(* indicates presentation by co-author)

Commercial Drones

Exploring the emergence of the commercial drone industry with Mahka Moeen.

[1] Shermon, A., Moeen, M. "Zooming Out or Zooming In? Entrants’ Product Portfolios in the Nascent Drone Industry" (Conditionally accepted at Strategic Management Journal) 

  • Awards & Nominations: Nominated for Best Paper at SMS Frankfurt Special Conference 2019

  • Presentations: SMS Paris Annual Conference (2018)*, SMS Frankfurt Special Conference (2019)*, Academy of Management (Boston, 2019), Bocconi Assembly for Innovation and Cooperation (2019)*, Utah-BYU Winter Strategy Conference (2020)*, Strategy Science Conference (2020)*, Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Workshop (2020)*, SMS Online Annual Conference (2020)

[2] Shermon, A., Moeen, M., & Bingham, C. "Inventing for Legitimacy: Evidence from the Nascent Drone Industry" (data collection & analysis)

  • Awards & Nominations: $4,500 research grant from the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise (2020)

  • Presentations: East Coast Doctoral Conference (2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19), Academy of Management (2020), SMS Toronto Annual Conference (2021)


Graphene is a carbon nanomaterial and an emerging general-purpose technology, with potential market applications in consumer electronics, sensors, energy (batteries & supercapacitors), drug delivery, polymers & composites, paint & coatings, and many more.

[3] Shermon, A. "How Science Shapes Alliance Portfolios with General-Purpose Technologies: Evidence from the Graphene Industry" (working paper) 

  • Awards & Nominations: $10,000 research grant from the Strategy Research Foundation Dissertation Program (2019)

  • Presentations: Research Policy Conference for Early Career Researchers (2021), East Coast Doctoral Conference (2021), SMS Toronto Annual Conference (2021), Academy of Management (2021)