Veronica H. Villena

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Assistant Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems

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Phone Number 814-863-2054
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Veronica H. Villena is an assistant professor of supply chain and information systems in the Smeal Business School at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research has focused on how buyers and suppliers inadvertently create relational inertia when they commit to establishing strategic partnerships and the mechanisms that help them overcome this inertia. Dr. Villena's current research explores how leading companies transfer their best environmental and social practices to their first-, second-, and third-tier suppliers. Her studies have been recognized by the Production and Operations Management Society, Decision Sciences Institute, and Academy of Management Society. Her work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management Journal, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Journal of Management, and Decision Sciences Journal. You can easily access and download Dr. Villena's research papers on Google Scholar:

Prior to joining the academia, Dr. Villena worked in several positions in manufacturing, purchasing, quality, and project management. Her experience as an auditor for SGS allowed her to assess process management of hundreds multinational companies in various industries in Europe and Latin America


Buyer-supplier relationships, Supply networks, Sustainable procurement


Ph D, Supply Chain Management, IE Business School, 2011

MBA, Operations Management, IE Business School, 2005

BS, Industrial Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, 2002

Courses Taught

SCM 820 – Strategic Procurement (4)
GE Cohort

SCM 406 – Strategic Procurement (3)
Analysis of strategic procurement in the supply chain.

Selected Publications

Villena V. H., Gioia D., "On the riskiness of lower-tier suppliers: Managing sustainability in supply networks." Journal of Operations Management, 2018.
Villena V. H., Lu G., Gomez-Mejia L., Revilla E., "Is top management team-supply chain manager interaction the missing link? An analysis of risk-bearing antecedents for supply chain managers." International Journal of Production and Operations Management, vol. 38, no. 8, 2018, pp. 1640–1663.
Villena V. H., Craighead C., "On the same page? How asymmetric buyer-supplier relationships affect opportunism and performance." Production and Operations Management, vol. 26, no. 3, 2017, pp. 491-508.
Villena V. H., Choi T. Y., Revilla E., "Revisiting interorganizational trust: Is more always better or could more be worse?." Journal of Management, 2016.
Mayo M., Gomez-Mejia L., Firfiray S., Villena V. H., "Leader Beliefs and CSR for Employees: The Case of Telework Provision." Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, vol. 37, no. 5, 2016, pp. 609-634.
Villena V. H., Choi T. Y., Revilla E., "Managing the dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships." Supply Chain Management Review, vol. November-December, 2015, pp. 50-55.
Salvador F., Villena V. H., "Suppliers integration and NPD outcomes: Conditional moderation effects of modular design competence." Journal of Supply Chain Management, vol. 49, no. 1, 2013, pp. 87-113
An earlier version of this paper was a finalist for the 2012 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award at the Academy of Conference, Operations Management Division.
Revilla E., Villena V. H., "Knowledge integration taxonomy in buyer-supplier relationship: Trade-offs between innovation and efficiency." International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 140, 2012, pp. 854-864.
Villena V. H., Revilla E., Choi T. Y., "The dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships: A social capital perspective." Journal of Operations Management, vol. 29, no. 6, 2011, pp. 561-576
This paper was chosen as a finalist for the Student Paper Competition in two conferences: The 2010 POMS Conference (College of Supply Chain Management) and the 2010 Academy of Management Meeting (Operations Management Division).
Villena V. H., Gomez-Mejia L., Revilla E., "The decision of the supply chain executive to support or impede supply chain integration: A behavioral agency perspective." Decision Science Journal, vol. 40, no. 4, 2009, pp. 635-665
This paper was chosen as one of the 2009 Best Paper Award Finalist at Decision Sciences Journal.


Journal of Operations Management, Associate Editor, August 2018 - Present
Journal of Supply Chain Management, Editorial Board, September 2013 - Present
Production and Operations Management, Editorial Board, April 2013 - Present
Journal of Business Logistics, March 2013 - Present
Ad-hoc Reviewer
Desicion Sciences Journal, March 2011 - Present
Ad hoc reviewer