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Shiva Agarwal

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: innovation, technology management and strategy, platforms, business ecosystem

Contact Information

Address: 3032 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-3561
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Shiva Agarwal's research is at the intersection of Technological Innovation and Strategy. Her research explores strategies pursued by firms in a business ecosystem, with an emphasis on explaining firm performance and innovation outcomes. To study these issues, she has assembled a proprietary dataset of all smartphone apps that were launched in iOS and Android ecosystems from 2008 to 2013. The key part of her dissertation is to uncover how interdependencies arising due to technical interactions among firms impacts their performance. The first chapter of her dissertation examines how the performance of the firms participating in an ecosystem is shaped by the structural and evolutionary properties of the ecosystem. She studies this by examining how the performance of app developers participating in the Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android smartphone ecosystems is impacted by the level of ecosystem complexity and uncertainty. In the second chapter, she maps the technical interaction between the complementor firms and the other elements of the ecosystem and examines its performance implications at varying levels of platform maturity.  In the third chapter, she employs a computational model to explore the implications of firms having an incorrect understanding of their task interdependencies. 


  • Rahul Kapoor, Shiva Agarwal (Under Review), Sustaining Superior Performance in Business Ecosystems: Evidence from Application Software Developers in the iOS and Android Smartphone Ecosystems.  Abstract
  • Shiva Agarwal, Rahul Kapoor (Draft), Firm performance in a platform-based ecosystem.  Abstract
  • Shiva Agarwal (Work In Progress), How user entrepreneurs innovate and evolve in an smartphone ecosystem.
  • Shiva Agarwal, Harbir Singh, Vikas A. Aggarwal (Draft), Partnering in a haze: Interdependence mis-specification and firm performance in strategic alliances.  Abstract

Awards And Honors

  • Mack Institute for Innovation Management Research Grant , 2015
  • Mack Institute for Innovation Management Research Grant (with Patia McGrath), 2015
  • Mack Institute for Innovation Management Research Grant , 2014


Course Instruction (Wharton):

Introduction to Management (Undergraduate) – 2013, 2014

Required course for undergraduate business majors that covers topics ranging from corporate strategy to

organizational behavior


Teaching Assistantship (Wharton):

Corporate Strategy (Executive MBA)

·         Teaching Assistant for Harbir Singh - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015


Competitive Strategy (Undergraduate)

·         Teaching Assistant for Olivier Chatain – 2013


Core Strategy (MBA)

·         Teaching Assistant for Nicolaj Siggelkow – 2012