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Phebo Wibbens

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: competitive strategy, formal modeling, resource based view, dynamic capabilities

Links: CV

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Address: 2050 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Phebo Wibbens is a PhD Candidate in Management, subfield Strategy, at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He applies formal modeling to better understand how resource dynamics shape long term company returns. For instance, in his dissertation research he finds that just 100 companies appropriate more than half of the total value appropriated over the past 90 years across a database of more than 20,000 US listed firms. Moreover, he finds significant differences in the value appropriation patterns across industries. Such patterns in long term value appropriation are explained through a model of the interactions over time between dynamic capabilities, operating resources and value appropriation. His dissertation committee consists of Nicolaj Siggelkow (advisor), Dan Levinthal (chair) and David Hsu.

Before joining Wharton, Phebo worked for 8 years at Bain & Company in Amsterdam and Boston, first as a consultant and more recently leading the research team in the Global Strategy Practice. He is the writer and co-author of the Dutch management book Toonaangevend (translation in English as Iconic: How to create a virtuous circle of success), about why organizations such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have been able to stay iconic for more than a century.  Phebo holds M.Sc. degrees (cum laude) in both Physics and Mathematics from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), as well as an M.Sc. degree in Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and three children in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA.


  • Phebo Wibbens (Work In Progress), Exploring The 20 Trillion Dollar Question: How Industry-level Resource Characteristics Shape Long-term Company Returns.  Abstract
  • Nicolaj Siggelkow, Phebo Wibbens (Under Review), A ladder of competitive advantage.  Abstract
  • Phebo Wibbens (Under Revision), Finding the signal of dynamic capabilities: A Bayesian analysis of performance variations.  Abstract



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