Scott Ptak

Clinical Assistant Professor
Operations Management and Strategy


PhD, Geography, University at Buffalo
     Concentration: Economic Geography
JD, University at Buffalo
     Concentration: Financial Transactions
MA, Geography, University at Buffalo
BA, International Studies, University at Buffalo


  • Global economics
  • Communication literacy for business
  • Strategic management
  • International business and international trade (Geography Department)

Research Interests

Interested in the international location strategies of firms, particularly banks. Past research on U.S. banks expanding branch offices into new markets and the dynamics of competition in their new markets. Past legal consulting work for Patton Boggs LLC on geographic membership rules for Federal Home Loan Banks.

Selected Publications

Scott Ptak and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen. 2011. “Innovation systems in emerging economies: the case of India.” Handbook of Regional Innovation and Growth, B. Asheim, P. Cooke, R. Boschma, R. Martin, and D. Schwartz, eds. Edward Elgar Pub. pp. 419-434.

Professional Affiliations

New York State Bar Association, attorney and notary public

Professional Service/Campus Activities

  • UB Faculty-IT Liaison Committee – serve as direct intermediary between campus IT staff and UB faculty to bring problems to the IT professionals and solutions to the faculty
  • Professional MBA Hybrid Committee – Assist with development of hybrid version of courses for Professional MBA program, including best practices for online learning and sharing experiences
  • 2019 Poster Competition – faculty director