Ph.D. Candidate; Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
Ms. Zyontz is currently working towards her Ph.D. in the TIES group at the MIT Sloan School of Management where her research interests include intellectual property strategy, the use of knowledge and tools in follow-on innovation, and the influence of institutions in the rate and direction of innovation. Her projects and publications have empirically analyzed a range of topics including synthetic biology and genetic engineering, patent damage awards, business method patents, clusters of related industries, cy pres awards in class action lawsuits, arbitration, and state consumer protection acts. Before starting at Sloan, she worked with Professor Michael Porter and his team at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School on the federally sponsored U.S. Cluster Mapping Project. Ms. Zyontz has also managed a number of policy focused, large-scale empirical law and economics projects for the Law and Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law and the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law. Prior to her career in academia, she spent seven years working in intellectual property litigation and valuation consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Navigant Consulting, Inc. Ms. Zyontz received a M.S. in Managerial Economics and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a B.A. in economics and a minor in business marketing.