Matthew Rhodes-Kropf

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Professor Matthew Rhodes-Kropf is an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Currently, Professor Rhodes-Kropf teaches courses on Venture Capital and Private Equity in the MBA elective curriculum and in executive education programs.  He was formerly the Daniel W. Stanton Associate Professor of Business at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Rhodes-Kropf specializes in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and corporate governance. His work seeks to understand how capital markets interact with the creation of new firms, their financing, growth, governance, and their ultimate exit through a successful IPO or sale or through failure.  He has published in leading finance and economic journals, including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, The RAND Journal of Economics, and The Journal of Business. His 2004 paper "Market Valuation and Merger Waves," published in The Journal of Finance, was nominated for the Brattle Prize for Best Paper in Corporate Finance in 2005.

Professor Rhodes-Kropf is also an advisor or board member for Ada Investment Management, Correlation Ventures, Xenex, Neighborhood Trust, and Duke University’s Graduate School.

A graduate of Duke University, Professor Rhodes-Kropf holds a BA in computer science and economics and an MA and Ph.D. in economics.

  1. Won 2012 World Finance Conference Best Paper for "Investment Cycles and Startup Innovation" with Ramana Nanda.

  2. Won the 2011 First Prize WHU (Otto Beisheim School of Management) Finance Award for the best paper presented at the 2012 Campus for Finance Research Conference for his paper with Marc Martos-Vila, “Waves of Financial Buyers vs. Strategic Buyers.”