Frank T. Rothaermel is a professor in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. He holds the Russell and Nancy McDonough Chair of Business and received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award which "is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization." Frank is also the area coordinator for Strategic Management at the Scheller College of Business. Frank authored the textbook "Strategic Management. Concepts & Cases" published by McGraw-Hill. Frank maintains an active social media presence with a Strategy Blog at https://www.facebook.com/ftrStrategy and Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/ftrStrategy.
Frank is a native of Butzbach, Germany and a naturalized U.S. citizen.
He graduated from the Weidig Gymnasium before studying economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. During this time, he spent an academic year in England at Sheffield Hallam University as Erasmus Scholar. In 1993, Frank completed his economic studies as Diplom-Volkswirt (M. Sc. equivalent). He wrote his master's thesis about the International Monetary Fund, providing a public policy comparison of macro-economic stabilization programs in Latin America vs. Eastern Europe, especially Poland.
In 1995, Frank obtained an MBA at the Marriott School of Management at the Brigham Young University. In 1999, Frank obtained a PhD in Strategic Management with a minor in Economics from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. His doctoral advisor was Charles W. L. Hill. Frank's doctoral thesis is entitled "Creative Destruction or Creative Cooperation?: An Empirical Investigation of Technological Discontinuities and Their Effect on the Nature of Competition and Firm Performance.
After completing his Ph.D., Frank stayed for one more year at the University of Washington to engage in research and to teach in the Executive MBA programs. Between 2000-2003, Frank was tenure-track assistant professor at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. In 2003, he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In 2006, Frank was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and in 2010, he was promoted to Full Professor. He served as coordinator of the doctoral program in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech for eight years. Since 2012, Frank is area coordinator of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship group.
Frank’s research interests lie in the areas of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. To inform his research he has conducted extensive field work and executive training with leading corporations such as Amgen, Daimler, Eli Lilly, Equifax, GE Energy, GE Healthcare, Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea), Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft, McKesson, NCR, UPS, among others.
Frank has a wide range of executive education experience, including teaching in programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, ICN Graduate Business School (France), St. Gallen University (Switzerland), and the University of Washington. He has received numerous teaching awards for excellence in the classroom.
Frank has published over 30 articles in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and elsewhere. Based on having published papers in the top 1% based on citations, Thomson Reuters identified Frank as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds. He was listed among the top-100 scholars based on impact over more than decade in both economics and business.
Some of his academic articles are highly cited, including his 2004 SMJ study (with David Deeds) on Exploration and Exploitation Alliances, which shows how small biotech firms orchestrate a system of open innovation through reaching upstream in alliances with universities and downstream through alliances with pharmaceutical companies. His 2007 Industrial & Corporate Change article (with Shanti Agung and Lin Jiang) on University Entrepreneurship is also highly cited.  Google Scholar  lists some 6,000 citations to Frank's research, with an h-index of 26.
More recently, Frank has focused on the role of micro-foundations and human capital to firm performance. His line of work with former doctoral student Andrew Hess is indicative of this work , e.g., their 2007 Organization Science paper on “Building Dynamic Capabilities: Innovation Driven by Individual-, Firm-, and Network-Level Effects”.
Frank currently serves (or served) on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. Frank regularly translates his research findings for wider audiences in articles in Forbes,MIT Sloan Management Review, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Frank is also the author of a leading textbook—Strategic Management(1e 2012; 2e 2014; 3e 2016)—and numerous best-selling cases studies published by McGraw-Hill and Harvard Business School Publishing. When launched, Frank’s new textbook won the McGraw-Hill 1st ed Award of Year in Business & Economics.
Frank's publications on Google Scholar can be here.
Frank has won numerous teaching and research awards, including the Academy of Management Newman Award (for a best paper based on a dissertation), the Academy of Management Newman Award, the Strategic Management Society Conference Best Paper Prize, the DRUID Conference Best Paper Award, the Israel Strategy Conference Best Paper Prize, and is the inaugural recipient of the Byars Faculty Excellence Award. He also received Sloan Industry Studies Best Paper Award for his 2007 Organization Science Paper. He also received numerous teaching awards for excellence in the classroom including the Georgia Power Professor of Excellence award.
Businessweek named Frank one of Georgia Tech’s Prominent Faculty in their national survey of business schools. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation views Frank as one of the world’s 75 thought leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation.