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 and the mechanisms that help them overcome this inertia. Dr. Villena is also interested in examining which mechanisms top managers use to align their interests with those of supply chain managers. Her 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, 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.

Selected Awards

2016 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Winner, Academy of Management Conference, Operations Management Division

2014 Best Reviewer Award Winner, Academy of Management Conference, Operations Management Division 

2011 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Finalist, Academy of Management Conference, Operations Management Division

2010 Student Best Paper Competition Finalist, Production and Operations Management, College of Supply Chain Management

2009 Best Paper Award Finalist, Decision Sciences Journal 

2001 Ranked first in graduating class, Universidad de Ingenieria 


Buyer-Supplier Relationships, Supply Networks, Sustainable Purchasing, and Empirical Research

Publication List

Villena, V.H., Craighead, C.W., "On the same page? How asymmetric buyer-supplier relationships affect opportunism and performance", Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming,

Villena, V.H., Choi, T.Y., & Revilla, E., "Managing the dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships", Supply Chain Management Review, 2015, Nov-Dec, 50-55.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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)