Carolyn Fu

PhD Candidate, Economic Sociology
MIT Sloan School of Management



I study innovation strategy in incumbent organizations — specifically, how their interactions with the wider innovation ecosystem can uncover new sources of value. I utilize both computational simulations and qualitative archival methods in my work.

I previously worked in defence research, leading projects on elite combat performance. I also led a non-profit organization raising entrepreneurial intention in Singapore. I have degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University.


My dissertation explores how an incumbent in a cultural market was constrained by audience heterogeneity and market structure in its attempts to learn.

Manuscripts in Progress:

  • Fu, CJ (2020). "Draw Near to Go Far: The Role of Convergence in Capitalizing on Exploration". Working Paper. R&R at Organization Science.