Lori Rosenkopf

Professor of Management / Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship at The Wharton School

Biography

The Wharton School

Lori Rosenkopf is the Simon and Midge Palley Professor and Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph. D in Management of Organizations from Columbia University after working as a systems engineer for Eastman Kodak and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Prior to that, Lori earned her B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and her M.S in Operations Research from Stanford University.

Since joining the faculty in 1993, Lori has taught courses for undergraduates, MBAs, and doctoral students, as well as for executive education and online participants. She received the Hauck Award for distinguished teaching in the undergraduate program. Lori served two terms as the Vice Dean and Director of the Wharton Undergraduate Division from 2013-2019, where her accomplishments included introducing the new Wharton undergraduate curriculum, elevating alternative curricular and career pathways, and growing diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Lori’s research examines technological communities and social networks across several high-tech industries. She analyzes how and when knowledge may flow between technical professionals and between firms, mapping these flows in order to estimate when people, firms, and technologies are likely to learn, move, and succeed. Her research has been published in leading journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. Lori has also served as a Senior Editor for the journal Organization Science and as a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, and she has been elected a member of the Macro-Organizational Behavior Society and also to a term as the Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Research

  • Ram Ranganathan, Anindya Ghosh, Lori Rosenkopf (2018), Competition-cooperation interplay during multi-firm technology coordination: The effect of firm heterogeneity on conflict and consensus in a technology standards organization, Strategic Management Journal, 39:3193-3221.
  • A. Ghosh, R. Ranganathan, Lori Rosenkopf (2016), The impact of context and model choice on the determinants of strategic alliance formation: Evidence from a staged replication study, Strategic Management Journal, 37:2204-2221.
  • A. Ghosh and Lori Rosenkopf (2015), Shrouded in structure: Challenges and opportunities for a friction-based view of network research, Organization Science, 26:622-631.
  • R. Ranganathan and Lori Rosenkopf (2014), Do ties really bind? The effect of knowledge and commercialization networks on opposition to standards, Academy of Management Journal, 57:515-540.
  • G. Dokko, A. Nigam, Lori Rosenkopf (2012), Keeping steady as she goes: A negotiated order perspective on technological evolution, Organization Studies, 33:681-703.Abstract
  • D. Lavie, J. Kang, Lori Rosenkopf (2011), Balancing exploration and exploitation within and across domains: Evaluation of performance implications in alliance portfolios, Organization Science, 22:1517-1538.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and Patia McGrath (2011), Advancing the Conceptualization and Operationalization of Novelty in Organizational Research, Organization Science, 22:1297-1311.Abstract
  • G. Dokko and Lori Rosenkopf (2010), Social Capital for Hire? Mobility of Technical Professionals and Firm Influence in Wireless Standard Committees, Organization Science, 21:677-695.Abstract
  • S. P. Upham, Lori Rosenkopf, L. Ungar (2010), Innovating knowledge communities: An analysis of group collaboration and competition in science and technology, Scientometrics, 83:525-554.Abstract
  • S. P. Upham, Lori Rosenkopf, L. Ungar (2010), Positioning knowledge: Schools of thought and new knowledge creation, Scientometrics, 83:555-581.Abstract
  • R. Corredoira and Lori Rosenkopf (2010), Should auld acquaintance be forgot: The reverse transfer of knowledge through mobility ties, Strategic Management Journal, 31:159-181.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and G. Padula (2008), Investigating the microstructure of network evolution: Alliance formation in the mobile communications industry, Organization Science, 19:669-687.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and R. Corredoira (2008), What you can gain when you lose good people, Harvard Business Review, 86 (4), pp. 24-28.
  • Lori Rosenkopf, “Enriching research on exploration and exploitation”. In Handbook of the New and Emerging in Management and Organization, edited by Barry, D. and H. Hansen, (2008), pp. 316-317
  • Lori Rosenkopf and T. Schleicher (2008), Below the tip of the iceberg: The co-evolution of formal and informal interorganizational relations in the telecommunications industry, Managerial and Decision Economics, 29:425-441.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and M. Schilling (2007), Comparing Alliance Network Structure Across Industries: Observations and Explanations, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1:191-209.Abstract
  • D. Lavie and Lori Rosenkopf (2006), Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Alliance Formation, Academy of Management Journal, 49:797-818.Abstract
  • P. Anderson and Lori Rosenkopf, “Global recombination: Cross-border Technology and Innovation Management”. In The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance on Globalizing: Strategies for Building Successful Global Businesses, edited by Hubert Gatignon and John Kimberly, (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 306-330
  • Lori Rosenkopf and P. Almeida (2003), Overcoming Local Search Through Alliances and Mobility, Management Science, 49:751-766.Abstract
  • P. Almeida, G. Dokko, Lori Rosenkopf (2003), Startup Size and the Mechanisms of External Learning: Increasing Opportunity and Decreasing Ability?, Research Policy, 32:301-315.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf, A. Metiu, V. George (2001), From the Bottom Up? Technical Committee Activity and Alliance Formation, Administrative Science Quarterly, 46:748-772.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and A. Nerkar (2001), Beyond Local Search: Boundary-spanning, Exploration, and Impact in the Optical Disk Industry, Strategic Management Journal, 22: 287-306.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and E. McCarthy Case study: Simstar Internet Solutions.
  • Lori Rosenkopf, “Managing Dynamic Knowledge Networks”. In Wharton on Managing Emerging Technologies, edited by George Day and Paul Schoemaker, (2000), pp. 337-357
  • Lori Rosenkopf and E. Abrahamson (1999), Modeling Reputational and Informational Influences in Threshold Models of Bandwagon Innovation Diffusion, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, 5: 361-384.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and A. Nerkar, “On the complexity of technological evolution: Exploring coevolution within and across hierarchical levels in optical disc technology”. In Variations in Organization Science: In Honor of D. T. Campbell, edited by J Baum and W. McKelvey, (Sage Publications, 1999), pp. 169-183
  • Lori Rosenkopf and M. L. Tushman (1998), The Coevolution of Community Networks and Technology: Lessons from the Flight Simulation Industry, Industrial and Corporate Change, 7: 311-346.Abstract
  • E. Abrahamson and Lori Rosenkopf (1997), Social Network Effects on the Extent of Innovation Diffusion: A Computer Simulation, Organization Science, 8: 289-309.Abstract
  • M. L. Tushman and Lori Rosenkopf (1996), Executive Succession, Strategic Reorientation and Performance Growth: A Longitudinal Study in the U.S. Cement Industry, Management Science, 42: 939-953.Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf and M. L. Tushman, “The Covevolution of Technology and Organization”. In Evolutionary Dynamics of Organizations, edited by J Baum and Jitendra Singh, (1994), pp. 403-424
  • E. Abrahamson and Lori Rosenkopf (1993), Institutional And Competitive Bandwagons: Using Mathematical Modeling as a Tool to Explore Innovation Diffusion, Academy of Management Review, 18: 487-517.Abstract
  • M. L. Tushman and Lori Rosenkopf (1992), Organizational Determinants of Technological Change: Towards a Sociology of Technological Evolution, Research in Organizational Behavior, 14: 311-347.Abstract

