Whitman School Drone Research Goes Global

In mid-June, Maria Minniti, the Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, delivered the keynote address to the Foundation for Strategic Analysis of SMEs at the University of Cantabria in Spain. Later in June, Minniti delivered another keynote address to the 4th International Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship at the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH (ZEW) in Germany.

Both addresses focused on how regulations shape innovation in emerging industries, leading to different products and different degrees of competition among firms. Minniti’s speeches were the result of research conducted with second-year Ph.D. student Almantas Palubinskas, a fellow at the Whitman School’s Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society. This cutting-edge research is based on detailed archival work on the non-military drone industry.

“Drones have the potential to transform many other industries, such as communication, safety and distribution,” said Minniti. “Yet, regulatory holdups and uncertainty are making it more difficult for companies to innovate and invest.”

According to Minniti, this increasingly important entanglement between regulation and innovation is an area where business schools have the capacity and opportunity to provide significant insight and research leadership. Minniti’s international recognition and public engagements attest to the Whitman School’s position as a thought leader in this area.

Palubinskas also presented the drone research in a seminar at Oxford University, where he and Minniti spent time as scholars in residence at the University’s Green-Templeton College.

“Going to Oxford University and presenting my research on drones with Professor Minniti was a fantastic experience,” shared Palubinskas. “It gave me a great opportunity to interact with world-class scholars and get their feedback. I look forward to developing our research further.”

Arielle Spears