Kinde Wubneh, Northeastern University

Kinde Wubneh


Assistant Professor

Research and Teaching Interests

Innovation; technology adaptation and change; external influences on innovation, healthcare, and startups

Wubneh’s research interests lie broadly in two domains.  The first line of work examines the role external influences (e.g. regulators, financial analysts, or third party evaluators) on firm adaptability to changes in technology, and the impact on innovation trajectories. In the second line of work, looking at firms shift and pace among innovation modes that must be pursued for longer term organizational performance.  His teaching interests and expertise focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology strategy, particularly in contexts where institutions are salient.  He also has expertise and an emphasis on healthcare settings such as pharmaceuticals and the economics of healthcare. 

Industry and Academic Experience

Prior to his Ph.D., Wubneh worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting in New York City.  As a consultant, Wubneh’s expertise included industries such as healthcare, consumer products, aerospace, and heavy industrials.  He also worked for New York Presbyterian Hospital as a data analytics specialist serving multiple hospitals and health service domains.  Some sample projects include healthcare resource optimization, developing analytics models for new regulatory requirements for the hospital, as well as prediction models for patient readmissions, both for chronic and emergent conditions. 

Service to the Profession

Wubneh serves as a reviewer for Organization Science.  Wubneh is an engaged member of the Academy of Management, and the Strategic Management Society.  He also is an active participant in the Management Faculty of Color, the Ph.D. Project, and the Tenure Project. 

Selected Publication

  • Wubneh, K.(2020). Do you see what I see? Corporate venture capital, institutional environment risk, and investment in new ventures. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 40(14). 

Selected Presentations

“When Good Timing Makes for a Rhythm: Pacing Shifts Between Exploration and Exploitation in the Medical Devices Industry”.  Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation (CCC), 2021

“Yes, Get Closer to Your Enemies: Rivals’ Product Entry and Focal Firm’s Shifts in Exploration Focus”. Strategic Management Society Conference, 2021; Academy of Management Conference, 2021; Meet Universities & Colleges in Boston Symposium, 2021

“New Wine in an Old Bottle? How Analysts Evaluate Product Failures During
Technological Change”.  PhD Project-Baruch College Research Symposium, 2020; Strategic Management Society 2019

“Do You See What I See? Corporate Venture Capital, Institutional Environment Risk, and Investment in New Ventures”.  Stanford GSB Rising Scholars Conference, 2020

Awards and Recognition

  • UT Austin, Professional Development Award (2019)
  • Best Reviewer Award, Strategic Management (STR), Academy of Management (2017, 2020)