Hello, my name is Lillien M. Ellis and I am a 6th year Doctoral Candidate at Cornell University.
My research program takes a multi-method and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of idea ownership, protection, and theft in entrepreneurship and corporate knowledge work. I leverage diverse methodologies--experiments, field studies, and archival data--while drawing insights from psychology and management to investigate the antecedents and consequences of contemporary notions of idea ownership and theft.
By working closely with entrepreneurs and knowledge workers in diverse industries—independent invention, cannabis entrepreneurship, R&D, songwriting--I have designed a programmatic stream of research exploring how idea theft influences decision-making processes and entrepreneurial behavior.
Please see my CV for additional information about my dissertation research and current works in progress.
As of 2020, I am on the academic job market and am in pursuit of a tenure-track, assistant professor position.