Pian Shu

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Pian Shu is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. She teaches the Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development II (FIELD II) course in the MBA required curriculum. She received the Berol Corporation Fellowship from the Harvard Business School in July 2013.


Professor Shu’s research focuses on the empirical analysis of factors that affect innovation and productivity at the micro level. She contributes to the field by taking a labor economics perspective and investigating the decisions of individuals. Her current research examines how talented individuals develop into innovators, the impact of early career choices on long-term productivity, the uncertainty associated with becoming an innovator through entrepreneurship, and the impact of technology and trade shocks on innovation.

A recipient of the Kauffmann Dissertation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, Professor Shu earned her Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated from Colgate University with a BA in mathematics and mathematical economics.

  1. Received an Entrepreneurship Research Grant from the National Bureau of Economic Research Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program in 2015.

  2. Received an Innovation Policy Research Grant from the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2013.

  3. Received the Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship in 2012.