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Kristina McElheran

Pronouns: She/Her

Kristina is an award-winning researcher focusing on digitization and frontier technology use by firms.

Kristina is a senior fellow in the Economics, Justice & Society department at NORC at the University of Chicago. Kristina’s research centers on digital transformation and the organizational and managerial practices that may enable or interfere with its success. Her most-recent studies have focused on better measuring and evaluating firm returns from cloud computing, predictive analytics, and AI. She has collaborated with the U.S. Census Bureau for over a decade to assess, validate, design, and collect novel microdata on technology use by private and public firms across the United States. 

Kristina consulted on a new firm survey of cloud computing use and its implications for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2022. Ongoing work is focused on developing novel, robust, and timely firm-level measures of digitization and its economic impacts. 

Kristina is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto, where she is active in both research and management education in strategy and economics. Prior to this, she spent six years on faculty at the Harvard Business School, in the Technology and Operations Management unit. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in Management Science, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and Communications of the ACM.

Prior to her graduate studies, Kristina held a variety of roles at two early-stage Silicon Valley startups, where she acquired first-hand experience with the development and diffusion of novel digital technologies. She remains close to breakthroughs in high-tech entrepreneurship by serving as a Lab Economist to the Creative Destruction Lab, University of Toronto’s fast-growing incubator for highly scalable science-based start-ups.



Northwestern University

Diploma in Economics

London School of Economics


Stanford University

Appointments & Affiliations

Lab Economist, Creative Destruction Lab

University of Toronto

Faculty Affiliate, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society

University of Toronto

Digital Fellow

Stanford University Digital Economy Lab

Fellow, Technology & Policy Research Initiative

Boston University

Digital Fellow, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Sloan School of Management

Honors & Awards

Insight Development Grant | 2022

Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Best Paper Award, Knowledge and Innovation Management | 2021

Strategic Management Society

Best Paper Award, Rigor in Research | 2021

Strategic Management Society

Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award | 2020

National Association for Business Economics (NABE)

Two Knowledge Challenge Grants | 2019

Kauffman Foundation

Honorable Mention, Best Conference-Wide Paper | 2019

Strategic Management Society