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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.

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      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

    Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Research. (1, 2016).

    The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

    INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist, INFORMS College of Organization Science, Research. (9 16, 2014).
    INFORMS College of Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist