MBA, City University of Hong Kong, 2007
MSc., Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, Tufts University, 2006
BSc. with Honours, Biology, Co-op Program, University of Waterloo, 2004
Interactions with external stakeholders during the venture creation process can influence founders’ interpretation of the external world, facilitate innovation, and challenge a startup with conflicting demands. This dissertation assumes early customers are an understudied stakeholder influence on startups and examines how and when early customers are involved in the venture creation process. Using a longitudinal inductive study of early stage innovative startups, I assess the roles of early customers in creating path dependence and imprinting and shaping startups’ emerging business strategy and product development, and affecting venture learning and organisational identity formation.
- Li, B., Kumar, M., & Von Glinow, MA. (2015). “Globalization from East to West: Are Current Internationalization Theories Relevant to Emerging Market Firms?” in M. Marinov (Ed.). Experiences of Emerging Economy Firms, Palgrave MacMillan.
- Williams, C., & Kumar, M. (2014). “Experiential learning and innovation in offshore outsourcing transitions” in T. Pedersen, M. Venzin, T. Devinney, and L. Tihanyi (Eds.). Advances in International Management: Orchestration of Global Network Organization, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Volume 27. Awarded Outstanding Author Contribution, Emerald Group, 2015.
Refereed Conference Presentations
- Kumar, M. & Meister, D. (2016, August). “New Venture Identity Formation and the Role of Early Customers in the Nascent Co-Design Process." Academy of Management Annual General Meeting, Anaheim, California.
- Kumar, M. (2015, May). “New Venture Identity Formation and the Impact of Early Customers in the Co-Design Process.” Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network (GLEN) Conference, Bloomington, IN, USA.
- Williams, C., Zhu, J., & Kumar, M. (2014). Environmental turbulence, integration-responsiveness and MNE subsidiary performance in China. Academy of Management (AoM), Philadelphia, PA, USA.
- Williams, C., & Kumar, M. (2013) Experiential learning and innovation in offshore outsourcing transitions. Advances in International Management (AIM) Workshop, Milan, Italy.
- Li, B., Kumar, M., Von Glinow, MA. (2013). Globalization from east to west: Are current internationalization theories relevant to emerging market firms? Academy of International Business (AIB), Istanbul, Turkey.
- Williams, C., & Kumar, M. (2012). Diffusing subsidiary initiatives in multinational enterprises: National and organizational determinants. European International Business Academy (EIBA), Brighton, UK.
- Williams, C., & Kumar, M. (2012). Experiential learning and innovation in offshore outsourcing transitions. Academy of International Business (AIB), Washington D.C., USA.
- Kumar K, Kumar M, Alsleben M. SAP: Establishing a Research Centre in China. The Asia Case Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong. 2008
- Kumar K, Kumar M. Gold Peak Electronics: R&D Globalization from East to West. The Asia Case Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong. 2009
- Kumar, Maya. Combating Supply Chain Disruptions: Lessons Learned from Japan 2011. A THINK Executive White Paper. The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific. 2011
- Growth and Innovation in Supply Chains and Logistics. A THINK Executive White Paper. The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific. 2009
- Review of Supply Chain Imperatives 2008. A THINK Executive White Paper. The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific in collaboration with Frost and Sullivan. 2008
Selected Awards and Honours
- Scholarship from the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, 2015
- 2013 Al Mikalachki PhD Research Fund Conference Grant Competition
- Plan for Excellence Doctoral Fellowship, Ivey Business School
- Beta Gamma Sigma Member, City University of Hong Kong, 2007
- Graduated with Distinction, City University of Hong Kong, 2007
- Graduate Scholarship & Research Assistantship, Tufts University, 2004-2006
- Dean Honours' List, University of Waterloo, 2004
- Labatt's Brewing Company Award for Excellence in Writing, University of Waterloo, 2003
- National Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award in Industry, 2001 & 2002
- Lecturer, The Entrepreneurial Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Western University, 2016.
- Lecturer, Business Acumen – Strategy for M.S. and Ph.D. Students, Faculty of Engineering, Western University, 2015-16.
- Academic Coordinator, India Practicum, M.Sc. Program, Ivey Business School, 2014.
- Guest lecturer, Venturing in International Firms, HBA Program, Ivey Business School, 2013 & 2012
Relevant Work Experience
- Research Engineer and Manager of Executive Industry-University-Government program, National University of Singapore & Georgia Institute of Technology, The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, Singapore, 2011 & 2008 - 2009
- Business Planning Manager, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore, 2010
- Business Case Writer, Asia Case Research Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2007 - 2009
- Independent Consultant to KPMG International, Global Tax, Human Resources Division, Canada, 2008
- Graduate Research Assistant, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA, 2004 - 2006
- Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Positions
- Public Policy of Health Claims, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA, Spring 2006
- Introductory Cellular Biology, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, Fall 2003
- Biomedical Research Internships (Cumulative 2 years): Boston Biomedical Research Institute, MA, USA; University of Waterloo, ON, Canada; Syn-X Pharma, Inc., ON, Canada; Visible Genetics, Inc., ON, Canada; Erasmus University, Faculty of Medicine, Netherlands, 1998 - 2005