Faculty Directory

Constance E. 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

  • Business and corporate strategy, especially firm capabilities and adaptation to change, with application to innovation, top management, vertical integration

Selected Publications

  • “Managerial Cognitive Capabilities and the Microfoundations of Dynamic Publications  Capabilities” (with Margaret Peteraf). Forthcoming, Strategic Management Journal.
  • “Quantitative Empirical Analysis in Strategic Management” (with Richard Bettis, Alfonso Gambardella, Will Mitchell). Forthcoming, Strategic Management Journal.
  • “Fit Between Organization Design and Organizational Routines” (with Samina Karim). Forthcoming, Journal of Organization Design.
  • “Dynamic Managerial Capabilities: A Perspective on the Relationship Between Managers, Creativity and Innovation in Organizations” (with Jeffrey Martin). Forthcoming in Christina Shalley, Michael Hitt, and Jing Zhou, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: Multilevel Linkages, Oxford University Press.
  • “The Impact of Dynamic Capabilities on Resource Access and Development” (with Christian Stadler and Gianmario Verona). 2013. Organization Science 24(6): 1782-1804.
  • “Technical Fitness.” 2013. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “Evolutionary Fitness.” 2013. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “Capability Lifecycle” (with Tiona Zuzul). 2013. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “Managerial Resources and Capabilities” (with Andrea Hugill). 2013. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “Managerial Rents” (with Andrea Hill). 2013. Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management: Palgrave Macmillan.

Working Papers

  • “Dynamic Managerial Capabilities: A Review and Assessment of Managerial Impact on Strategic Change” (with Jeffrey Martin).
  • “Integrative Capabilities, Vertical Integration, and Innovation Over Successive Technology Lifecycles” (with Miguel Campo-Rembado).
  • “Ambidexterity in Inter-firm Partnerships: Evidence from Buyer-Supplier Relationships in the Italian Motor Vehicle Sector” (with Andrea Lipparini and Gianmario Verona).
  • “Field Evidence on Individual Behavior and Performance in Rank-order Tournaments” (with Kevin Boudreau, Karim Lakhani, and Michael Menietti).


  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management
  • Fellow of the Strategic Management Society
  • Yale University Graduate Fellowship
  • Distinction on Ph.D. Qualifying Examination in Economic History
  • High Honors in Economics and Great Distinction in General Scholarship, University of California at Berkeley
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Academic positions

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

  • J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy, 2004-present
  • Professor of Strategy and Technology, 2002-2004
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration (with tenure), 1998-2002
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Digital Strategies, 1999-present

Harvard Business School

  • Visiting Scholar, Strategy Unit, 2008-2009

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management, 1991-1998

Northwestern University, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Strategy, 1987-1991

University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management

  • Assistant Professor, 1985-1987

Editorial positions

  • Co-editor, Strategic Management Journal, 2013-present
  • Associate Editor, Strategic Management Journal, 2007-2013
  • Associate Editor, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, 2009-present
  • Associate Editor, Management Science, 2001-2008
  • Special Issue Co-editor (with Rajshree Agarwal), Organization Science, Special Issue on Strategic Renewal, 2006-2008
  • Special Issue on Strategic Renewal, 2006-2008
  • Special Senior Editor, Organization Science, 1999-2001
  • Special Issue Editor, Strategic Management Journal, Special Issue on The Evolution of Capabilities, 1999-2000

Research & Teaching

Constance Helfat’s research seeks to understand the nature of strategic change in organizations, particularly change that is a result of emerging technology, knowledge, and capabilities. She teaches the elective courses Deconstructing Apple, a research-to-practice seminar, and Strategic Principles for Internet Businesses.

Five Project

Constance E. Helfat is an organizer of The FIVE Project, which aims to accelerate and broaden the reach of research on firm and industry evolution and related areas of entrepreneurship.

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Strategic Management Journal

Constance E. Helfat is co-editor of the Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), which is the official journal of the Strategic Management Society.

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