Marie C. Thursby

Marie C. Thursby

Adjunct Professor of Management

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Microeconomics, international economics, innovation, global technology transfer, management of technology



Professor Marie Thursby is one of the foremost scholars in the field of the economics of innovation. She is an Emeritus Regents’ Professor of Strategy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Visiting Scholar in the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), Harvard University.

Awards & Accomplishments

Dr. Thursby is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), elected in 2015. She has been Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) since 1987.

The TI:GER® program she founded has received numerous awards, including an Award for Exceptional Activity in Entrepreneurship across Disciplines from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award, and the Model Specialty Entrepreneurship Award from the United States Association for Small Business Enterprise.


Dr. Thursby is the founding director of the internationally acclaimed program, Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Returns (TI:GER®) – a unique educational collaboration between Georgia Tech and Emory University. TI:GER teams PhD students in engineering and science with MBA and JD students in an experiential curriculum focused on the intersection of technical, legal and business issues at the heart of innovation.


Marie has been an Associate Editor in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Area of Management Science 2003 and an Editor of Research Policy since 2012. She also has been the Georgia Tech Social and Ethical Coordinator for the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.


Previously, she has held faculty appointments at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, and North Carolina State University.

Research Interests

Dr. Thursby has published extensively on the economics of innovation, the role of universities in innovation systems, multinational R&D decisions, and the role of contracts in technology transfer. Her published research has over 10,000 citations and an H-index of 47.  Her current research is focused on incentive problems in biomedical translational research and in information sharing among competitive researchers. Press surrounding her recent research in Science Advances on prepublication disclosure has appeared in Nature, Science Advances, wired, Physics, Chemistry World. She has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Alan and Mildred Peterson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation.


Ph.D., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1974

A.B., Economics, Mount Holyoke College, 1969