Mary Benner

Professor, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship


Mary Benner is a 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.