Ashish Arora is the Rex D. Adams Profess of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research focuses on the economics of technical change and innovation. Arora's research has included the study of technology intensive industries such as software, biotechnology and chemicals, the economics of information security, and the role of patents and licensing in promoting technology startups. He has studied the rise of the software industry and the pharmaceutical industry in emerging economies. His current research focuses on the management of innovation, intellectual property and licensing in corporations, and innovation based entrepreneurship. Arora has taught a variety of courses, including Economics of Information Security and Risk Management. He currently teaches Entrepreneurial Strategy for Innovation Based Ventures, and Emerging Markets Strategy.
He serves as departmental editor, Management Science and is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change. He served as an editor of Research Policy between 2008 – 2014. He is currently serving on the Workshop Steering Committee on Prioritizing and Implementing Improvements to Innovation Indicators, of the National Research Council. In the past, he has served on advisory panels to the Secretary of Commerce, the National Academy of Sciences, and The Association for Computing Machinery.
He has consulted to the Chemical Manufacturing Association, National Science Foundation, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Intellectual Ventures, UK Intellectual Property Office, the Brattle Group, Intel Capital and Tata Consultancy Services, and to startups including SCA Technologies, Upswing, and Mindseed Education (advisory board).
Arora received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1992, and was on the faculty at the Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University, where he held the H. John Heinz Professorship, till 2009.