Search

NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?


Featured NativeAdVantage:

Andy Weir: Author of "The Martian"

John Philipson: VP, Six Senses Resorts

Tom Sito: Chair of Animation, USC Film School

Elizabeth Wynn: Broker, Sotheby's RE

Leonard Greenhalgh: Professor, Tuck-Darmouth)

Ryan Blair: NY Times Best Selling Author/Entrepreneur

 

Featured NativeAdVice:

Shai Reshef: Founder of University of the People

Paul D'Arcy: SVP of Indeed

Susan Hatje: GM of Mandarin Oriental, NY

Dan Laufer: Co-Founder of RentLingo

Hilary Laney: President of Tri-Digital

Greg Marsh: Co-Founder of onefinestay

Omar Qari: Co-Founder of Abacus

Gabriell Weinberg: Founder of DuckDuckGo

Stacy Rauen: E-I-C of Hospitality Design Mag

Jon Gray: CRO of HomeAway

Joe Speiser: Co-Founder of LittleThings.com

Ben McKean: Co-Founder of HungryRoot

John Boiler: Founder/CEO of 72andSunny

Wayne Pacelle: CEO of The Humane Society of the US

Tom Guay: GM at The Sagamore Resort

Dr. Alejandro Junger: Founder of The Clean Program

Rob Flaherty: CEO of Ketchum

Neil Thanedar: Founder/CEO of LabDoor

Andy Grinsfelder: VP of Sales/Marketing, Delaware North Resorts

Laura Frerer-Schmidt: VP/Publisher of Women's Health

Avi Steinlauf: CEO of Edmunds.com

Kathy Bloomgarden: CEO of Ruder Finn

Gabriel Flateman: Co-Founder/CTO of Casper

Mark Bartels: CEO of StumbleUpon

Bill Hagelstein: President/CEO of RPA

Adam Singolda: Founder/CEO of Taboola

Jonathan Plutzik: Proprietor of The Betsy-South Beach

Jessica Scorpio: Founder/VP of Marketing at GetAround

Ralph McRae: CEO of Leading Brands

Warren Berger: Bestselling Author

Liz Kaplow: Founder/CEO of Kaplow Communications

Dave Girouard: Founder/CEO of UpStart

Dave Asprey: Founder of BullectProof Executive

Douglas C. Smith: President of EDSA

Val Difebo: CEO of Deutsch NY

Guido Polito: CEO of Baglioni Hotels

Doyle Graham, Jr.: CEO of Valencia Group

Oscar Farinetti: Founder of Eataly

Angelo Sotira: CEO of DeviantART

Ali Khwaja: CFO of Safecharge

Zach Erdem: Proprietor of 75 Main

Jim Beley: GM of The Umstead Hotel

Alexis Gelburd-Kimler: Proprietor of West Bridge

Elie Georges: Proprietor of Hotel San Regis

Kalen Caughey: Founder o VOKE Tab

Michael Friedenberg: CEO of IDG

Donna Karan: Founder of DKNY

Edward Nardoza: Editor-in-Chief of WWD

Scott Dadich: Editor-in-Chief of Wired

Rhona Murphy: Former CEO of The Daily Beast

David J. Pecker: CEO of American Media

Lilian Roten: VP of Swissotel Hotels

Kenny Dichter: Founder/CEO of Wheels Up

Joshua Tetrick: Founder/CEO of Hampton Creek

Paul James: Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection

Dr. James Wagner: President of Emory University

Amy Thompson: President of ATM Artists & Management

Neil Gillis: President of Round Hill Music

Brett Matteson: President of Columbia Hospitality

Jonathan Reckford: CEO of Habitat For Humanity

Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+Will

Chef Bill Telepan

Tony Horton: Founder of P90X

Beth Weissenberger: Co-Founder of The Handel Group

Michael Fertik: Founder/CEO of Reputation.com

Dana Cowin: Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine

Bob Proctor: Chairman of Proctor/Gallagher Institute

Dennis Turcinovic: Owner of Delmonicos

Vittorio Assaf: Co-Founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Shafqat Islam: Co-Founder of Newscred

Matt Williams: CEO of The Martin Agency

Bruce Rogers: Executive Chef at Hale & Hearty

Caleb Merkl: Co-Founder of Maple

Candy Argondizza: VP of Culinary at ICC

Neil Sazant: President of The Sagamore

Matt Straz: Founder/CEO of Namely

Terry Couglin: Managing Partner of Marta/Maialino

Andrei Cherny: Co-Founder/CEO of Aspiration

Ronen Nissenbaum: Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria NY

Patrick Godfrey: President of Godfrey Q

Sarah Berman: Founder/President of The Berman Group

Michael Schwartz: Owner of Genuine Hospitality Group

Stephan Aarstol: Founder/CEO of Tower Paddle Boards

Peter Shaindlin: COO of Halekulani Corp.

