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Patia McGrath

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: corporate strategy, organizational learning, firm scope, corporate restructuring, firm innovation

Contact Information

Address: 2047 Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-3560
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Patia J. McGrath is a Ph.D. candidate in Management at The Wharton School, where she is part of the Strategy group.  Her dissertation research focuses on organizational learning and its firm performance implications in the context of corporate divestiture.  Patia holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a MS in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, an Engineer's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

Patia joined Wharton from GE, where she was Global Director - Innovation and Strategic Connections.  In this role, Patia drove major strategic imperatives and radical innovation projects as part of the Chief Marketing Officer’s core team.  Prior to a stint as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston’s Technology Group, Patia spent several years with WhiteLight Systems, a VC-backed business intelligence software startup headquartered in Palo Alto, and J.P. Morgan’s Private Client Group.       


  • Emilie Feldman, Patia McGrath (2016), Divestitures, Journal of Organization Design, 5 (1), 1 - 16.
  • Harbir Singh, Patia McGrath (Under Review), Post-Acquisition Management.
  • Rahul Kapoor, Patia McGrath (2014), Unmasking the Interplay Between Technology Evolution and R&D Collaboration: Evidence from the Global Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry, 1990-2010, Research Policy, 43, 555 - 569.    Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf, Patia McGrath (2011), Advancing the Conceptualization and Operationalization of Novelty in Organizational Research, Organization Science, 22, 1297 - 1311.    Abstract
  • Emilie Feldman, Patia McGrath (Work In Progress), Repeatedly-Divested Units.