Awards and Honors

  • Wharton Teaching Excellence Award, 2018-2020
  • Elected member (one of 100), Macro-Organizational Behavior Society (MOBS), 2008
  • Best Management Paper Award, SDA Bocconi, 2007
  • David Hauck Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, 2006
  • Finalist, Best Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, 2003
  • Best Paper Award, Technology and Innovation Management Division of Administrative Sciences Association of Canada / International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, 2000
  • Junior Faculty Research Awards, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1994-1995
  • Finalist, Best Dissertation Proposal Competition, TIMS College on Organization, 1992
  • Columbia/Sloan Workshop Fellowship, Columbia Law School, 1992-1993
  • Center for the Social Sciences Fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1990-1991
  • Best Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, 1990
  • American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Fellowship, 1988-1989

Knowledge @ Wharton

  • The Headquarters Checklist: How Do Companies Pick a Location?, Knowledge @ Wharton - 10/24/2017
  • Check Your Connections: Is Your Social Network Strong?, Knowledge @ Wharton 03/29/2013
  • ‘Brain Drain’ or ‘Brain Exchange’: What Is the Cost When Immigrant Entrepreneurs Go Home?, Knowledge @ Wharton 06/22/2011
  • A World Transformed: What Are the Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years?, Knowledge @ Wharton 02/18/2009
  • The Social Network Benefit: Losing an Employee Doesn’t Have to Mean Losing Knowledge, Knowledge @ Wharton 10/04/2006
  • Connecting the Corporate Dots: Social Networks Reveal How Employees and Companies Operate, Knowledge @ Wharton 06/14/2006
  • The Loneliness of the LongDistance Innovator, Knowledge @ Wharton 09/13/2001
  • Informal Knowledge Networks Can Lead to More Formal Strategic Alliances, Knowledge @ Wharton 04/13/2000

She earned her BS and MS in Operations Research from Cornell University and Stanford University respectively. Lori also worked as a systems engineer for Eastman Kodak and AT&T Bell Laboratories before earning her PhD in Management of Organizations from Columbia University. Since joining the faculty in 1993, Lori has taught courses for undergraduates, MBAs, doctoral students, and executive education participants, receiving the Hauck Award for distinguished teaching in the undergraduate program. She has served as a Senior Editor for the journal Organization Science and as a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, and she has been elected as the Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management and also a member of the Macro-Organizational Behavior Society.

Lori’s research examines technological communities and social networks across several high-tech industries. She analyzes how and when knowledge may flow between technical professionals and between firms, mapping these flows in order to estimate which people, firms, and technologies are more likely to succeed. This research has been published in leading journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

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