Andrea Contigiani

Andrea Contigiani
  • Doctoral Candidate

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3024 SHDH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Research Interests: Innovation, Technological Change, Entrepreneurship, Experimentation


I am a PhD Candidate in Management at The Wharton School. I study innovation in entrepreneurship, established enterprises, and policy-making. I am on the job market in 2018-2019. Please visit my personal website for more information.

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I study innovation across various organizational settings, including entrepreneurial ventures, large enterprises, and policy. My dissertation investigates the role of experimentation in early-stage ventures.

  • Andrea Contigiani (Draft), Experimentation and Appropriability in Early-Stage Ventures.

  • Andrea Contigiani, David Hsu, Iwan Barankay (2018), Trade Secrets and Innovation: Evidence from the ‘Inevitable Disclosure’ Doctrine, Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.

  • Daniel A Levinthal and Andrea Contigiani (2018), Situating the Construct of Lean Startup: Adjacent "Conversations" and Possible Future Directions, Industrial and Corporate Change, Forthcoming.

  • Andrea Contigiani and Trevor Young-Hyman (Draft), Evaluation of Early-Stage Ventures: Combinations of Experimentation, Planning, and Structure.


I received the Certificate in College and University Teaching from Penn’s Center for Teaching and Learning. I have extensive experience as instructor and teaching assistant, having worked in courses on entrepreneurship, management, finance, and research methods, and interacted with students from the undergraduate program, the MBA, and the executive MBA.

Past Courses


    We all spend much of our lives in organizations. Most of us are born in organizations, educated in organizations, and work in organizations. Organizations emerge because individuals can't (or don't want to) accomplish their goals alone. Management is the art and science of helping individuals achieve their goals together. Managers in an organization determine where their organization is going and how it gets there. More formally, managers formulate strategies and implement those strategies. This course provides a framework for understanding the opportunities and challenges involved in formulating and implementing strategies by taking a "system" view of organizations,which means that we examine multiple aspects of how managers address their environments, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people, and outputs, and how managerial decisions made in these various domains interrelate. The course will help you to understand and analyze how managers can formulate and implement strategies effectively. It will be particularly valuable if you are interested in management consulting, investment analysis, or entrepreneurship - but it will help you to better understand and be a more effective contributor to any organizations you join, whether they are large, established firms or startups.


Latest Research

Andrea Contigiani (Draft), Experimentation and Appropriability in Early-Stage Ventures.
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