Falvey Scholars Award Presentation
The Falvey Scholars Award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research across Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Business.
Winning the award for both the College of Engineering and Villanova School of Business was Thomas Cox ’16, a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Business and Honors. Thomas was recognized for “Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Business Technologies,” research he conducted with VSB faculty member Stephen Andriole, PhD, Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business Technology. The purpose of their research, he says, is “to understand how companies identify, pilot and deploy specific emerging or ‘disruptive’ technologies.” A disruptive technology is defined as “an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leaders and alliances." Thomas explains that companies want to use these new technologies for a number of reasons, but, “It really all just boils down to improving/making their business more efficient and competitive.”
After graduation, Thomas will be working for a boutique strategy consulting firm in New York where he hopes to use his knowledge of technology trends and market disruption to help advise upper level management at Fortune 100 companies.