Olga M. Khessina

Olga M. Khessina

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

364 Sage Hall
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
Phone: 607-255-7284

Professor Khessina's research interests lie in the industrial evolution, corporate demography, and entrepreneurship. She explores issues related to technological change and innovation, product demography, the emergence of new organizational forms, the role of regional identities in spatial arrangements of industries, and the role of social and human capital in industry evolution. Her empirical research is focused on the optical disk drive industry, the disk array drive industry, corporate law firms, and the biotechnology industry. Khessina has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Science and Advances in Strategic Management. Her teaching interests include strategy, organization theory, and the management of technology and innovation. She received her doctoral degree from the University of California at Berkeley, her master's degree from Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree from Moscow State University.


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Published Papers

Working Papers

  • Khessina, Olga M..  "Entry Mode and Technological Change in the Worldwide Optical Disk Drive Industry"

  • Khessina, Olga M.; Carlos, William Chad.  "Firm Name Selection and Resource Acquisition in Late Imperial Russia, 1861-1913"

  • Khessina, Olga M..  "Hidden Costs of Technological Innovation and Firm Survival"

  • Verhaal, J. C.; Khessina, Olga M.; Dobrev, S.; Grant, J..  "Oppositional Product Names and Product Appeal in the U.S. Craft Beer Market, 1996-2012"

  • Khessina, Olga M.; Romanelli, Elaine Frances.  "Perceptually Focused Firms and Development of Regional Industrial Identities in the U.S. Biotherapeutics Industry"

  • Khessina, Olga M.; Romanelli, Elaine Frances.  "Regional Industrial Identity and Spatial Arrangements in the U.S. Biotechnology Industry, 1976-2004"

  • Khessina, Olga M.; Jaffee, Jonathan.  "The Evolving Role of Educational Prestige as a Signal in the Silicon Valley Corporate Legal Market, 1928-1998"

  • Yu, Gun Jea; Khessina, Olga M..  "The Role of Exploration in Firm Survival in the Worldwide Optical Library Market, 1990-1998"

  • Khessina, Olga M..  "What's in a Name? Demography of Product Names and Product Innovation in the Worldwide Optical Disk Drive Industry, 1983-1999"

Book Chapters

Technical Reports

  • Khessina, Olga M., 2001, The Worldwide Optical Disk Drive Industry: 1983-1999, The Information Storage Industry Center UC San Diego.