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Shiva Agarwal

Assistant Professor

Department:     Management

Industry Areas:     Innovation, Strategy, Technology

Shiva Agarwal is an assistant professor of management at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. She teaches students in the Canfield Business Honors Program capstone course, emphasizing the importance of strategy and its successful execution.

Before entering academia, Agarwal was a software developer for Microsoft and a consultant for Boston Consulting Group. Both positions have influenced her research into strategies used by companies in platform-based ecosystems and the role of interdependent structures in explaining the performance of a complementor.

Agarwal earned a Ph.D. in management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and she received an M.S. in managerial science and applied economics from the Indian School of Business.


Shiva Agarwal, Cameron Miller, and Martin Ganco. August 2023. Growing Platforms within Platforms: How Platforms Manage the Adoption of Complementor Products in the Presence of Network Effects? Strategic Management Journal. 44(8): 1879-1910

PK Toh and S. Agarwal. 2023. The Option Value in Complements Within Platform-Based Ecosystems. Strategic Management Journal 44 (2), 576-609.

Shiva Agarwal, and Rahul Kapoor. May/June 2023. Value Creation Tradeoff in Business Ecosystems: Leveraging Complementarities While Managing Interdependencies. Organization Science 34(3): 1216-1242.

Rahul Kapoor and Shiva Agarwal. 2017. Sustaining Superior Performance in Business Ecosystems: Evidence from Application Software Developers in the iOS and Android Smartphone Ecosystems. Organization Science 28(3), 531-551.