Nelson Repenning

School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies

Biography | Selected Publications

"Capability Erosion Dynamics." ​Rahmandad H. and N. Repenning. Strategic Management Journal.

"Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Embeddedness Failure in the Pharmaceutical Industry." Azoulay, Pierre, Nelson P. Repenning, and Ezra W. Zuckerman (2010). Administrative Science Quarterly, 55(3): 472-507. (2010)

Effects of Feedback Delay on Learning (2009)

The Dynamics of Silencing Conflict (2009)

A Dynamics Theory of Expertise and Occupational Boundaries (2004)

Selling System Dynamics to (other) Social Scientists (2003)

A Simulation-Based Approach to Understanding the Dynamics of Innovation Implementation (2002)

Capability Traps and Self-Confirming Attribution Errors in the Dynamics of Process Improvement (2002)

Disaster Dynamics: Understanding the Role of Stress and Interruptions in Organizational Collapse (2002)

THE SPEED TRAP: Exploring the Relationship Between Decision Making and Temporal Context (2002)

Understanding Fire Fighting in New Product Development (2001)

Why Firefighting Is Never Enough: Preserving High Quality in Product Development (2001)

A Dynamic Model of Resource Allocation in Multi-Project Research and Development Systems (2000)

Drive Out Fear (Unless You Can Drive It In): The Role of Agency and Job Security in Process Improvement Efforts (2000)

Getting Quality the Old Fashion: Self-Confirming Attributions in the Dynamics of Process Improvement, Improving Theory and Research on Quality Enhancement in Organizations (2000)

Unanticipated Side Effects of Successful Quality Programs: Exploring a Paradox of Organizational Improvement (1997)

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