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Nile Hatch

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship,
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Nile W. Hatch is an associate professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and is the Farr research fellow at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. He joined the Marriott School faculty in 2000 in strategic management and joined the entrepreneurship group in 2007 when it was created. He teaches entrepreneurship, innovation, and analytics. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University. Before coming to the Marriott School, he taught strategy at the University of Illinois. His research focuses innovation as a learning process to resolve uncertainty, find the unknown and unmet needs of customers, how they innovate to solve them, and how they compete with rivals once they enter. He addresses this process of innovating through learning through the lenses of learning curves, disruptive innovation, the social value of innovation, cognition in innovation, entry timing, competition, and trust as learning through repeated interaction. His research has appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing, Harvard Business Review, Management Science, Journal of Mechanical Design, Sloan Management Review, and the Strategic Management Journal.


  • PHD, Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
  • MS, Economics, Brigham Young University, 1989
  • BS, Agricultural Economics, Brigham Young University, 1988

Group Affiliations

  • INFORMS — 1997–0
  • Academy of Management — 1996–0
  • Strategic Management Society — 1996–0

Selected Publications

  • "A computational simulation-based framework for estimating potential product impact during product design", Design Science, Edition 15, Volume 7, 2021
  • "The Performance Effects of Competing Representations of Rivalry in Novel Innovation", Academy of Management Proceedings, Volume 2019, Academy of Management, 2019
  • "Over-Design Versus Redesign as a Response to Future Requirements", Journal of Mechanical Design, Edition 3, Volume 141, Page 13, ASME, 2019
  • "Over-Design Versus Redesign As a Response to Future Requirements", Proceedings of ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, ASME, 2018
  • "Competing Against Free", Harvard Business Review, Pages 104-111, Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA, 2011
  • "Dual-Track Versus Single-Track Sell-Outs: An Empirical Analysis of Competing Harvest Strategies", Volume 25, Pages 389-402, Journal of Business Venturing, 2010
  • "Researching Corporate Social Responsibility: An Agenda for the 21st Century", Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 70, 2007
  • "Relation-Specific Capabilities and Barriers to Knowledge Transfers: Creating Relationship through Network Relationships", Strategic Management Journal, Volume 27, 2006
  • "Human Capital and Learning by Doing as a Source of Sustainable Competitive Advantage", Strategic Management Journal, Volume 25, Pages 1155-1178, 2004
  • "Using Supplier Networks to Learn Faster", Sloan Management Review, Volume 45, Pages 57-63, 2004



  • Director, American Merchants Life Insurance Company, 1998–2000


  • Director, Reassure America Life Insurance Company, 1998–2000


  • Teaching Excellence Award, Marriott School, 2007
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, 2006
  • Sumantra Ghoshal Research and Practice Award (joint with Jeff Dyer), Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, 2004
  • Best Paper Award Runner-up, Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management, 1997


  • Dutch; Flemish

BYU Citizenship

  • Entrepreneurship Group Leader — Committee/Council Chair — September 2007–August 2019
  • College Curriculum Committee — Committee/Council Member — September 2015–0
  • Marriott School Curriculum Committee — Committee/Council Member — 2007–2009
  • MBA High Technology Club — Student Org Advisor — 2004–2009
  • Business Plan Competition — Other — May 2007–May 2009
  • MBA field study: Governors Task Force on Technology Transfer — Other — 2000–2000

Professional Citizenship

  • Technology Management Section of INFORMS, Officer, 2009–2011
  • Knowledge, Learning, and Intellectual Capital, Officer, 2005–2011
  • Teaching Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, Committee/Council Member, 2003–2005