Veronica H. Villena

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
Department: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 412 Business Building
Phone: 814-863-2054
Fax: 814-863-7067
Member of Faculty Since: 2012


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. She is also interested to examine which mechanisms these companies should purposefully set to avoid this inertia and how it can change when buyers and suppliers are embedded in larger networks. Her studies, which have been recognized by the Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences Institute, and Academy of Management, have disclosed the negative outcomes of strategic partnerships within the supply chain, the role of supply chain managers in assisting this type of relationships, and the trade-offs between efficiency and innovation in collaborative buyer-supplier efforts. Her work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences. You can easily access and download Dr. Villena's research papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN):


Buyer-Supplier Relationships, Supply Networks, Innovation, Sustainable Sourcing, and Empirical Research

Publication List

Villena, V.H., Gomez-Mejia, L., & Revilla, E., "The decision of the supply chain executives to support or impede supply chain integration: A behavioral agency perspective", Decision Sciences, 2009, 40(4), 635-665.

Villena, V.H., Revilla, E., & Choi, T.Y., "The dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships: A social capital perspective", Journal of Operations Management, 2011, 29(6), 561-576.

Revilla, E., Villena, V.H., "Knowledge integration taxonomy in buyer-supplier relationships: Trade-offs between innovation and efficiency", International Journal of Production Economics, 2012, 140, 854-864.

Salvador, F., Villena, V.H., "Supplier integration and NPD outcomes: Conditional moderation effects of modular design competence", Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2013, 49(1), 87-113.


Ph.D., Management, IE Business School,  2011 

M.B.A., IE Business School,  2005 

B.S., Industrial Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria,  2001 


SCM 406, Strategic Procurement (Undergraduate)

SCM 820, Strategic Procurement (Graduate)