Birger Wernerfelt


Birger Wernerfelt

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Birger Wernerfelt is the J. C. Penney Professor of Management Science Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Wernerfelt has held teaching positions and has done research in marketing at MIT Sloan, in economics at the University of Copenhagen, and in strategy at Northwestern University and at the University of Michigan. His current research compares alternative ways of trading services.

Wernerfelt holds a BA in philosophy and an MA in economics from the University of Copenhagen and a DBA in managerial economics from Harvard University.


"Diversified Firms: Existence and Behaviors."

Wernerfelt, Birger. Journal of Institutional Economics Vol. 18, No. 3 (2022): 345-360. Download PDF. Download Preprint.

"When Does the Underdog Win?"

Wernerfelt, Birger. Strategy Science Vol. 7, No. 1 (2022): 1-9. Download Preprint.

"Internalization of Advertising Services: Testing a Theory of the Firm."

Wernerfelt, Birger, Alvin Silk, and Shuyi Yu. Marketing Science Vol. 40, No. 5 (2021): 946-963. Download Preprint.

"A Possible Micro-Foundation for the RBV and Its Implications."

Wernerfelt, Birger. Strategic Management Review Vol. 1, No. 1 (2020): 145-158. Download Paper.

"How Do Successful Scholars Get Their Best Research Ideas?"

Cao, Cathy, Xinyu Cao, Matthew Cashman, Madhav Kumar, Artem Timoshenko, Jeremy Yang, Shuyi Yu, Jerry Zhang, Yuting Zhu, and Birger Wernerfelt. Marketing Letters Vol. 30, No. 3 (2019): 221-232. Download Paper.

Adaptation, Specialization, and the Theory of the Firm: Foundations of the Resource-based View.

Wernerfelt, Birger. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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