Department of Strategy and Innovation

Professor with special responsibilities

Room: KIL/14.A-3.65
E-mail: kd.si@cbs.dk
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Kristina is an organizational scholar who studies innovation and learning. She does empirical research on multiple levels of analysis: individual, team, technology and organizational as well as networks and has studied the tennis racket industry, phone operators, cellular equipment manufacturers, freight rail, robotics and medical devices. Her data set are multi-firm and multi-year to allow for dynamic analyses.

Before joining CBS Kristina worked at the University of Oxford as an Associate Professor on Engineering and Entrepreneurship. She has also worked at HEC Paris, King’s College London and the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in Organizational Theory and Behavior from Carnegie Mellon University in the US.


Primary research areas

Innovation, strategy, organizational learning

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  • Hot Topics in Management
  • Strategic Management of Innovation


  • Negotiation Theory and Practice,
  • Growth and Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Open Innovation in the Life Sciences
Other teaching activities

Kristina is involved in the joint University of Oxford-HEC Paris program on managing change where she tutors corporate executives.

Selected publications

Dahlin, K., Chuang, Y. and T. Roulet. 2018. “Opportunity, motivation and ability to learn from failures and errors: Review, synthesis and ways to move forward.” Academy of Management Annals. 12(1): 252-277. https://doi.org/10.5465/annals.2016.0049
Chuang, Y., Dahlin, K., Thomson, K., Lai, Y. and C. Yong. 2018. “Multi-market contact, strategic alliances and firm performance.” Journal of Management. 44(4):1551-1572. 4* doi: 10.1177/0149206315615399.

Susan K. Cohen, Sean T. Hsu, Kristina B. Dahlin. 2016. “With Whom Do Technology Sponsors Partner During Technology Battles? Social Networking Strategies for Unproven (and Proven) Technologies." Organization Science 27(4):846-872. 4*
doi: 10.1287/orsc.2016.1063
Baum, J. and K. Dahlin. 2007. “Aspiration performance and railroads’ patterns of learning from train wrecks and crashes.”  Organization Science special issue “The Behavioral Theory of the Firm: 40 years and counting”, 18 (3): 368-285. 4*

Dahlin, K., Weingart, L. and P. Hinds. 2005. “Team diversity and information use.” Academy of Management Journal, 48(6): 1107-1127. 4*

Dahlin, K. and D. Behrens. 2005. “When is an invention really radical? Defining and measuring technological radicalness.” Research Policy, 34: 717-737. 4

Åstebro, T. and K. Dahlin. 2005. “Opportunity Knocks.” Research Policy, 34 (9): 1404-1418. 4
Dahlin, K, Taylor, M. and M. Fichman. 2004. “Today’s Edisons or weekend hobbyists: Technical merit and success of inventions by independent inventors.“ Research Policy, 33 (8): 1167-1183. 4

Dahlin, K. 1993.”Diffusion and industrial dynamics in the robot industry." International Journal of Technology Management. Vol.8 (3-5): 259-281. 2

Publications sorted by:
Holmer Kok; Kristina B. Dahlin / Novelty or Noise? : The Hunt for the Perfect Patent Novelty Metric.
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-third Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2023, 1 p. (Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Academic Interests

Current research projects:

  1. Measuring technology. How can we correctly assess novelty in patents?
  2. Risk and rewards to novelty. Who benefits from novelty?
  3. Firm responses to radical innovation. Why do some firms keep investing in the old technology after a technological breakthrough?
  4. Failure learning. My accidents or yours? The role of regulators in reducing train accidents.
  5. The role of technical standards in firm competition – the winner rarely takes it all.
  6. Suicide and organizations. Social connectedness at work as a protection from going from idea to action.
Research Projects