Andre Laplume

Andre Laplume


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Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business and Economics

  • BS in Computer Science, University of Manitoba
  • MBA in General Management, University of Manitoba
  • PhD in Strategic Management, University of Manitoba


Dr. Laplume is interested in how entrepreneurs and organizations gain competitive advantage, the process and outcomes of innovation and technological change, as well as stakeholder management and environmental sustainability. His dissertation research examined how organizations balance exploration and exploitation over time in varying environments to achieve competitive advantage through innovation. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he worked as a business and information technology consultant for several years, helping clients to plan, build, select, buy, and implement enterprise systems.

Research Focus

Dr. Laplume's uses quantitative, qualitative, and simulation methods in his research. As an example of his qualitative research, he recently studied an organization that operated in a highly competitive industry, looking to identify the underlying factors that enabled them to be innovative successfully. He spent three months on site, attending high-level meetings, interviewing managers and analyzing company data. The project helped Laplume and his co-investigators develop new theory about how firms balance exploration and exploitation without falling into failure traps. 

Teaching Interests

  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Research Interests

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Ambidexterity
  • Technological Evolution
  • Stakeholder Theory

Selected Publications

  • Laplume, A. O., Oliveira, E., Dass, P., and Thakur, R. (2015) "The organizational advantage in early inventing and patenting: Empirical evidence from interference proceedings", forthcoming in Technovation.
  • Laplume, A.O., Dass, P. (2014). "Outstreaming for ambidexterity: Evolving a firm's core business from components to systems by serving internal and external customers", forthcoming in Long Range Planning.
  • Laplume, A. O., Pathak, S., Castro Oliveira, E. M. R. (2014) "The politics of intellectual property rights regimes: An empirical study of new technology use in entrepreneurship Technovation, 34(12): 807-816.
  • Laplume, A. O., Srivastava, M. (2014). "Firm newness, product novelty and aesthetic failure" Management Decision, 52(10): 1952-1967.
  • Laplume, A.O., Sonpar, K., Litz, R.A. (2008). "Stakeholder theory: A longitudinal review of a theory that moves us." Journal of Management, 32(6): 1152-1189.
  • Muralidharan, E., Bapuji, H., Laplume, (2014). A. O. "Influence of institutional profile on time to recall" forthcoming in Management Research Review.
  • Oliveira, E., Laplume, A., and Pathak, S. (2015) "Economic Inequality as a moderator of the relationship between human and financial capital, and entrepreneurship", forthcoming in Human Relations.
  • Pathak, S., Castro Oliveira, E., Laplume, A.O. (2013). "Influence of intellectual property, foreign investment, and technological adoption on technology entrepreneurship" Journal of Business Research, 66(10): 2090-2101.
  • Srivastava, M. K., Laplume, A. O. (2014). "Matching technology strategy with knowledge structure: Implications on firm’s Tobin’s q in the semiconductor industry" Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 33: 93-112.
  • Walker, K., Laplume, A.O. (2014). "Sustainability fellowships: The potential for collective stakeholder influence" European Business Review, 26(2): 149-168.