Anne Marie Knott

Robert and Barbara Frick Professor of Business

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Biography

Knott’s research examines the optimal environment and policies (economic, industrial and firm) for innovation. This interest stems from issues arising during an earlier career in defense electronics at Hughes Aircraft Company. Prior to joining Olin, Professor Knott was an Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton.

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Stories

There’s no good alternative to investing in R&D

There’s no good alternative to investing in R&D

Even companies that claim to have a long-term orientation worry about whether R&D is worth the investment. My research shows why companies, investors, and the nation will be better off if companies make long-term investments in R&D.
Brass Tax: CEOs didn’t ask for this, but they’ll take it to the bank, shareholders

Brass Tax: CEOs didn’t ask for this, but they’ll take it to the bank, shareholders

It’s curious that we heard very little from the C-Suite in the deliberations leading up to the Dec. 22 signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. What makes this curious is that the goal of the act was to increase GDP growth above 3 percent by stimulating corporate investments to increase productivity, but no one seemed to be asking CEOs whether the tax cut would have that effect.

New R&D tool, developed at Olin, could add $1 trillion to public firms’ market value

The nation’s top 20 public firms could have added nearly $1 trillion to their market value if, in 2010, they had used a new tool, known as the research quotient (RQ), to determine their research and development (R&D) budgets, says its creator, Anne Marie Knott, PhD, associate professor of strategy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Books

Cover of How Innovation Really Works

How Innovation Really Works

Using the trillion-dollar R&D fix to drive growth

Anne Marie Knott ha devised a new tool that helps companies determine how “smart” they are and provides a guide for how much they should invest in R&D.