Alva H. Taylor
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Management Group at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Faculty Director of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies. Professor Taylor’s research focuses on the innovation process, entrepreneurship, technological change, and strategic decision making in fast-changing environments. His recent work has been on how to structure and manage creative groups for sustained innovation and entrepreneurship. He teaches courses on innovation and strategies for managing change in both the Tuck MBA and Executive Education programs. He has consulted with companies such as Intel, Oracle, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and Monsanto Corporation as well as numerous start-up companies. Professor Taylor’s work and ideas have been published in top business journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. He has his doctorate in business from Stanford University, his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell, and both his Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from Cornell.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration
Hans Brechbühl is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Strategies and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Hans leads the center’s outreach and partnership-building efforts, building relationships with Global 1000 corporations in the Americas and in Europe. His research interests focus on the organizational dynamics in a collaborative, networked environment and the enabling role of information technology in today’s corporations.
Hans has helped facilitate large-scale change management initiatives as a consultant, and co-led a “Capturing Global Business” business development program for a major U.S. defense industry player. He is serving a two-year term as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on the Future of IT Software & Services, serves as a judge for the CIO 100 Awards, and is an affiliated faculty member at the Institute for Security, Technology and Society at Dartmouth College.
Hans came to Tuck in 2001 from New York City-based Trade.com/BlueStone Capital, where he was senior VP, global partnerships. Prior to that, he was group VP of corporate development for Metromedia International Telecommunications, Inc. where he led both business development and strategy, leading deal negotiations in the telecom, cable and internet space. Prior to Metromedia, Hans was managing director of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business from 1993-1998, co-directing a $3.5 million independent business education institute focused on business in emerging markets. At the Ross School of Business, he built corporate partnerships with many Fortune 500 companies and companies indigenous to the emerging markets of Central & Eastern Europe, Russia and China. In a previous life, Hans served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army for ten years, where he led tactical units on the Iron Curtain in Europe.
Hans holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and is an alum of the University of Michigan’s Global Leadership Program executive course.
Patrick comes to the center with eight years of consulting experience gained at Deloitte and the Corporate Executive Board where he supported IT and Finance clients with change management, blended learning, organizational design, ERP selection and also managed dedicated teams providing best practices research and advisory services to HR executives at Fortune 500 clients.
Prior to his consulting career, Patrick served as Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. Senate.
Patrick holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Michael’s College.
Kelli C. Pippin
Marketing & Communications Manager
Kelli leads the marketing and communication efforts of the center. She brings with her nearly 20 years of integrated marketing experience gained in the consulting, luxury consumer products and renewable energy industries. Her areas of focus include digital marketing, website usability and community development. She works to position brands to compete globally and become leaders in their markets. Kelli holds a BA from Virginia Wesleyan College.
Leslie joined the Center for Digital Strategies in October 2001 after more than a decade in private industry as an office and laboratory administrative professional. In addition to Leslie's administrative assistant duties at the center, she also provides academic support for the center team and affiliated faculty.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jaclyn's research interests lie at the intersection of strategic management and technology policy. She focuses on competitive dynamics in the high tech and media industries, particularly emphasizing the regulatory environment and innovation management. Her work has been published in Communications & Strategies, Foreign Policy Digest, and Intellibridge Asia. Before pursuing a PhD at the University of Southern California, she was a Senior Researcher at Imaging Science & Information Systems, a global leader in disaster intelligence. In this position she worked with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Open Source Center (OSC), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Jaclyn has also worked as a marketing strategist and geopolitical analyst and previously sat on the young professionals board of the United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area. She holds an MA in Communications & Technology from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from Sarah Lawrence College.
Chuxi "Tiantian" Zhang
Tiantian is an economics major and geography and French double minor in the Dartmouth College class of 2016. She is also interested in the global intersection of economic, digital, political and human processes. At the center, Tiantian oversees the maintenance of the center's digital assets and supports marketing efforts and MBA student programing.