Melissa M. Appleyard
Melissa Appleyard joined the faculty of Portland State University’s School of Business Administration in 2003, as one of the first Ames Professors in the Management of Innovation and Technology. Through the Business Strategy Capstone experience, she has supervised the creation of business plans and strategic recommendations for a variety of organizations ranging from early-stage start-ups to established non-profits and companies in the Portland region. Her academic research focuses on cooperative R&D in high-tech settings such as the semiconductor industry, the open source software industry and currently in advanced interdisciplinary R&D settings like nanomedicine. Over the past decade, in affiliation with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Competitive Semiconductor Manufacturing Center at U.C. Berkeley, she has concentrated on the global semiconductor industry’s ability to achieve perpetual innovation in design, process integration, and manufacturing. Prof. Appleyard’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the California Management Review, Industrial Relations, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the Strategic Management Journal. She has worked with a variety of business organizations on research projects and has written or supervised over fifteen business cases for MBA and executive courses. She holds a B.A. in Economics/ International Area Studies from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.