Ulya Tsolmon

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Ulya  Tsolmon

Ulya Tsolmon

Ulya Tsolmon joined the Olin faculty in 2015. Her research focuses on how firms can gain competitive advantage from human capital given external and internal market frictions. In other work, she examines how firms differ in innovative investment and output with constraints in the external environment and internal firm structure.

Area of Expertise

Business/Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance, Innovation and Growth, Technology Management, Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations, Organizational Strategy, Business/Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations, Innovation and Growth, Organizational Strategy, Technology Management


  • Ph D 2015, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Master of Public Policy 2009, Brigham Young University
  • MA 2004, Brigham Young University
  • MBA 2004, Brigham Young University

Academic/Professional Activities

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Strategic Management Journal
  • Officer, Other Officer, Strategic Management Society
  • Program Organizer, Women in Strategy Conference
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Organization Science
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Research Policy
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Strategic Management Journal

Research Interests

Managerial labor markets; governance of multi-unit firms; strategic human capital; innovation strategy

Personal Interests

Professor Tsolmon enjoys hiking and traveling, often combining both. Forever a Cameron Crazie. She also roots for the West Point Black Knights: Go Army, Beat Navy!

Selected Publications

  • "Market Frictions and Competitive Advantage of Internal Labor Markets", Strategic Management Journal, Issue 7, 1280-1303, with Sharon Belenzon, 2016
  • "An Empirical Examination of the Pro-Cyclicality of R&D Investment and Innovation", The Review of Economics and Statistics, Issue 4, 662-675, with Kira Fabrizio, 2014
  • "Being Good is Not Enough: Overcoming Bias in Mobility and Advancement of Women Top Managers through Organizational Transparency", 2017
  • "Health Insurance Benefits as a Labor Market Friction: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment", Strategic Management Journal, with Dan Ariely