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Anavir Shermon

Assistant Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Organizations, Strategy & International Management
Jindal School of Management
University of Texas at Dallas


Anavir's research focuses on technology strategy and entrepreneurship, specifically examining how startups and large firms can improve their ability to develop and commercialize new technologies. His current research delves into three main areas:

  1. understanding the role of prior experience in enabling and constraining startup founders' decision-making processes

  2. understanding how firms find viable market opportunities for their new technologies

  3. investigating the potential challenges, benefits, and drawbacks that startups face when sourcing various types of resources and capital

He explores these topics using novel datasets in high-tech industries, including carbon nanomaterials (i.e., nanotubes, graphene), commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., drones), and the commercial space economy. His work has been published in the Strategic Management Journal.


Outside of research, Anavir currently teaches a class on Technology & New Product Development for graduate students at UT-Dallas. This case-based class broadly examines contemporary issues that companies face with regard to innovation and product development, leveraging case studies on Adobe, Apple, Barcelona FC, De Beers, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Kodak, Meta, Uber, and more. Previously, Anavir taught Corporate Strategy to undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill. 


Before joining the Jindal School of Management, he received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship group. He also holds a BSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor. A strong proponent of global experiences, Anavir spends much time across the U.S., Canada, India and traveling to new countries. 


Committed to translating academic research into practical knowledge for society, Anavir also enjoys collaborating with entrepreneurs to help them construct their innovation strategies, develop business models, and find target markets to deploy their products. Please reach out at

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