johns hopkins carey business school logo shield

Shweta Gaonkar, PhD

Assistant Professor
Academic AreaManagement & Organization
Areas of InterestBusiness Policy and Strategy, Entrepreneurship

Shweta Gaonkar, PhD (University of Maryland) is an Assistant Professor on the research track at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School from 2014.  Her research interests lie in the areas of strategy and entrepreneurship, with a focus on origin of entrepreneurs and its impact on firm behavior or performance. Her dissertation examines the impact of heterogeneity in the founders’ background and how it shapes the startups’ network and performance.


    • Ph. D, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Maryland
    • BS, Metallergy and Material Science, National Institute of Technology Karnataka


    Selected publications
    • Shweta, G. (2014). Casting Shadows: Impact of Parent-Spinout Knowledge Distance on New Venture Alliances. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
    Works in progress
    • Shweta Gaonkar. Heterogeneity In Entrepreneurial Background: Firm Network And Performance of Firms Founded by Academic and Employee Entrepreneurs.
    • Shweta Gaonkar. Casting Shadows: Impact of Parent-Spinout Knowledge Distance on New Venture Alliances
    • Rajshree Agarwal, Martin Ganco, and Shweta Gaonkar. Shedding Leg Irons: The Impact of Mobility Constraints on High Skilled Immigrant Wages over The Career Life Cycle
    • Shweta Gaonkar, and Martin Ganco. Small Firms as Sources of Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Effect of Immigration Status


    • Economics for Decision Making
    • Entrepreneurial Ventures

    Honors and distinctions

    • 2014 William H Newman Award for best Sole Authored Paper from Dissertation,  Nominee
    • 2014 Best Student Paper Award Finalist, TIM, Academy of Management
    • 2013 Ewing Marion Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship
    • 2013 All S.T.A.R Fellowship, FY 2013-14
    • 2013 GRID (Graduate Research Interaction Day) Award, First Place
    • 2013 FIA Seed Grant Award, Semi finalist, Spring 2013 (Project coauthored with Robert Vesco, Dr. David Kirsch and Nick Laurenzano)
    • 2011 Dingman Entrepreneurship Award for Research in Progress, Third Place