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Assistant Professor

Strategy and Business Policy

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Elie Sung is an Assistant Professor at HEC Paris. She obtained her PhD at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on firm innovation strategy, and the integration between public policy and firm strategy. She has explored this topic by examining how firms and the courts jointly shape patent policy and how in turn those policies shape firms’ innovative activities.

Elie's work was recognized by several awards and fellowships. Her dissertation was supported by an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (#1759991) to the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program. She was a finalist for the Kauffman Prize for Best Student Paper at the REER conference and received the Best Paper for an Emerging Scholar Award at the European Policy for Intellectual Property conference. As a reviewer, she has been recognized with multiple awards from the Academy of Management Conference and the journal Research Policy.

Prior to starting her PhD, she worked in management consulting on projects with telecom and media operating companies, and national regulatory authorities. Other professional experiences include working at the French Telecommunications and Posts regulatory authority (ARCEP, French equivalent of the FCC) and at a major investment banking company. She completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, and graduate degrees in I.T. engineering and in applied economics.


  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology - Georgia Tech - USA
  • Master of Science, Applied Economics, Telecom Paristech - France
  • Master of Science, Engineering, Telecom Paristech - France

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2020- Member of GREGHEC, the joint research laboratory CNRS-HEC Paris HEC Paris
  • 2019- Assistant Professor, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Member of: Academy of Management, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Editorial activities

  • Reviewer for: the TIM division for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Research Policy

  • Awards & honors

    • 2020 2020 TIM Division Best Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management Conference
    • 2019 Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, TIM Division, Academy of Management
    • 2019 William H Read Award
    • 2018 REER Conference Best Student Paper Kauffman Prize Finalist
    • 2018 Outstanding Doctoral Student, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • 2018 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Research Policy
    • 2017 Best Paper for an Emerging Scholar Award, European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) conference
    • 2017 Best Presentation Award for Doctoral Dissertation project in Technology, Management and Policy Graduate Consortium
    • 2016 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (#1759991) to the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program (co-PI, PI: John P. Walsh) 2017-2018
    • 2016 Best Presentation Award - Doctoral Workshop, European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP)