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Karen Ruckman

Associate Professor, Strategy / Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Area Coordinator, Strategy


Room: WMC 4313

Phone: 778.782.5374


Curriculum Vitae: View


Ph.D. (University of British Columbia); M.A. (Queen's); B.Sc., Honours (University of Alberta)


Karen Ruckman, an Associate Professor in Strategy, joined the Beedie School of Business in 2004 from Concordia University in Montreal where she was an Assistant Professor in the John Molson School of Business. Her specialization is firm-level strategic activities with a special focus on technology transfer, licensing and imitation. Her industry focus includes biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, information systems and financial goods.  

Research Interests

Technology management, R&D strategy, imitation strategy, acquisition motivation, biotechnology, software, licensing in the biotech sector, business level strategy in the Indian IT sector.

Selected Publications

articles and reports

McCarthy, I. P., & Ruckman, K. (2017). Licensing speed: Its determinants and payoffs. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M, 46, 52-66.

Ruckman, K., & McCarthy, I. (2017). Why do some patents get licensed while others do not? Industrial and Corporate Change, 26(4), 667-688.

Ruckman, K., Saraf, N., & Sambamurthy, V. (2015). Market positioning by IT service vendors through imitation. Information Systems Research, 26(1), 100-126.

Ruckman, K. (2009). Technology sourcing acquisitions: What they mean for innovation potential. Journal of Strategy and Management, 2(1), 56-75.

Ruckman, K. (2008). Externally sourcing research through acquisition: Should it supplement or substitute for internal research? Industry and Innovation, 15(6), 627-645.

Ruckman, K. E. (2005). Technology sourcing through acquisitions: Evidence from the U.S. Drug industry. Journal of International Business Studies, 36(1), 89-103.

Ruckman, K. (2005). Technology sourcing through acquisitions: Evidence from the US drug industry. Journal of International Business Studies, 36(1), 89-103.

Ruckman, K. E. (2004). Entry mode into a foreign market: The case of U.S. Mutual funds in Canada. Journal of International Economics, 62(2), 417-432.

Ruckman, K. E. (2003). Expense ratios of North American mutual funds. Canadian Journal of Economics, 36(1), 192-223.

Related Teaching Material

Ruckman, K. (2007). Acquiring Biopharmaceutical Research: Is Market Approval a Deal Breaker? In Cooper, C. L., & Finkelstein, S. (Eds.), Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions Volume 6 (pp. 171-187). Elsevier Ltd (UK).