Daniel Gross


Associate Professor

Academic Area: Strategy

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Daniel P. Gross is an associate professor in the Strategy area at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Prior to joining Fuqua, he was on the faculty at Harvard Business School.

His research studies the causes and consequences of technological change. His work has examined this topic through multiple lenses, including: crisis innovation and innovation policy; the impacts of automation on firms, workers, and labor markets; links between innovation and entrepreneurial activity; and the use of incentives and other tools in managing creative workers within organizations. He frequently uses historical examples of industries undergoing significant change to study recurrent and modern economic, strategic, and policy questions. Dr. Gross’ research has been published in leading academic outlets such as the American Economic Review, Management Science, and Research Policy; covered in national and international outlets including the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, Vox, The Economist,  and Harvard Business Review, as well as podcast series such as NPR's Planet Money and Freakonomics Radio; and cited in Congressional testimony, the Economic Report of the President, and reports from leading policy institutes such as the Brookings Institution and American Enterprise Institute. His work is or has previously been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Marion Ewing Kauffman Foundation (through the NBER).

Professor Gross received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a graduate fellow of the National Science Foundation. Prior to graduate school, he worked in management consulting, policy research, and at a high-growth startup that went on to achieve a successful exit.