28 Sep 2022

New Faculty Profiles: Evgenii Fadeev


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to leaders across the globe. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Evgenii Fadeev, post-doctoral fellow, Entrepreneurial Management

What is your educational background?
I have a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

What’s your area of research and what led you to it?
I study knowledge sharing between and within organizations. In particular, I am interested in the empirical measurement of knowledge flows, and how firms’ incentives to share knowledge depend on the market structure, the degree of intellectual property protection, and contractual enforcement.

I began researching these topics when I discovered that even the most cited patents granted in the US received citations primarily from one firm only. After testing different hypothesis, analyzing multiple case studies, and talking with attorneys, I realized that to explain this puzzling fact we have to understand firms’ incentives to share trade secrets with each other.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an academic?
I would be working in litigation consulting or in a tech company. If I had not chosen an economics profession after high school, I would probably be a mathematician or a computer scientist.

Where are you from?
I was born in a small Russian town on the border with China and grew up in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Hiking. Each week my wife and I try to pick up a day when we can turn off our phones and go for a 12-mile hike.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy.

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