Assistant Professor
Management of Organizations | Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Researcher focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy


Abhishek Nagaraj is an Assistant Professor in the Management and Organizations (MORS) group at Berkeley Haas. He earned his PhD in Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management (TIES) group. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and a B.Tech in Computer Science from the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).

Nagaraj’s research is in the area of innovation management and entrepreneurship, where he studies the role of intellectual property in digital markets, the impact of government information on the private-sector, and the design of crowdsourcing communities. He is particularly interested in the impact of maps and digital, geographic information on the economy.

His work has received a number of awards including the BPS Wiley Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Best Dissertation Award, the J. Roberts Beyster Fellowship, as well as the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. In addition to his teaching, Nagaraj teaches Entrepreneurial Strategy and enjoys advising early-stage startups.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Innovation
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Mapping
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Big Data and the Digital Economy
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • Open Innovation