I'm new here, though I've been on the forums without an account many times over the last couple year (it keeps coming up in google searches for questions I have). I figured I'd introduce myself, and get some feedback at the same time.
Top 30 undergraduate b-school graduate (small private college). GPA 3.67/4.0 (Magna Cum Laude, and a good GPA for my school).
GRE: V710 (98%), Q790(91%), W5.5 (96%) - new scale estimates from ETS are V167 and Q164.
8 years of work experience in the technology industry, with a lot of negotiation, operations, and management experience.
Two strong academic letters of recommendation (from professors who are still publishing, in communications and economics/entrepreneurship research, now at research schools). I have plenty of offers for work recommendations, but will probably limit that to one, and try for one more academic reference if I can.
My research interests are in strategy, with an economic focus, but also some interest in the sociological side as long as it's well balanced with economics. In particular, I'm interested in competition where there are strong network effects and incremental costs are extremely low (software), and where there is a lot of new-firm creation, combined with firm failure or consolidation (entrepreneurship and consolidation in the technology industry). An example of a specific area of research might be the creation of technology resellers in enterprise software. It's an entire industry of startups that don't create anything, and don't even deliver anything (the product and service come directly from the software company that created the software), but is very dynamic and captures substantial revenues. It also raises questions for what sales efforts to keep within a firm at an employee level (though still semi out-sourced, because much of the cost is commission), and which to sales efforts to outsource through resellers, who negotiate their own commission/margin on a per-sale basis. In some cases, a customer will be quoted for the same product/service directly and indirectly through a reseller (an interesting negotiation dynamic). While I have a lot of questions particular to technology and entrepreneurship strategy, I'm also very interested in the big questions of competition. A more general question might be on the competitive economics implications of predictable cyclical pricing, and whether an element of randomness would allow firms to capture more value.
Schools (no particular order):
Wharton - Management (Strategy)
Harvard - Strategy
Chicago - Organizations and Markets
Michigan - Strategy
Northwestern - Managerial Economics & Strategy (might consider Management and Organizations if I'm not competitive in my first choice)
NYU - Economics (Strategy) (might consider Management - Strategy if I'm not competitive in Economics)
Toronto - Strategic Management
Stanford STVP - Technology Ventures Program
MIT - Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management (TIES)
Columbia - Management (Strategy)
TIES and STVP most closely align to my specific interests, but I've also been warned by one of my advisers that specializing too early might limit my long term prospects, and as I mentioned I'm also interested in the big picture. Also, while I personally consider quantitative ability to be a natural talent of mine, I have no real ability to signal that based on my coursework (I took calculus I and II at a state university while I was in high school, and received straight As, but the college I attended had no real rigorous quant courses). I've been working to teach myself the more advanced math areas, and will hit those real hard after I've completed my applications to be ready for when I start (I've been out of school for 8 years, so I'm rusty anyway, despite the 790 I got this summer).
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