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Mary Benner

Associate Professor
Strategic Mgmt/Entrepreneurship

Education

  • PhD 2002
    Management Columbia University

  • MBA 1989
    Stanford University

  • BS 1982
    Economics University of Minnesota

Expertise

  • Organizational learning and innovation
  • Management of technology and innovation
  • Influence of institutional pressures on firm innovation

Mary Benner is an associate professor in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Department.  Her research at the intersection of organization theory and strategic management explores how firms innovate and adapt to technological change. She has studied the effects of systematic process management practices such as ISO 9000 and Six Sigma on firms' innovation and responses to new technologies, and is currently examining the influence of financial markets and securities analysts in how established firms adapt to technological change. Her research is published in leading academic journals and has won several awards, including the Academy of Management Review's Decade Award and Best Paper Award.  She is an Associate Editor at Administrative Science Quarterly and was previously a Senior Editor at Organization Science.  She also serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review.  She holds a PhD in management from Columbia University, an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and a BS in economics from the University of Minnesota. She was an assistant professor in the Management Department at The Wharton School from 2001-2010, and prior to that also held managerial positions at Honeywell and as a consultant.

Selected Works

  • Benner Mary J. and Ram Ranganathan. Divergent reactions to convergent strategies: Investor beliefs and analyst reactions during technological change, Organization Science, 24(2): 378-394.
  • Benner, Mary J. and Mary Tripsas, 2012. The influence of prior industry affiliation on framing in nascent industries: The evolution of digital cameras. Strategic Management Journal, 33 (3): 277-302.
  • Benner, Mary J. and Ram Ranganathan, 2012. Offsetting illegitimacy? How pressures from securities analysts influence incumbents in the face of new technologies. Academy of Management Journal, 55(1): 213-233.
  • Benner, Mary J., 2010. Securities analysts and incumbent response to radical technological change: Evidence from digital photography and internet telephony. Organization Science 21 (1): 42-62.
  • Benner, Mary J. and Francisco Veloso, 2008. ISO 9000 practices and financial performance: A technology coherence perspective, Journal of Operations Management, 26(5): 611-629.
  • Benner, Mary and Joel Waldfogel, 2008. Close to you? Bias and precision in patent-based measures of technological position, Research Policy, 37: 1556-1567.
  • Benner, Mary J. 2008. Financial market reactions following technological discontinuities: A non-event study in two industries. Industrial and Corporate Change, 17(1): 109-154.
  • Benner, Mary J. 2007. The incumbent discount: Stock market categories and response to radical technological change. Academy of Management Review, 32: 703-720. (lead article)
  • Benner, Mary J. and Michael L. Tushman, 2003. Exploitation, exploration, and process management: The productivity dilemma revisited. Academy of Management Review, 28: 238-256.
  • Benner, Mary J. and Michael Tushman, 2002. Process management and technological innovation: A longitudinal study of the photography and paint industries. Administrative Science Quarterly, 47: 676-706
  • Benner, Mary J and Ram Ranganathan, 2010. Offsetting illegitimacy? The influence of securities analysts on incumbents facing new technologies. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Benner, Mary J., 2001. Process management and technological innovation: Evidence from the photography industry. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Henderson, Andrew D. and Mary J. Benner, 2000. The evolution of risk and return: Modeling the temporal unfolding of gains and losses. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Benner, Mary J., 1999. Process management and organizational adaptation to technological change. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Benner, Mary J. and Michael Tushman, 2007. "Process Management, Technological Innovation, and Organizational Adaptation." Chap. 15 in Business Process Transformation, edited by Varun Grover and M. Lynne Markus, 317-326. In the Advances in Management Information Systems (AMIS) serial. M.E. Sharpe.

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

  • Academic Director, Carlson Ventures Enterprise

Editorial Appointments

  • Editorial Board: Academy of Management Review
  • Senior Editor, Organization Science
  • Associate Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly

Honors and Awards

  • Winner of the 2010 Best Paper Award in the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management
  • Winner of the 2009 Stan Hardy Award for an outstanding paper published in the field of operations management
  • Finalist, 2008 Journal of Operations Management Best Paper Award.
  • Winner, 2004 Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award.
  • Winner, 2003 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy Division.
  • 2003 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy Division.
  • Best Student Paper Award, Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management, 1999.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, The Wharton School, 2004.
  • Winner, 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review
  • Winner of the 2013 Academy of Management Review Decade Award

Scholarly Service

  • Elected Representative-at- Large, Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management, 2007-2009.
  • Member, Research Committee, Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, 2006-2008.
  • Executive Committee, Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management
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