geographies.
What will you miss about Temple and Philadelphia?
I miss interacting with my friends and professors, refreshing strolls through the very lively Liacouras Walk and Bell Tower area and of course, the Art Museum and the verdant Main Line.
How would you describe the Fox PhD program to a prospective student?
This is a place of growth. The program’s strong research focus and the school’s efforts to be among the top create a very positive atmosphere for research. It’s hard not to be productive here.