Class of 1943 Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management
Valerie J. Karplus is the Class of 1943 Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Karplus studies resource and environmental management in firms operating in diverse national and industry contexts, with a focus on the role of institutions and management practices in explaining performance. Karplus is an expert on China’s energy system, including technology and business model innovation, energy system governance, and the management of air pollution and climate change. She works with a collaborative team of researchers to study the micro and macro determinants of clean energy transitions in emerging markets, with a focus on China and India. She teaches Entrepreneurship without Borders, New Models for Global Business, and is currently developing a new course, together with Professor Chris Warshaw in Political Science, on Global Energy Markets and Policy.
She has previously worked in the development policy section of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany, as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, and in the biotechnology industry in Beijing, China, as a Luce Scholar. From 2011 to 2015, she directed the MIT-Tsinghua China Energy and Climate Project, a five-year research effort focused on analyzing the design of energy and climate change policy in China, and its domestic and global impacts. She is a faculty affiliate of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
Karplus holds a BS in biochemistry and political science from Yale University and a PhD in engineering systems from MIT.
Research interests: Asia; biotechnology; China; climate change; economic modeling; economic development; emerging markets; energy; environmental economics; globalization; international management; political economy; resource management; strategy; sustainability; water
General Expertise: Alternative energy; Asia; Carbon footprint; China; Clean coal; Clean energy; Climate change; Climate policy; Coal; Corporate strategy and policy; Cross-cultural awareness; Cultural differences; Economic development; Electricity; Emissions trading; Energy; Energy efficiency; Environment; Environmental leadership; Environmental policy; Ethanol; Gas; Germany; Global business practices; Global business processes; Global climate change; Global entrepreneurship; Global entrepreneurship; Global standards; Global warming; Globalization; Innovation; Innovation management; Intellectual property; International communication; International corporate strategy; International corporate strategy; International entrepreneurship; International management; International trade; Internationalization; National security; Natural gas; Nuclear power; Offshoring; Oil; Outsourcing; Privatization; Product innovation; Public utilities; Regulation and policy; Research and development; Social responsibility; Solar power; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Strategy; Sustainability; Sustainable design; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Water; Wind power
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