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Johannes M Pennings

Marie and Joseph Melone Professor Emeritus of Management

Research Interests: human and social capital as sources of competitive advantage, innovation and evolutionary theory, technological trajectories

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2035 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-7722


Johannes Pennings received his BA and MA at the Universities of Utrecht and Leiden (Netherlands) and his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Michigan. Born in the Netherlands, he has resided in the US since 1970. Prior to his current status as Marie and Joseph Melone Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he was affiliated with Carnegie-Mellon University and Columbia University. He also holds a summer appointment at the Department of Economics, Tilburg University, Netherlands. Recent visiting positions were at Stockholm School of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, LUISS in Rome and Seoul National University.


  • Anindya Ghosh, Martin Xavier, Johannes M Pennings, Filippo Wezel (2014), Ambition Is Nothing Without Focus: Compensating for Negative Transfer of Experience in R&D, Organization Science  Abstract
  • Johannes M Pennings, Anindya Ghosh (Working), It Takes Two to Tangle: Leadership and Survival of Entreprenurial Firms in a Contested technology Sector, SMS Conference, Madrid..
  • A. Ghosh, X. Martin, Johannes M Pennings, F.C. Wezel (2012), Ambition is Nothing Without Focus: Technology Scope, Organizational Learning and Inventive Impact, R&R , Organization Science
  • Johannes M Pennings, Filippo Wezel (2010), Faraway Yet So Close: Organizations in Demographic Flux, Organization Science, 21 (2), 451 - 468.    Abstract
  • Anindya Ghosh, Johannes M Pennings (Working), When Deference Hurts: Technology space activity and Failure.    Abstract
  • Sheen Levine, Johannes M Pennings (Working), What You See Is Not What You Get: Product Architecture and Corporate Strategy.    Abstract
  • Hann O Kim, Johannes M Pennings (2009), Innovation and Strategic Renewal in Mature Markets, Organization Science, 20 (2), 368 - 388.    Abstract
  • Anindya Ghosh, Johannes M Pennings (Working), Status as Liability for Knowledge Brokers: A study of inter-firm relationship in a convergent field.    Abstract
  • Filippo Wezel, G. Cattani, Johannes M Pennings (2006), Competetive Implications of Interfirm Mobility, Organization Science, 17, 691 - 709.    Abstract
  • Johannes M Pennings, Gino Cattani, "Sourcing of Innovation as Trendsetting in the Imaging Sector". In Small and Medium Sized Companies and the Global Economy, edited by G. Susman, (2006).    Abstract
  • Filippo Wezel, Johannes M Pennings, Gino Cattani (2005), Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Heterogeneity in Founding Patterns, Organization Science, 14 (6), 670 - 685.  
  • Gino Cattani, Johannes M Pennings, Filippo Wezel (2003), Organizational Turnover and the Evolution of Localized Populations, Organization Science    Abstract
  • Choonwoo Lee, Kyungmook Lee, Johannes M Pennings (2002), Internal Capabilities, External Linkages, and Performance: A Study on Technology-based Ventures, Strategic Management Journal, 22 (6/7), 615 - 640.    Abstract
  • Kyungmook Lee, Johannes M Pennings (2002), Mimicry and the Market: Adoption of a new Organizational Form , Academy of Management Journal, 45 (1), 144 - 162.    Abstract
  • Harry Barkema, Johannes M Pennings (1998), Top Management Pay: Impact of (C)Overt Power, Organization Studies, 19 (6).    Abstract
  • Johannes M Pennings, Kyungmook Lee, "Social Capital of Organization: Conceptualization, Level of Analysis and Performance Implications". In Corporate Social Capital, edited by Saul Gabbay, Roger Leenders, (1998).    Abstract
  • Johannes M Pennings, Arend Buitendam, New Technology and Organizational Innovation: The Development and Diffusion of Micro Electronics (1987).
  • Johannes M Pennings, Decision Making: An Organizational Behavior Approach (1986).
  • Johannes M Pennings, Organizational Strategy and Change (1985).
  • Johannes M Pennings, Interlocking Directorates: Origins and Consequences of Connections Among Organizations' Board of Directors (1980).

Awards And Honors

  • Member editorial board, Organization Science, 2007
  • Research Grant, Wharton-SMU Center. Performative Ties in the Imaging Industry, 2007
  • Visiting Scholar, Stockholm school of Economics, 2005-2006
  • Mack Center Grant, The Wharton School, Evolution in the Imaging Sector, 2004-2007
  • Visiting Professor CEIBS, Shanghai, 2003
  • Visiting Professor, Stockholm Handelshoegskolan, 2002
  • Visiting professor Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2001
  • Member editorial Board IEEE Proceedings, 2001
  • Visiting professor LUISS, Rome, Italy, 2000-2008 , 2000-2008
  • Member editorial Board, Academy of Management Review, 1999-2005
  • Member editorial Board, Academy of Management Journal, 1997-2000
  • Correspondent Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences , 1996
  • Program Chair, Technology and Innovation Division, Academy of Management, 1995
  • Member Editorial Board, Journal of High-Technology Management Research, 1994
  • Member Meso Organizational Society, 1990