Anil Doshi


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Doctoral Student

Anil is currently a doctoral candidate in the Technology and Operations Management unit. Anil is interested in researching how the acceleration in the aggregation and availability of information, via digitization, affects firms and firm strategy.

Prior to entering the doctoral program, I worked in strategy and finance at startups and financial services firms in New York. My startup experience included founding a company called introPLAY, which developed community-based services to promote physical activity. I also worked at Vencast, a financial services startup that matched institutional capital with private equity and hedge funds. In finance, I worked at Ahab Capital Management, distressed hedge fund, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the Space and Satellite Finance Group. While working in industry, I became a CFA charterholder.

I graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Economics and Government. At Dartmouth, I worked with Professor Roger Masters, researching the relationship between environmental toxicity and violent crime.

I currently live in Cambridge, MA with my wife and two children. I am an avid reader of all things consumer electronics, technology, data, information, openness, etc. My Twitter page relays what I am reading or interested in on a fairly real-time basis.


Journal Articles

  1. How Firms Respond to Mandatory Information Disclosure

    Anil R. Doshi, Glen W.S. Dowell and Michael W. Toffel

    Mandatory information disclosure regulations seek to create institutional pressure to spur performance improvement. By examining how organizational characteristics moderate establishments' responses to a prominent environmental information disclosure program, we provide among the first empirical evidence characterizing heterogeneous responses by those mandated to disclose information. We find particularly rapid improvement among establishments located close to their headquarters and among establishments with proximate siblings, especially when the proximate siblings are in the same industry. Large establishments improve more slowly than small establishments in sparse regions, but both groups improve similarly in dense regions, suggesting that density mitigates the power of large establishments to resist institutional pressures. Finally, privately held firms' establishments outperform those owned by public firms. We highlight implications for institutional theory, managers, and policymakers.

    Keywords: information disclosure; institutional theory; environmental strategy; mandatory disclosure; environmental performance; Information; Corporate Disclosure; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Performance Improvement; Environmental Sustainability; Manufacturing Industry; United States;


    Doshi, Anil R., Glen W.S. Dowell, and Michael W. Toffel. "How Firms Respond to Mandatory Information Disclosure." Strategic Management Journal 34, no. 10 (October 2013): 1209–1231. (Featured in U Penn's RegBlog.) View Details

    Research Summary

  1. Overview

    by Anil Doshi

    When information is digitized, it can be aggregated and shared nearly instantly. I am interested in how this acceleration in the aggregation and availability of information, via digitization, affects firms and firm strategy. Platforms have emerged as marketplaces for digitized transactions and information exchange among users. In my job market paper, I investigate how different types of users impact platforms. Specifically, I look at how ‘star’ sellers affect the growth and liquidity of the platform. For this project, I use data from the two largest crowdfunding platforms, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. In a developing stream of research, I am looking at how digitized consumer sentiment on social media impacts firm decisions. I have collected approximately 4 million social media messages from Twitter about television shows from the Fall 2013 television season. I am interested in seeing how Twitter influenced process and investment decisions by the shows.

    Keywords: market platforms; social media; information disclosure; platform strategy; Innovation Strategy; Collaborative Innovation and Invention; Technological Innovation; Intellectual Property; Information; Technology Platform; Information Industry; Information Technology Industry; Technology Industry; Web Services Industry;


  1. Overview

    by Anil Doshi

    Anil has taught in front of MBA and doctoral students. He was a teaching fellow in "Managing Innovation" (taught by Professor Karim Lakhani) and "Strategies Beyond the Market" (taught by Professor Dennis Yao) as well as in the MBA Analytics program. Anil also co-created and co-taught an eight hour workshop designed for early-staged doctoral students to be a technical primer for approaching data organization and manipulation in Stata. Anil also prepped and taught a module of three MBA cases to students in the Intensive English for Professional Purposes program that is run through the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.

    Keywords: strategy; innovation; technology strategy; innovation management; entrepreneurship;

    Area of Study

    • Technology and Operations Management