August Cardona: Founder/CEO of Epicurean Group

Nick Kenner: Co-Founder of Just Salad

« Robert Salomon: Associate Professor & Stern Faculty Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business | Main | Dylan Purcell-Lowe: Co-Founder & CEO of Somabar »
Wednesday
Jul222015

Olav Sorenson: Professor of Management, Director of the Core Curriculum, Co-Director of the Initiative on Leadership and Organization, & Professor of Sociology at Yale University. 

My NativeAdVantage:

Bio:

Olav Sorenson is currently the Frederick Frank ’54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management, Director of the Core Curriculum, Co-Director of the Initiative on Leadership and Organization, and Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), at Yale University. His primary stream of research pertains to economic geography, focusing on how entrepreneurship influences the growth and competitiveness of regions, and on why some regions have more successful entrepreneurs than others.

Olav’s secondary streams of research have been on science and innovation and on how organizations can better learn from their interactions with customers and from their manufacturing experience. In total, he has delivered more than 300 research presentations and has had more than 70 papers published on these subjects, in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, the Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy.

Prior to joining Yale, Olav held the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair in Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto (2006-2009), where he taught courses on venture capital and the commercialization of technology. He has also held a professorship in Strategic and International Management at London Business School (2005-2007), associate and assistant professorships of Policy at UCLA (1999-2005), and an assistant professorship in Strategy at the University of Chicago (1997-1999). He grew up in South Dakota and received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his doctoral degree from Stanford, and an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University.

What do you do best?

Synthesize information. Both in research and teaching, the challenge is in absorbing a very large number of facts, determining how those facts could fit together into a consistent story about how the world works, testing the story, and then relating it and why it matters in a clear manner.

What makes you the best?

In most pursuits, success seems to depend on some combination of native ability, dedication (practice), and certain personality characteristics. In my case, I would guess that my success to date has stemmed from some aptitude for consuming large quantities of information, combined with a nearly endless curiosity for understanding things better, a passion for the processes of research and writing, and a willingness to take intellectual risks by entertaining ideas that might end up being wrong.

How will you stay the best?

Never rest on one’s laurels. I try to push myself to improve continually on at least three dimensions. First, I try to expand my base of knowledge. Rather than being content to become the foremost expert on some narrow topic, I try every few years to tackle some new issue or question. Second, I am also learning new skills. Statisticians, mathematicians and computer scientists are constantly developing new techniques for analyzing data. With nearly every project, I experiment with one novel technique so that I can understand better its strengths and weaknesses. Third, I try to reach new audiences. Academics generally focus on communicating with a small set of scholars engaged in research on related topics, but I am always looking to attend conferences and publish in journals that force me to communicate with a group with which I have had little prior contact, both as a means of gathering new ideas and inspiration and to expose my own ideas to a broader audience.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To be a good father and husband; to enjoy life.

Business: To change the way people see the world around them.

What fascinates you?

A lot of things… I have gone through phases where I have focused on science fiction, astronomy and physics, philosophy, mathematics, Japanese culture and history, the history of science and technology, complex systems, all things Norweigan, health and fitness, and evolutionary biology. I love traveling, particularly to places that I have never been before.

Favorite Motto:

Fear is the mind-killer. (Litany Against Fear, Dune)

Favorite People:

Stephan Edberg, Roger Federer, Gabriela Sabatini, Richard Feynman, James G. March

Favorite Places:

California, Budapest, Cascais, Melbourne, Saddlebrook Resort, South Africa

Favorite Products:

Apple computers, Bose headphones, Jura coffeemakers, and Arc’teryx outerwear

Current Passions:

Tennis, research

www.olavsorenson.net

https//twitter.com/OSorenson

References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.