Chihmao ‘Shay’ Hsieh (謝之茂) is currently Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship with the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and the Amsterdam School of Economics under the Faculty of Economics & Business at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in the Netherlands, teaching Cases in Entrepreneurship and coordinating the Entrepreneurship Minor (Spring semesters). Dr. Hsieh comes to ACE and the UvA after serving as Assistant Professor of Business at Missouri University of Science & Technology (USA, 2006-2009) and as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Washington University’s Olin School of Business (USA, 2005).
Before beginning PhD studies, Dr. Hsieh worked at the Cummins Engine Company (a Fortune 300 company, now Cummins Inc.) as an industrial engineer in corporate manufacturing, mainly researching, designing, and managing best practices in failsafing of assembly across all Cummins’ plants in North America. One of his bigger projects involved researching and designing corporate-wide bar-coding practices, and then coordinating both inter-plant operations and inter-organizational agreements with vendors. Besides working at Cummins, he has also worked at the Ford Motor Company.
Dr. Hsieh generally researches knowledge-oriented approaches to strategy, value creation, international business, and entrepreneurship from economic and cognitive psychological perspectives. Specific interests lie in the study of knowledge recombination. Dr. Hsieh's research covers topics in strategic management and entrepreneurship, and his work has appeared in Organization Science, Scientometrics and the Journal of Management Studies. He has been invited to give academic talks at the Kauffman Foundation and at universities in Spain, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands, and he reviews for various business and management journals as well as the Academy of Management (Best Reviewer awards, BPS and OMT). In 2008 he served as judge for the Olin Cup (Missouri’s largest university-based entrepreneurship competition, featured here), and in 2010 he served as a judge for the Innovate!100 multimillion-dollar global competition (videos found here). He has also provided consulting services for mySkin.com, an internet start-up founded and led by Rahul Mehendale (HBS MBA ’03).
Dr. Hsieh finally launched his first venture in Fall 2010. In any remaining free time, he enjoys trading in the stock market a little bit too much, playing basketball and table tennis, agonizing over Michigan football, and guest-blogging at economics-oriented websites. An occasional salsa dancer, he may one day return to his violin, which he played for over 15 years (University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, 1st violins).