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Jax is a doctoral candidate in the Strategy & Innovation Department at Boston University's Questrom School of Business and was recently named a 2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow. Her research explores strategy and technology evolution in early stage entrepreneurial firms developing revolutionary and disruptive technologies. Her dissertation entitled: “How Strategy Evolves in Entrepreneurial Nascent Technology Firms” is a longitudinal field study of the strategy and technology product evolution at seven early stage energy and cleantech hardware firms.

Jax holds a bachelor of science from MIT in Ocean Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering as well as a master of science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering also from MIT. She received an MBA with high honors from Boston University. For more than a decade, Jax has taught science and engineering through live demonstrations at the Museum of Science Boston.

  • PUBLICATIONSOpen or Close


      Suarez, F. F., & Kirtley, J. (2012). Dethroning an Established Platform. Sloan Management Review, 53(4), 35-41. Cambridge.
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  • AWARDS AND HONORSOpen or Close

    INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist, INFORMS College of Organization Science, Research. (September 16, 2014).

    INFORMS College of Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist