Constance Helfat

J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy


DegreePhD, Yale University, 1985; MPhil, Yale University, 1982; MA, Yale University, 1981; AB, University of California, Berkeley, 1979

AREAS OF EXPERTISEBusiness strategy, technology

Current Research Topics

  • Firm capabilities
  • Innovation and knowledge management
  • Strategic change
  • Women executives

Selected Publications

  • With S. Winter, "Untangling Dynamic and Operational Capabilities: Strategy for the (N)ever Changing World," Strategic Management Journal, 2011
  • With A. Leiponen, "Location, Decentralization, and Knowledge Sources for Innovation," Organization Science, 2011
  • With A. Leiponen, "Innovation Objectives, Knowledge Sources, and the Benefits of Breadth," Strategic Management Journal, 2010
  • With A. Taylor, "Organizational Linkages for Surviving Technological Change: Complementary Assets, Middle Management, and Ambidexterity," Organization Science, 2009
  • With R. Agarwal, "Strategic Renewal of Organizations," Organization Science, 20(2), 2009
  • With S. Finkelstein, W. Mitchell, M. Peteraf, H. Singh, D. Teece, and S. Winter, Dynamic Capabilities: Understanding Strategic Change in Organizations, Blackwell Publishing, 2007

Working Papers

  • With M. Peteraf, "Cognitive Capabilities and the Microfoundations of Dynamic Managerial Capabilities”
  • With M. Campo-Rembado, "Integrative Capabilities, Vertical Integration, and Innovation Over Successive Technology Lifecycles"
  • With C. Stadler and G. Verona, "The Impact of Dynamic Capabilities on Resource Development"
  • With A. Lipparini and G. Verona, "Exploring Ambidexterity in Supplier Sets: Evidence from the Italian Motor Vehicle Sector"


  • Fellow, Strategic Management Society
  • The Wharton School MBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1998–present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, 2001–present, Academic Co-director, Back in Business program, 2005–07, Tuck School
  • Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1991–98
  • Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1987–91
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management, 1985–87

Editorial positions

  • Associate Editor, Palgrave Dictionary of Strategic Management, Strategic Management Journal
  • Editorial Board, Academy of Management Perspectives, Industry and Innovation, Strategic Organization