Hello, and welcome to my site. I'm an assistant professor of Management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where I study strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. I did my doctoral work at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, in the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University.
I study strategy and entrepreneurship in technology-based industries like solar, medical devices, and social media. These settings are challenging because they require constant innovation as well as collaboration, but require firms to interact within the context of substantial competitive and technological uncertainty. As a result, it's often unclear where opportunities lie and what must be done to capture them. My research examines how firms navigate these challenges. I ask questions such as: How do firms identify opportunities in uncertain environments? What segments of an emerging industry do firms enter, and how do they re-position themselves as the industry evolves? When, and how, can firms succeed against superior competitors? I employ a variety of research methods, including inductive case studies, formal models, and simulation.
I hold a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to this life, I co-founded an environmental advocacy group that soared far higher than we had imagined (the Big Green Bus), worked as an analyst at the Cadmus Group in Boston and as a Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and enjoyed a stint on a wonderful farm in Lesotho. Feel free to drop me a line at douglas [dot] hannah [at] mccombs [dot] utexas [dot] edu, or find me on LinkedIn.
My CV is available here.