SANDEEP DEVANATHA PILLAI

SANDEEP DEVANATHA PILLAI

Courses a.y. 2024/2025

Biographical note

I explore the determinants of firm performance in nascent industries. Using historical and statistical methods, I explore antecedents & consequences of entrepreneurial uncertainties & capabilities. I teach entrepreneurship and econometrics courses for master's students and a management course for undergraduates. I serve the scholarly community by reviewing articles for journals and conferences and organizing symposia and workshops at conferences. Before academia, I worked as an electrical engineer for various electrical utilities in Ontario for seven years.


Research interests

Entrepreneurship, Industry Evolution, Organizational Learning, Philosophy of Science, Abduction, Inference to the best explanation, Automobile Industry, History


Selected Publications

Sandeep Devanatha Pillai
Lovely and likely: Using historical methods to improve inference to the best explanation in strategy
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2024

Devanatha Pillai, Sandeep; Goldfarb, Brent; Kirsch, David A.
The origins of firm strategy: learning by economic experimentation and strategic pivots in the early automobile industry
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2020

Goldfarb Brent; Zavyalova Anastasiya; Pillai Sandeep
Did victories in certification contests affect the survival of organizations in the American automobile industry during 1895–1912? A replication study
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2018