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Kevin A Miceli 

Instructor - KFBS Undergraduate program 
Adjunct Professor - MBA@UNC 
P​hD Candidate (Strategy and Entrepreneurship), entered 2011
McColl Bldg. PhD Suite 4600


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email: Kevin_Miceli (at) 


Kenan-Flagler Business School
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill              
McColl Building, Campus Box 3490           
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

                                University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School                                   
Ph.D.                      Strategy and Entrepreneurship                                                                                              Expected 2016
MS                          Management                                                                                                                                              2015          
                                Awarded the 2014 Lee/Wahal award for Best Up and Coming PhD student in the business school
                                Awarded a CIBER Grant ($2000) to support my first-year summer paper
                                The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business                                                                             
MBA                      Corporate Finance and Strategy                                                                                                             2011
                                Awarded University Fellowship and Academic Honors
                                Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honor Society
                                Studied abroad at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Fall 2010
                                Carnegie Mellon University                                                                                                                            
B.S.                         Mechanical Engineering, minor in Psychology                                                                                     2004
                                Graduated with University Honors
                                Inducted into Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society


Research Interests:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Inventor and start-up strategies, Evolutionary perspective on knowledge and technology creation



From the Garage Inventor to the Garage Entrepreneur

Committee: Atul Nerkar (advisor), Scott Rockart, Rich Bettis, Chris Bingham, Howard Aldrich

Abstract: The American garage serves as the backdrop for the image of the independent entrepreneur.  However, literature highlights the importance of resources for entrepreneurs that are derived from experience in firms, universities, or markets.  This dissertation investigates how different knowledge sources are used in garage invention that results in garage entrepreneurship.  In studying the process and knowledge used by garage entrepreneurs, it studies the competitive and technological environment that is conducive for independent invention turned entrepreneurship.



Projects in Process
Effects of Aging Resources on Firm and Industry Dynamics (with Scott Rockart, Status: R&R requested at Strategic Management Journal)
Extreme Success and Failure in Pharmaceutical R&D: Evidence Based on the Bayh-Dole and Hatch-Waxman Acts (with Atul Nerkar, Status: Reject and Resubmit at Strategic Management Journal)
Birth of Knowledge: New Innovations Without Recombination (with Tian Chen and Changhyun Kim, Status: Draft completed – presented full paper and revising for submission to Organization Science)
Team-Based Outlier Innovation in Pharmaceutical R&D (in progress project with Atul Nerkar and Matthew Pearsall)
Other Publications
Nerkar, A., & Miceli, KA. 2013. Boundary Spanning. Invited book chapter in Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, Augier, M., & Teece, DJ (eds).





Kevin Miceli, Changhyun Kim, Tian Chen “Doing, Using, and Having (done): The Performance of Pioneering Technology”
- Strategic Management Society, upcoming October 2015, Denver, CO
Tian Chen, Changhyun Kim, Kevin Miceli “Birth of Knowledge: New Innovations Without Recombination”
- Darden/Judge Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference, June 2015, Cambridge, UK
- Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, October 2014, Madrid, Spain
Kevin MiceliFrom Garage Inventor to Garage Entrepreneur”
                - CCC Doctoral Consortium, April 2014, Boston MA
Kevin Miceli, Matt Pearsall, Atul Nerkar “Team-Based Outlier Innovation in Pharmaceutical R&D”
- Strategic Management Society Special Conference on Embracing Individuals, June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
Scott Rockart and Kevin Miceli. “Aging Resources and the Effects on Firm and Industry Dynamics”
- Duke University, November 2013 (presented by co-author)
- Mid-Atlantic Strategic Conference, March 2014, University of Tennessee
- DRUID Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, July 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark
Kevin Miceli “Where’s My Hybrid: Evolutionary Development of the Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Technology”
- Strategic Management Society 2013 Annual Meeting, September 2013, Atlanta, GA.
- Academy of Management 2013 Annual Meeting, August 2013, Orlando, FL.
- Mid-Atlantic Strategic Conference, February 2013, Blacksburg, VA.
Atul Nerkar and Kevin Miceli. “Extreme Success and Failure in Pharmaceutical R&D: Evidence Based on the Bayh-Dole and Hatch-Waxman Acts”
-Sumantra Ghoshal Conference on Managerially Relevant Research, June 2013, London, UK. (co-presented)
-Darden/Judge Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Conference, May 2013, Charlottesville, VA.
-Wharton Technology and Innovation Conference, April 2013, Philadelphia, PA.  (presented by Atul Nerkar)
-Strategic Management Society Special Conference on Outliers, March 2013, Geneva, Switzerland.


Wharton Mack Emerging Scholars Workshop on Evolutionary Perspectives, June 2013
AOM Annual Conference, August 2014, Philadelphia, PA (Discussant during PDW on Innovation in the Automotive Industry)
AOM Annual Conference, August 2013, Orlando, FL (TIM Doctoral Consortium participant)
AOM Annual Conference, August 2012, Boston, MA (New Doctoral Student Consortium participant)
AIB Annual Conference, July 2012, Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic Strategic Colloquium, 2012-2014 (and doctoral student workshop)



Primary Instructor:
BUSI590           Undergraduate Strategic Innovation      Fall 2014
- Created new elective for the undergraduate curriculum, proposed the class to the business school faculty and marketed the class to students.


MBA@UNC        Introduction to Entrepreneurship           July 2014 (2 sections), October 2014 (1 section), January 2015 (sections)
-Section Faculty in the graduate-level entrepreneurship course in UNC's #1 ranked online MBA program

Teaching Assistant:


BUSI411            Undergraduate Strategic Management      Fall 2013

(Core Undergraduate Course taught by Kristin Wilson and Changhyun Kim)

MBA828C           Strategic Innovation                              Winter 2013
MBA835             Intro to Entrepreneurship                      Winter 2013

(Elective Strategy Courses for Atul Nerkar)



MBA828C           Strategic Innovation                              Winter 2012
MBA835             Intro to Entrepreneurship                      Winter 2012

(Elective Strategy Courses for Atul Nerkar) 


Executive Education Facilitator:

OneMBA            MBA Team Building Program                   December 2012
WeekendMBA13 MBA Team Building Program                   April 2012
EveningMBA13   MBA Team Building Program                   November 2011

(Team Building Modules for Mabel Miguel)


                                                   ACADEMIC SERVICE AND AFFLILATIONS


Reviewer – SMS Conferences 2014
Reviewer – AOM Annual Conference 2013 - 2015
Reviewer – AIB Annual Conference 2013
Ad-hoc Reviewer – Journal of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Industrial and Corporate Change
President of the Kenan-Flagler PhD Student Association, 2013-2015
AOM Annual Meeting 2013 – Session Chair for TIM Paper Session “The Innovation Process”
Strategic Management Society:       Interest Groups: Competitive Strategy and Knowledge & Innovation
Academy of Management:               Divisions: TIM, BPS, ENT




Professional Experience:


Cardinal Health
Corporate Treasury Intern
Dublin, OH
Jun 2010 – Aug 2010
GE Transportation
Project Manager, New Product Introduction
Erie, PA
 2008 -  2009
Reliability Manager, DC Locomotive Models
 2007 -  2008

Edison Engineering Development Program
Rotational Program with the following roles:
Off-Highway Vehicle Cost-Out Engineer
Controls and Software Release Coordinator
 2005 – 2007
Engine Performance Engineer
Locomotive Test-2nd Shift Supervisor