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Emerging Scholars Workshop 2014

June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 22 | 12:00 AM - Friday, June 27 | 11:59 PM EDT
The Wharton School

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Organized by Dan Levinthal

Fundamental to the problem of strategic management is the pursuit of competitive advantage in dynamic environments. An evolutionary approach that embraces the challenge of firm adaptation to settings which themselves are subject to complex dynamics has proven to be a powerful lens on this basic problem of strategic management and has formed the basis of considerable work in the strategy literature over the last two decades. While this line of work has achieved considerable prominence in the literature, it is still not a well-codified, or broadly diffused element of doctoral training in strategic management.

As a result, the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School is pleased to announce the third annual Mack Institute Emerging Scholars Workshop. The workshop was intended for scholars ranging from students who are completing the second year of doctoral studies to those who have recently completed a doctorate. The program was led by leading scholars in the field and attendance was restricted to 20 participants. The program consisted primarily of seminar discussions led by the participating faculty, but also included opportunities for participants to present their work in “poster sessions”.

Mack Institute Emerging Scholars Workshop 2014: Faculty List

  • Daniel Levinthal, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ron Adner, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Rajshree Agarwal, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Giovanni Gavetti, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Connie Helfat, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Thorbjørn Knudsen, University of Southern Denmark
  • Peter Murmann, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales
  • Daniel Raff, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Harbir Singh, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicolaj Siggelkow, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sidney Winter, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The program opened on the evening of Sunday, June 22 and ended on the afternoon of Friday, June 27. It was structured around the following topics: General foundations and motivations for an evolutionary perspective on strategy, organizational adaptation, industry evolution, entrepreneurship, technology strategy, and the role of the institutional environment.

The workshop aims to help a new generation of scholars push their own understanding and research forward and to help establish a community of young scholars with common interests.



  • Date: Sunday, June 22 - Friday, June 27
  • EDT

Event Organizer

  • Dan Levinthal