Tony Tong
Chair of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Operations Division • Professor • Master’s Committee Chair
Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Operations • Deming Center for Entrepreneurship

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Tony Tong is a Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. His research examines how firms organize their internal investments and external relationships to explore and respond to opportunities in the technological, geographic, and digital spaces. He studies these questions at the confluence of strategy, innovation, and globalization, focusing on interorganizational relationships, multinational firms, patents & IPRs, and digital platforms. He has published in leading journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Journal of International Business Studies, Nature Scientific Data, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategy Science. His research has received several awards, including the Winner of the Strategic Management Society Best Conference Paper Prize, as well as several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy. He is a cofounder of the Chinese Patent Data Project (, which aims to link Chinese patents to various types of firms and make the linked patent-firm data publically available for research.


Professor Tong teaches Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship through Acquisition, Global Strategy, and Technology & Innovation Management in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive programs. His teaching has won several awards and recognitions from the University of Colorado, Purdue University, Ohio State University, and CKGSB. He has published in Harvard Business Publishing several teaching case studies of the competitive strategy of firms in smartphones, digital platforms, and mobile telecommunications (e.g., Didi, Huawei, Xiaomi).


Professor Tong has served on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization, and was a coeditor of the Advances in Strategic Management – Real Options Theory. He has served on the Research Committee of the Academy of Management’s Business Policy & Strategy Division, organized several annual Patent PDWs at the AOM, and was a senior faculty advisor of the BPS Managing Your Dissertation Workshop, the BPS Junior Faculty Consortium, and the SMS Doctoral Workshop. He is currently Associate Program Chair for the Strategic Management Society’s Corporate Strategy Interest Group.