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Mary Benner

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship


  • PhD 2002
    Management Columbia University

  • MBA 1989
    Stanford University

  • BS 1982
    Economics University of Minnesota


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

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.

Selected Works

Mary J Benner and Ram Ranganathan, 2017. Measuring up? Persistence and change in analysts' evaluative schema following technological change. Organization Science, 28(4):760-780.
Mary Benner and Joel Waldfogel, 2016. The song remains the same? Technological change and positioning in the recorded music industry. Strategy Science 1(3): 129-147
Mary Benner and Todd Zenger, 2016. The lemons problem in markets for strategy. Strategy Science, 1(2):71-89.
Mary Benner and Michael Tushman, 2015. Reflections on the 2013 decade award: “Exploitation, exploration, and process management: The productivity dilemma revisited” ten years later. Invited paper, Academy of Management Review (40) 4: 497-514.
Mary J. Benner and Ram Ranganathan, 2013. Divergent reactions to convergent strategies: Investor beliefs and analyst reactions during technological change, Organization Science, 24(2): 378-394.
Mary J. Benner 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.
Mary J. Benner 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.
Mary J. Benner, 2010. Securities analysts and incumbent response to radical technological change: Evidence from digital photography and internet telephony. Organization Science 21 (1): 42-62.
Mary J. Benner and Francisco Veloso, 2008. ISO 9000 practices and financial performance: A technology coherence perspective, Journal of Operations Management, 26(5): 611-629.
Mary J. Benner and Joel Waldfogel, 2008. Close to you? Bias and precision in patent-based measures of technological position, Research Policy, 37: 1556-1567.
Mary J. Benner, 2007. The incumbent discount: Stock market categories and response to radical technological change. Academy of Management Review, 32: 703-720. (lead article)
Mary J. Benner and Michael L. Tushman, 2003. Exploitation, exploration, and process management: The productivity dilemma revisited. Academy of Management Review, 28: 238-256.
Mary J. Benner and Michael Tushman, 2002. Process management and technological innovation: A longitudinal study of the photography and paint industries. Administrative Science Quarterly, 47: 676-706

Current Activities

Administrative Appointments

  • Academic Director, Carlson Ventures Enterprise, 2010-2014

Editorial Appointments

  • Senior Editor, Organization Science 2012-2014

  • Associate Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly

  • Editorial Board: Academy of Management Review

Honors and Awards

  • 2003 Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award.

  • 2003 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Academy of Management Business Policy and Strategy Division.

  • 2013 Academy of Management Review Decade Award

  • Best Student Paper Award, Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management, 1999.

  • 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award, The Wharton School

  • 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Review

  • 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

Scholarly Service

  • Executive Committee, Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management 2011-2013

  • Officer, Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management (2014-present).  Currently Division Past Chair

  • 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.