Lori Rosenkopf is the Simon and Midge Palley Professor, professor of management, and vice dean of entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in Management of Organizations from Columbia University after working as a systems engineer for Eastman Kodak and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Prior to that, Lori earned her BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and her MS in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Since joining the faculty in 1993, Lori has taught courses for undergraduates, MBAs, and doctoral students, as well as for executive education and online participants. She received the Hauck Award for distinguished teaching in the undergraduate program. Lori served two terms as the vice dean and director of the Wharton Undergraduate Division from 2013–2019, where her accomplishments included introducing the new Wharton undergraduate curriculum, elevating alternative curricular and career pathways, and growing diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Lori’s research examines technological communities and social networks across several high-tech industries. She analyzes how and when knowledge may flow between technical professionals and between firms, mapping these flows in order to estimate when people, firms, and technologies are likely to learn, move, and succeed. Her research has been published in leading journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.
Lori has also served as a senior editor for the journal Organization Science and as a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences. She has been elected a member of the Macro-Organizational Behavior Society and also to a term as the chairperson of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.