I am a PhD Candidate at MIT Sloan interested in innovation, technology strategy and entrepreneurship.

In my research, I focus on the antecendents and consequences of knowledge production in digital markets. My dissertation focuses on the "digitization of geography", large projects to map the surface of the earth (through satellite images or volunteer communities), and estimate their impacts for innovation and firm performance. My work is primarily empirical, with a focus on causal, econometric modeling supplemented by qualitative interviews and archival analysis.

In my job-market paper, I study Landsat, a NASA satellite mapping project and show that unintended variations in the extent of the mapping effort had important consequences for the discovery of new deposits and entrepreneurship in the gold-exploration industry.

My work has been recognized with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship and the J. Robert Beyster Fellowship. Find out more about my research or explore my CV.


Sloan School of Management,
100 Main Street, E62-368,
Cambridge, MA 02142-1347,

nagaraj@mit.edu