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Garth Saloner

Stanford Graduate School of Business
San Francisco Bay Area
Economist Garth Saloner is known for his pioneering work on network effects, which underlie much of the economics of electronic commerce and business. Saloner’s research focuses on issues of entrepreneurship, e-commerce, strategic management, organizational economics, competitive strategy, and antitrust economics. Much of his recent work has been devoted to understanding how firms set and change strategy, in established firms and startups.

Professor Saloner received a B.Com. and MBA (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand between 1972 and 1977. He earned an MS in Statistics, an AM in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics, Business, and Public Policy from Stanford University between 1978 and 1982.
He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, electronic commerce, strategic management, industry analysis, and competitive strategy. He is the Director of the Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship, a summer program for graduate schools in non-business fields. He is one of only two faculty to have won the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Stanford Business School twice, first in 1993 and again in 2008.

Professor Saloner was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institute in 1986-7, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Competition and Strategy at the Harvard Business School in 1989-90. He has been the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship and of several research grants from the National Science Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Stanford Computer Industry Project, a major study of the worldwide computer industry, funded by the Sloan Foundation, and a founder of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Director for Research and Curriculum Development from 1993-96. In 2006 he led a Curriculum Review Committee at the Stanford GSB that undertook a major overhaul of the MBA curriculum. He has served on several editorial boards, including as a Co-Editor of the Rand Journal of Economics.

Specialties: Garth Saloner has published numerous papers in refereed journals and books and is the author of two books: Strategic Management (co-authored with Joel Podolny and Andrea Shepard) and Creating and Capturing Value: Perspective and Cases on Electronic Commerce (co-authored with A. Michael Spence). His research has focused on entrepreneurship in developed and developing economies, electronic commerce, strategic management, competitive strategy, industrial economics, and antitrust economics. 

Academic Degrees
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1982
  • MS, Stanford University, 1982
  • AM, Stanford University, 1981
  • MBA, University of Witwatersrand, 1977
  • BCom, University of Witwatersrand, 1975
Awards and Honors
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad ESAN, 2013
  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 2008
  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 1993

My Global Visiting Faculty Sessions

Wednesday, June 28

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