Elizabeth Pontikes

Professor Elizabeth G. Pontikes
Associate Professor of Management
The University of California, Davis

Curriculum Vitae

Elizabeth Pontikes is Professor of Management at The University of California, Davis, which she joined in 2019. She was formerly on the faculty of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business as Associate Professor, and was Visiting Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She is Department Editor at Management Science and Senior Editor at Strategy Science.

Elizabeth studies market categorization, innovation, and technological change. She studies these topics with a “big data” approach using computational text analytics. Designing strategy for an entrepreneurial company requires carving out a market position for an innovative product. By understanding cognitive and sociological underpinnings of categories, firms can define a market category for strategic benefit. In another line of research, she studies stigma in markets. Her work has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, The American Sociological Review, Strategy Science, Sociological Science, and Organization Science.

Elizabeth serves on the Diversity Committee at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, as chair from 2020-21. During this tenure they implemented the first diversity learning experience for GSM faculty. She is co-founder of an anti-racism book club for faculty, and has promoted a number of initiatives to deepen diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion.

Prior to academia, Elizabeth developed sales strategies and competitive positioning at software start-ups. She is the former Director of Solution Engineering at Coremetrics, Inc., in California (acquired by IBM), and former Program Manager at MicroStrategy, Inc. Her experiences in software start-ups inform her research.

Elizabeth earned a bachelor of science degree magna cum laude in physics with distinction from Yale University, where she was the Saybrook College Banner Bearer and received the DeForest Pioneers Prize for achievement in Physics. She graduated with a PhD in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2008, she received the Louis R. Pondy Award from the Academy of Management’s Organization and Management Theory division for the best paper based on a dissertation.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and son, baking, practicing yoga, and running. She completed the Nike Women’s Marathon in 2005. She also enjoys reading historical non-fiction, currently most interested in the reconstruction period in the United States.