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Harbir Singh

Mack Professor of Management

Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management

Vice Dean, Global Initiatives

Research Interests: corporate governance, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

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PhD, University of Michigan, 1984; MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1978; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1975


Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1984-present (Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, 2008-present; Acting Chairperson, Management Department, 2007-2008; named the Mack Professor, 2005; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, 2001-present; Chairperson, Management Department, 1999-2001; named Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management, 1999-2005).

Other Positions

Sales Management, Madura Coats, Ltd., 1978-79; Sales Officer, Philips India, Ltd., 1975-76

Professional Leadership

Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal, 1989-present; Editorial Board, Academy of Management Review, 1993-present


Selected Publications

Building Capabilities Through Learning: The Role of the Alliance Learning Process in Alliance Capability and Success, (with P. Kale). Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.

Splitting the Pie: Rent Distribution in Alliances and Networks, (with J. Dyer and P. Kale). Managerial and Decision Economics, forthcoming.

Organizing for Innovation: Managing the Coordination-Autonomy Dilemma in Technology Acquisitions, (with P. Puranam and M. Zollo). Academy of Management Journal 49:2, 2006.

When to Ally and When to Acquire? (with J. Dyer and P. Kale), Harvard Business Review, 2004.

Deliberate Learning in Corporate Acquisitions: Post-Acquisition Strategies and Integration Capability in US Bank Mergers, (with M. Zollo), Strategic Management Journal, 25:13, 2004.

A Bird in Hand? Integration Tradeoffs in Technology-Grafting Acquisitions, (with P. Puranam and M. Zollo), European Management Journal, 2003.

Interorganizational Routines and Performance in Strategic Alliances, (with J. Reuer and M. Zollo), Organization Science 13:6, 2002.

Alliance Capability, Stock Market Response and Long-Term Alliance Success: The Role of the Alliance Function, (with P. Kale and J. Dyer), Strategic Management Journal 23:8, 2002.

Post-Formation Dynamics in Strategic Alliances, (with M. Zollo and J. Reuer), Organization Science 23:2, 2002.

Value Creation and Success in Strategic Alliances: Alliancing Skills and the Role of the Alliance Function and Systems, (with J. Dyer and P. Kale), European Management Journal 19:5, 2001.

How To Make Strategic Alliances Work, (with P. Kale and J. Dyer), Sloan Management Review 42:4, 2001.

Corporate and Industry Effects on Business Unit Competitive Position, (with S.J. Chang), Strategic Management Journal 21:7, 2000.

Acquisition of Physician Group Practices by For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Organizations, (with R.L. Burns and R.A. DeGraaf), Quarterly Journal of Economics and Finance 39:4, 1999.

Complementarity, Status Similarity and Social Capital as Drivers of Alliance Formation, (with S. Chung and K. Lee), Strategic Management Journal, 2000.

The Architecture of Cooperation: Coordination Costs and the Governance of Strategic Alliances, (with R. Gulati), Administrative Science Quarterly, 1999.

When Does Corporate Restructuring Improve Economic Performance? (with E.H. Bowman, M. Useem and R. Bhadury), California Management Review, 1999.

Relational Advantage: Relational Rents and Sources of Interorganizational Advantage, (with J. Dyer). Academy of Management Review 23:4, 1998.

National Culture Distance and Cross-Border Acquisition Performance, (with P. Morosini and S. Shane), Journal of International Business Studies, 1998.

Asset Redeployment, Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy in Declining Industries, (with J. Anand), Strategic Management Journal, 1997.

Corporate Restructuring: A Symptom of Poor Governance or a Solution to Past Managerial Mistakes? (with C. Markides), European Management Journal 15:3, 1997.