April Franco

Chair & Professor

Phone: (416) 208-5188
Location: IC 246

Biography

April Franco is Chair of Management and a Professor of Economics and Strategy, with a cross appointment to the Business Economics area at Rotman. Her research focuses on the transfer, creation and use of knowledge within organizations; her work on spin-outs is considered ground-breaking. She has received several awards, including the Rector’s Award for the most innovative paper from Aalborg University in 2011 and Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research in 2010. April teaches undergraduate courses in Organizational Strategy, Economics of Management, Industrial Organization and MBA courses in Strategy.

 

Academic Positions

  • 2021 - Present: Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Department of Management, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • 2011-2021: Associate Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Department of Management, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • 2008-2011: Assistant Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Department of Management, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • 2007-2008: Visiting Assistant Professor; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • 1999-2007: Assistant Professor; Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
  • 1999-2002: Adjunct Consultant; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Education

PhD in Economics, 2000, University of Rochester
MA in Economics, 1995, University of Rochester
BA in Philosophy and Economics, 1992, University of California, Los Angeles

Teaching Interests

April teaches the undergraduate courses in Organizational Strategy, Management Economics, Industrial Organization and MBA courses in Strategy. Her research is focused on the development of knowledge within an organization, as well as the flow of knowledge across organizations. 

Awards & Grants

  • 2011: Rector's Award for the most innovative paper; Aalborg University
  • 2011: Second Place, Dingman Entrepreneurship Best Paper Award Competition; University of Maryland
  • 2010: Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Research; Rotman School of Management
  • 2009: Honorable Mention, Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize; Strategic Management Society
  • 2006: Dean's Teaching Award; Tippie College of Business
  • 2005: Best Paper Award; Academy of Management Journal
  • 2005-2008: Research Grant for Entrepreneurship and Technological Change; Kaufmann Foundation
  • 2001-2002: Award for Beginning Academics; National Science Foundation
  • 2000: Old Gold Fellowship; University of Iowa

Publications

Selected Publications - Papers