Melissa M. Appleyard is one of the first Ames Professors in the Management of Innovation and Technology at Portland State University. As Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, she oversees seven Master programs and six graduate certificates. Her research focuses on how knowledge creation and diffusion catalyze economic growth and business longevity in technology-intensive industries. Over the past two decades, she has concentrated on the global semiconductor industry's ability to achieve perpetual innovation in design, process integration, and manufacturing. Her recent work has developed the construct of open strategy that combines open innovation with traditional business strategy, and recent NSF grant research has examined the critical processes for successful interdisciplinary R&D in nanomedicine.
Prof. Appleyard's work has been published in leading academic journals such as California Management Review, Industrial Relations, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, and the Strategic Management Journal. She has served as a research fellow of U.C. Berkeley's Competitive Semiconductor Manufacturing Center sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She also has worked with leading companies on business cases for MBA and executive courses. Prof. Appleyard holds a B.A. in Economics/International Area Studies from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley.