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April Franco

April M. Franco

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. in Economics, 2000, University of Rochester
  • M.A. in Economics, 1995, University of Rochester
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, 1992, University of California, Los Angeles

April Franco is an Associate Professor of Business Economics in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, with a cross appointment to the Business Economics area at Rotman.

Her research focuses on the transfer, creation and use of knowledge within organizations; her work on spin-outs is considered ground-breaking. She has received several awards, including the Rector’s Award for the most innovative paper from Aalborg University in 2011 and Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research in 2010. April teaches undergraduate courses in Organizational Strategy, Economics of Management, Industrial Organization and MBA courses in Strategy.

Selected Articles and Papers

Working Papers

  • What do i take with me? the mediating effect of spin-out team size and tenure on the founder-firm performance relationship


Honors / Awards

  • 2011 Rector’s Award for the most innovative paper, Aalborg University
  • 2011 Second Place, Dingman Entrepreneurship Best Paper Award Competition, University of Maryland
  • 2010 Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research , Rotman School of Management
  • 2009 Honorable Mention, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize, Strategic Management Society
  • 2006 Dean’s Teaching Award, Tippie College of Business
  • 2005 Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Journal
  • 2005-2008 Research Grant for Entrepreneurship and Technological Change, Kaufmann Foundation
  • 2001-2002 Award for Beginning Academics, National Science Foundation
  • 2000 Old Gold Fellowship, University of Iow

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