Ph.D., Management & Organization, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
M.Phil., Management & Organization, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
MBA, Management, San Diego State University, USA
B.A., Administration, San Diego State University, USA
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Corey Phelps is Associate Professor of Strategy and Desautels Faculty Fellow at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. He also serves as the Associate Dean of Executive Education for the Faculty. In this role, Professor Phelps oversees three executive masters programs (the McGill-HEC EMBA, IMPM and IMHL) and the McGill Executive Institute, which is responsible for public and customized executive programs. He is also a member of the Faculty executive and academic committees. Prior to arriving at McGill, he was a faculty member at HEC Paris (2009-2014) and the Foster School of Business, University of Washington (2001-2009). He completed his Ph.D. at the Stern School of Business, New York University. At McGill, Professor Phelps teaches in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and executive education programs. At HEC, he taught in similar programs and directed the HEC-Atos GOLD Talent Development Program, which received the EFMD Excellence in Practice Award for best custom talent development program. His extensive executive teaching and program development experience includes programs in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Professor Phelps received the 2012 Pierre Vernimmen BNP Paribas Award for the best teaching at HEC. At UW he received undergraduate and MBA professor of the year awards and was a finalist for the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Corey's book - Cracked It! How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants - co-authored with Olivier Sibony and Bernard Garrette, was published in summer 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr. Phelps’s research focuses on understanding how companies use strategic alliances, acquisitions, and corporate venture capital to enhance their agility and growth. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Journal of Management. A portion of this research was funded by a grant from the United States National Science Foundation. His research has received the Academy of Management Technology and Innovation Management Division’s Best Dissertation Award, The State Farm Companies Foundation Dissertation Award, and the 2012 INFORMS Technology Management Best Paper Award. He is Program Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management, past Chairperson for the Knowledge & Innovation Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing and Strategic Organization.
Competitive strategy, Corporate venturing, Scenario planning, Real options, Social networks, Innovation management, Design thinking
HEC Paris School of Management (2009-2014)
Foster School of Business, University of Washington (2001-2009)
Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Wadhwa, A., Phelps, C. & Kotha, S. (2016) Corporate venture capital portfolios and firm innovation. Journal of Business Venturing, 31: 95-112.
Basu, S., Phelps, C., & Kotha, S. (2016). Search and integration in external venturing: An inductive examination of corporate venture capital units. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 10: 129-152.
Heidl, R., Steensma, H.K. & Phelps, C. (2014) Divisive faultlines and the unplanned dissolutions of multipartner alliances. Organization Science, 25 (5): 1351-1371.
Singh, P.V. & Phelps, C. (2013). Networks, social influence and the choice among competing innovations: Insights from open source software licenses. Information Systems Research, 24: 539-560. [equal authorship]
Phelps, C., Heidl, R. & Wadhwa, A. (2012). Knowledge, networks, and knowledge networks: A review and research agenda. Annual Review Issue, Journal of Management, 38 (4): 1115 – 1166.
Basu, S., Phelps, C., & Kotha, S. (2011). Towards understanding who makes corporate venture capital investments and why. Journal of Business Venturing, 26: 153-171.
Phelps, C. (2010). A longitudinal study of the influence of alliance network structure and composition on firm exploratory innovation. Academy of Management Journal, 53: 890-913.
Yang, H., Phelps, C. & Steensma, H.K. (2010). Learning from what others have learned from you: The effects of knowledge spillovers on originating firms. Academy of Management Journal, 53: 371-89. 2011 Syntec Management Consulting Best Article Award in the Category "Management, HR,Organization".
Schilling, M. & Phelps, C. (2007). Interfirm collaboration networks and knowledge creation: The impact of large scale network structure on firm innovation. Management Science, 53: 1113-1126. 2012 INFORMS Technology Management Best Paper Award.
Shamsie, J., Phelps, C., & Kuperman, J. (2004). Better late than never: A study of late entrants in household electrical equipment. Strategic Management Journal, 25: 69-84.
Morrison, E.W. & Phelps, C. (1999). Taking charge at work: Extra-role efforts to initiate workplace change. Academy of Management Journal, 42, 403-419.
Books and Edited Volumes
Cracked It! How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants, with Olivier Sibony and Bernard Garrette. Palgrave Macmillan.
Chapters in Books
Wadhwa, A., Phelps, C. & Kotha, S. (2009). Creating exploratory innovations by learning from entrepreneurial ventures. In D. Audretsch, G. Dagnino, R. Faraci, and R. Hoskisson (Eds.), New Frontiers in Entrepreneurship: Recognizing, Seizing and Executing Opportunities. Springer.
Schilling, M.A. & Phelps, C. (2007). Interfirm collaboration networks: The impact of network structure on rates of innovation. In W. Baumol, E. Sheshinki, and P. Dougherty (Eds.), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Growth Mechanism of the Free-Market Economies, Chapter 6 (pp. 100-131). Princeton University Press
Lant, T. & Phelps, C. (1999). Strategic groups: A situated learning perspective. In A. Miner & P. Anderson (Eds.), Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 16 (pp. 219-245). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
Garud, R., Jain, S., & Phelps, C. (1998). Organizational linkages and product transience: New strategic imperatives in network fields. In J.A.C. Baum (Ed.), Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 15 (pp. 205-237). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
- Desautels Faculty Fellow, Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill U.)
- 2013 EFMD Excellence in Practice Award in Talent Development category for HEC-Atos GOLD Talent Development Program (Academic Director).
- 2012 INFORMS Technology Management Best Paper Award, for article: Interfirm collaboration networks and knowledge creation: The impact of large scale network structure on firm innovation.
- Pierre Vernimmen BNP Paribas Teaching Award (2012), HEC Paris (award for best overall teaching)
- Top 10 Research Awards, HEC Paris (2011, 2012)
- 2011 Syntec Management Consulting Best Article Award in the Category "Management, HR,
Organization," for article: Learning from what others have learned from you: The effects of knowledge spillovers on originating firms.
- Evening MBA Program Professor of the Year (2009), Foster School
- Wells Fargo Faculty Award for Undergraduate Teaching (2008), Foster School
- Finalist (1 of 20), University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award (2008)
- Neal & Jan Dempsey Faculty Fellowship, 2007-9, Foster School
- Academy of Management TIM Division Best Dissertation Award (2004)
- State Farm Companies Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award (2002)
- National Science Foundation Grant, SES-0521839: The Influence of Pre-acquisition Alliance Experience with a Target on Acquirer Performance. Sole PI. 8/2005- 8/2008. $159,102.
- UW Royalty Research Fund Grant. Corporate Venture Capital: Towards Understanding Who Does it and Why. Sole PI. 8/2006 – 8/2007. $32,244.