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aija leiponen

Aija Leiponen

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Technology and Innovation Strategy

Contact Information

351C Warren Hall • Phone: 607.255.7588


Aija Leiponen joined the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics. During her doctoral studies, she spent two years as a Fulbright scholar in the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Cornell University, she carried out research at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, Institute for Industrial Relations in UC Berkeley, and the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) in Finland. Between 2009-2011 she was on the faculty of Imperial College Business School (London UK) and continues to hold a part-time position there.

Professor Leiponen’s teaching and research focus on the sources and effects of technological change in the economy. The overarching goal of her research program is to understand the role of inter-organizational cooperation in innovation. For example, she has examined the collaborative creation and transfer of knowledge between business service firms and their clients, the effects of collaboration on IP strategies of small firms, the decentralization of R&D activities into geographically distinct units, and the cooperative creation of technological standards in wireless telecommunications.

Ongoing projects examine the creation of open standards in the emerging smart grid industry, the effects of wireless telecom industry consortia on firms' litigation activities, and the emergence and governance of the (big) data economy.


Ph.D. (Economics), Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, 2000
M.S. (Economics), Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, 1993


AEM 2200: Business Management and Organization
AEM 3220: Digital Business Strategy
AEM 4370: Strategy and Innovation

Selected Publications

Bar, T. and A. Leiponen. 2014. Committee composition and Networking in Standard Setting: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 23(1): 1-23.

Delcamp, H. and A. Leiponen. Forthcoming. Innovating Standards Through Informal Consortia: The Case of Wireless Telecommunications. International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Bar, T. and A. Leiponen. 2012. A Measure of Probability Distance and Its Application to Technological Proximity. Economics Letters 116: 457-459.

Leiponen, A. 2012. The Benefits of R&D and Strategic Breadth in Innovation: A Comparison of Finnish Service and Manufacturing firms. Industrial and Corporate Change 21(5): 1255-1281.

Leiponen, A. and C. E. Helfat. 2011. Location, Decentralization, and Knowledge Sources for Innovation. Organization Science 22(3), 641-658.

Leiponen, A. and C. E. Helfat. 2010. Innovation Opportunities, Knowledge Sources, and the Benefits of Breadth. Strategic Management Journal 31(2), 224-236.

Leiponen, A. and J. Byma. 2009. If You Cannot Block, You Better Run: Small Firms, Cooperative Innovation, and Appropriation Strategies. Research Policy 38, 1478-1488.

Leiponen, A. 2008. Competing Through Cooperation: Standard-Setting in Wireless Telecommunications. Management Science 54(11), 1904-1919.

Leiponen, A. 2008. Control of Intellectual Assets in Client Relationships: Implications for Innovation. Strategic Management Journal 29, 1371-1394.

Leiponen A. and I. Drejer. 2007. What Exactly are Technological Regimes? Intra-industry Heterogeneity in the Organization of Innovation Activities. Research Policy 36, 1221-1238.

Leiponen, A. 2005. Skills and Innovation. International Journal of Industrial Organization 23(5-6), 303-323 (lead article).

Working Papers (available upon request)

Financing of Innovation in Emerging Economies (with Sharon Poczter and Jiahong Zhang).

Small Worlds and Affiliation Networks in Wireless Telecom Standardization (with Anne Ter Wal).

Patent Acquisition Services: A Market Solution to a Legal Problem or Nuclear Warfare? (with Henry Delcamp).

Russian Governance: The Influence of Ownership Networks and Organizational Transparency on Long-Term Resource Commitment in Russian Listed Firms (with Anna Grosman).

Femtocells and Mobile Coverage (with Pantelis Koutroumpis).

Putting All Eggs in One Basket? Capability Configurations and Survival of Entrepreneurial Startups (with Noni Symeonidou, Erkko Autio and Johan. Bruneel).