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James Conley serves on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a faculty contributor in the Kellogg Center for Research in Technology & Innovation and a Faculty Fellow at the Segal Design Institute (NU IDEA).  


His research investigates the strategic use of intangible assets and intellectual properties to build and sustain competitive advantage. Research sponsors have included the World Intellectual Property Organization, National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense, among others.  Mainstream outlets for his scholarship include the Wall Street Journal, the Sloan Management Review and the California Management Review. 


At present, Conley serves as a Visiting Professor in the chair of technology and innovation management at the WHU in Germany. He is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a member of the editorial board at the California Management Review.