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Lori Rosenkopf

Simon and Midge Palley Professor

Professor of Management

Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Research Interests: innovation diffusion, learning in interorganizational networks, technological and organizational evolution

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: G95 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340
Office: (215) 898-7608


Lori Rosenkopf is the Simon and Midge Palley Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. 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 Ph.D. 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.


  • R. Ranganathan, Lori Rosenkopf (2013), Do ties really bind? The effect of knowledge and commercialization networks on opposition to standards, Academy of Management Journal
  • A. Ghosh, Lori Rosenkopf (Under Review), Shrouded in structure: Challenges and opportunities for a friction-based view of network research.
  • A. Ghosh, Lori Rosenkopf (Under Review), It’s a small world? Identification challenges and implications for performance in interorganizational networks.
  • Thomas Klueter, Lori Rosenkopf (Under Review), Opening Up but Staying Local: Insights from Partnership Formations between Established and Startup Firms.
  • A. Markus, Lori Rosenkopf (Working), Tapping into industry and academia: Inbound mobility, R&D collaboration and substitution effects.
  • A. Ghosh, Lori Rosenkopf (Working), Small-world, big impact? Network capacity as a function of structure and friction.
  • G. Surie, Lori Rosenkopf (Working), Knowledge valorization: How new technology firms emerge and create markets for knowledge.
  • Nicole Rosenkranz, Lori Rosenkopf (Working), Alliance ambidexterity: When exploration and exploitation cross firm boundaries.
  • Lori Rosenkopf, A. Gupta (Working), All networks are not equal: Multiple sources of information transfer and their effects on alliance formation rates in the cellular industry.
  • 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, Patia McGrath (2011), Advancing the Conceptualization and Operationalization of Novelty in Organizational Research, Organization Science, 22, 1297 - 1311.    Abstract
  • G. Dokko, 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, 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, G. Padula (2008), Investigating the microstructure of network evolution: Alliance formation in the mobile communications industry, Organization Science, 19, 669 - 687.    Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf, R. Corredoira, What you can gain when you lose good people, Harvard Business Review, 86(4): 24-28
  • Lori Rosenkopf, Enriching research on exploration and exploitation.” In Barry, D. and H. Hansen (Eds.), Handbook of the New and Emerging in Management and Organization, pp. 316-317
  • J. Kang, J. Bae, Lori Rosenkopf, Strength in numbers? Status-based homophily and multiparty alliances
  • Lori Rosenkopf, 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, M. Schilling (2007), Comparing Alliance Network Structure Across Industries: Observations and Explanations, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 1, 191 - 209.    Abstract
  • D. Lavie, Lori Rosenkopf (2006), Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Alliance Formation, Academy of Management Journal, 49:797-818.    Abstract
  • P. Anderson, 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, John Kimberly, (2004), 306 - 330.
  • Lori Rosenkopf, 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, A. Nerkar (2001), Beyond Local Search: Boundary-spanning, Exploration, and Impact in the Optical Disc Industry, Strategic Management Journal, 22: 287-306.    Abstract
  • Lori Rosenkopf, Cooperative technical organizations: Windows into technological communities
  • Lori Rosenkopf, E. McCarthy, SimStar Internet Solutions
  • Lori Rosenkopf, "Managing Dynamic Knowledge Networks". In Wharton on Managing Emerging Technologies, edited by George Day, Paul Schoemaker, (2000), 337 - 357.
  • Lori Rosenkopf, 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, 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, W. McKelvey, (1999), 169 - 183.
  • Lori Rosenkopf, 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
  • Lori Rosenkopf, A. Turcanu, The dynamics of informal network evolution: An exploratory case study in the cellular industry
  • E. Abrahamson, Lori Rosenkopf (1997), Social Network Effects on the Extent of Innovation Diffusion: A Computer Simulation, Organization Science, 8: 289-309.    Abstract
  • M. L. Tushman, 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, M. Faraoni, The coevolution of formal and informal interorganizational networks
  • Lori Rosenkopf, M. L. Tushman, "The Covevolution of Technology and Organization". In Evolutionary Dynamics of Organizations, edited by J Baum, Jitendra Singh, (1994), 403 - 424.
  • E. Abrahamson, 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, 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

  • 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
  • Best Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, 1990
  • Center for the Social Sciences Fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1990-1991
  • American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Fellowship, 1988-1989

In The News



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    Academics, students and practitioners alike are fascinated by the culture of tech sector--its people, practices, and organization. In this course we explore this sector using a combination of academic research papers and practitioner involvement. Each class session will be devoted to discussion of a single research article, during which we will be joined via Telepresence technology by a Wharton alum from the tech sector whose expertise is relevant to the paper topic. Therefore, the learning objectives of this half-credit course are to: 1)Understand the managerial, organizational, and regional institutions that characterize the tech sector, with particular emphasis on the case of Silicon Valley 2)Bridge research and practice by critical analysis of academic research in conjunction with practitioner input 3) Forge connections with tech sector practitioners, particularly with our west coast alumni base. Registration is by application only; Penn In Touch requests will not be processed. Enrollment is limited. The link to the application form will be available on the Management Department's website:, beginning March 21, 2016 through midnight on April 3, 2016.

    Students will be granted permits to enroll after a review of the applications (no later than April 8). The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 3, 2016.

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