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Veronica Villena

Veronica Villena

Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business

W.P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University
PO Box 874706
Tempe, AZ 85287-4706


  • Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business


Veronica Villena's research focuses on how companies engage their global supplier network to achieve economic, environmental and social outcomes. She has worked with leading sustainability companies in the automotive, electronics, consumer product, pharmaceutical, fashion and food sectors on how they can diffuse their environmental and labor practices  to their first-, second- and third-tier suppliers. Her research explores the challenges companies face in cascading their environmental and labor requirements to these upstream suppliers while informing the reasons why suppliers do not fulfill such requirements. She has done extensive grounded research in several emerging/developing countries and worked with industry organizations and NGOs to better understand the environmental and labor conditions in supplier factories.

Among her list of honors, she has been awarded the Responsible Research Award from the RRBM Network (2022), the Chan Hahn Best Paper Award of the Academy of Management- OSCM division (2020 and 2016), the Jack Meredith Best Paper award from the Journal of Operations Management (2019), and the Faculty Sustainability award from Pennsylvania State University (2019).  Her work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences. She also publishes in managerial outlets such as Harvard Business Review and Supply Chain Management Review. She currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management and a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. Villena's research papers can be accessed at

Before joining W. P. Carey, professor Villena was an assistant professor of supply chain management at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her doctorate in business and MBA from IE Business School (Spain) and her bachelor degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (Peru). 


  • PhD, Business Administration, IE Business School
  • MBA, Business Administration, IE Business School
  • Industrial Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria


Journal Articles


Guo, X., G. Lu, V. H. Villena, D. Vogel and G. R. Heim. 2022. Supply chain transformation and technology management challenges in developing regions: Inductive theory building from rural Chinese nanostores. Journal of Operations Management 68(5):454-486. DOI: 10.1002/joom.1198. (link )


Gomez-Mejia, L. R., G. Martin, V. H. Villena and R. M. Wiseman. 2021. The behavioral agency model: Revised concepts and implications for operations and supply chain research. Decision Sciences 52(5):1026-1038. DOI: 10.1111/deci.12547. (link )

Villena, V. H., T. Choi and E. Revilla. 2021. Mitigating mechanisms for the dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships: A mixed-method study. Journal of Supply Chain Management 57(4):86-116. DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12239. (link )

Villena, V. H., C. F. Nicholson, A. M. Novakovic and M. Stephenson. 2021. Management lessons from the U.S. dairy sector’s pandemic response. Supply Chain Management Review (link )

Wilhelm, M. and V. H. Villena. 2021. Cascading sustainability in multi-tier supply chains: When do Chinese suppliers adopt sustainable procurement practices?. Production and Operations Management 30(11):4198-4218. DOI: 10.1111/poms.13516. (link )


Villena, V. H. and S. Dhanorkar. 2020. How institutional pressures and managerial incentives elicit carbon transparency in global supply chains. Journal of Operations Management 66(6):697-734. DOI: 10.1002/joom.1088. (link )

Villena, V. H. and D. A. Gioia. 2020. A more sustainable supply chain. Harvard Business Review 98(2):84-93. (link )


Villena, V. H. 2019. The missing link? The strategic role of procurement in building sustainable supply networks. Production and Operations Management 28(5):1149-1172. (link )

Villena, V. H., T. Y. Choi and E. Revilla. 2019. Revisiting inter-organizational trust: Is more always better or could more be worse?. Journal of Management 45(2):752-785. DOI: 10.1177/0149206316680031. (link )


Villena, V. H. and D. A. Gioia. 2018. On the riskiness of lower-tier suppliers: Managing sustainability in supply networks. Journal of Operations Management 64(Nov):65-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2018.09.004. (link )

Villena, V. H., G. Lu, L. R. Gomez-Mejia and E. Revilla. 2018. Is top management team-supply chain manager interaction the missing link? An analysis of risk-bearing antecdents for supply chain managers. International Journal of Operations & Production Management 38(8):1640-1663. DOI: 10.1108/IJOPM-05-2017-0258. (link )


Villena, V. H. and C. W. Craighead. 2017. On the same page? How asymmetric buyer-supplier relationships affect opportunism and performance. Production and Operations Management 26(3):491-508. DOI: 10.1111/poms.12648. (link )


Villena, V. H., T. Choi and E. Revilla. 2015. Managing the dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships. Supply Chain Management Review Nov-Dec:50-55. (link )


Salvador, F. and V. H. Villena. 2013. Supplier integration and NPD outcomes: Conditional moderation effects of modular design competence. Journal of Supply Chain Management 49(1):87-113. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-493x.2012.03275.x. (link )


Revilla, E. and V. H. Villena. 2012. Knowledge integration taxonomy in buyer–supplier relationships: Trade-offs between efficiency and innovation. International Journal of Production Economics 140(2):854-864. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.07.002. (link )


Villena, V. H., E. Revilla and T. Y. Choi. 2011. The dark side of buyer–supplier relationships: A social capital perspective. Journal of Operations Management 29(6):561-576. DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2010.09.001. (link )


Villena, V. H., L. R. Gomez-Mejia and E. Revilla. 2009. The decision of the supply chain executive to support or impede supply chain integration: A multidisciplinary behavioral agency perspective. Decision Sciences 40(4):635-665. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5915.2009.00245.x. (link )