Internationalizing-Innovation Profiles And High-Technology: Does Lone Genius Matter?

2016-08-11 16:53:09

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business invites you to Research Seminar “INTERNATIONALIZING-INNOVATION PROFILES AND HIGH-TECHNOLOGY: DOES LONE GENIUS MATTER?” by Monte J.Shaffer, University of Arizona

WHEN: Tuesday, July 16th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Block C-3/new GSB/GSPP Building, 3rd floor, Room 3.037

Seminar Monte


Innovation-performance research when conducted at the firm level neglects the role of innovation that is created without firm involvement. In this research article, the authors test Schumpeter’s lone-genius hypothesis—change in economic life always starts with the actions of a forceful individual. To do so, the authors introduce country-level internationalizing-innovation profiles (IIPs), which characterize a country’s innovation resources, and internationalizing-innovation experience (IIE), which characterizes a country’s level of patenting activity into the United States. Using fixed-effects panel data analysis for 50 countries from 1990 through 2010, the authors demonstrate that a country’s IIP moderated by IIE influences high-technology exports. The findings suggest that lone genius does have an impact, depending on the phase of a country’s IIE development. The implications of these findings for theory, public policy, and international marketing managers are discussed.


Monte J. Shaffer is owner/founder of Entrepreneurial Innovation, LLC (DBA Patent Rank) which was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) small-business-innovation-research (SBIR) grant to commercialize the innovation outlined in his dissertation. Monte previously was an Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Washington State University in 2011. Monte studies innovation, primarily using patent data. Utilizing his unique skills in mathematics, data mining, market research, computer algorithms, Monte has been developing a patent data repository for academics.”Monte from Montana” was born and raised near Glacier National Park. He is a strong, sober mind that likes to solve problems in order to help people. Following in his father’s footsteps, he began teaching high school mathematics (BYU: mathematics with minors in Physics and Spanish). The excitement of the dot-com era led Monte to Monterey California where he became a Senior Software Engineer doing web-application development for an Internet Company. Following the bubble-burst, he returned to BYU (MBA: Marketing Research). Monte concurrently received his Ph.D. in Marketing and a M.S. in Statistics at WSU in Pullman, Washington. After doing a postdoc at the University of Arizona,Monte was awarded a NSF SBIR grant and started his own business enabling him with additional resources to studyinnovation using patent data. Generally, he likes to identify innovative statistical techniques that can help solve marketing problems. Outside of Marketing, Monte enjoys his family, a good game of basketball, golf, and chess.