TEPPO FELIN

CURRENT RESEARCH


bounded rationality, search, evolution, perception, theory-data links, organization design, strategy


APPOINTMENTS


2021 - present, Douglas D Anderson Endowed Professor, Huntsman School of Business, USU


2013 - 2021, Professor of Strategy, University of Oxford


2021 - present, Founding Director, Institute for Interdisciplinary Study


2015 - 2016, Academic Area Head (for Strategy, OT, IB & Marketing faculty), Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


2016 - 2021, Director of Diploma in Strategy & Innovation, University of Oxford


2016 - 2021, Board Member, Oxford Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford


prior to Oxford, I held faculty appointments at the Marriott School, BYU & Goizueta Business School, Emory University


INTERDISCIPLINARY

COLLABORATIONS


Caryn Devins

law [html]


George F.R. Ellis

mathematics, physics [html]


Stuart Kauffman

theoretical biology [html]


Jan Koenderink

physics, computer vision [html]


Joachim Krueger

cognition, psychology [html]


Denis Noble

biology [html]


PUBLICATIONS


Felin T & Koenderink J (2022). A generative view of rationality and growing awareness. Frontiers in Psychology. [html]

special issue edited by Shaun Gallagher, Riccardo Viale and Vittorio Gallese


Felin T, Kauffman S & Zenger (2022). Resource origins and search. Strategic Management Journal. [html]


Felin T, Koenderink J, Krueger J, Noble D & Ellis GFR (2021a). The data-hypothesis relationship. Genome Biology. [html]


Felin T, Gambardella A & Zenger T (2021). Value lab: A tool for entrepreneurial strategy. Management & Business Review. [html]


Mastrogiorgio A, Felin T, Kauffman S & Mastrogiorgio (2021). More thumbs than rules: Is rationality an exaptation? Frontiers in Psychology. [html]


Felin T, Koenderink J, Krueger J, Noble D & Ellis GFR (2021b). Data bias. Genome Biology. [html]


Felin T & Kauffman S (2021). The search function and evolutionary novelty. Oxford University Press.


Felin T & Felin M (2020). Seeking rationality: $500 bills and perceptual obviousness. Handbook of Bounded Rationality.


chapters also by Dan Sperber, G Gigerenzer, Cristina Bicchieri, Cass Sunstein, Phil Johnson-Laird, Nancy Nersessian, Paul Thagard, Richard Nelson, etc


Felin T, Gambardella A, Stern S & Zenger T (2020). Lean startup and the business model: Experimentation revisited. Long Range Planning. [open access]


Felin T & Zenger T (2020). Open innovation: A theory-based view. Strategic Management Review.


Hallberg N & Felin T (2020). Untangling infinite regress and the origins of capability. Journal of Management Inquiry.


Felin T, Felin M, Koenderink J & Krueger J (2019). On surprise-hacking. Perception. [open access pdf]


Chater N, Felin T, Funder D, Gigerenzer G, Koenderink J, Krueger J, Noble D, Nordli S, Oaksford M, Schwartz B, Stanovich K & Todd P (2019). Mind, rationality and cognition: An interdisciplinary debate. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [html] [pdf]


Felin T & Foss N (2019). Microfoundations for institutional theory? Research in the Sociology of Organizations.


Felin T & Lakhani K (2018). What problems will you solve with blockchain? MIT Sloan Management Review. [html]


Devins C, Felin T, Kauffman S & Koppl R (2018). The law and big data. Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy. [html]


Felin T & Zenger T (2017). The theory-based view: Economic actors as theorists. Strategy Science. [html] [pdf]


Felin T, Koenderink J & Krueger J (2017). Rationality, perception, and the all-seeing eye. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [html] [pdf]


Felin T & Zenger T (2017). What sets breakthrough strategies apart. MIT Sloan Management Review.


Felin T, Lakhani K & Tushman M (2017). Firms, crowds, and innovation. Strategic Organization. [pdf]


Felin T & Zenger T (2016). Strategy, problems and a theory for the firm. Organization Science.


Felin T, Kauffman S, Mastrogiorgio A & Mastrogiorgio M (2016). Factor markets, actors and affordances. Industrial & Corporate Change.[html]


Felin T (2016). When strategy walks out the door. MIT Sloan Management Review. [html]


Stirling W & Felin T (2016). Satisficing, preferences and social interaction: A new perspective. Theory & Decision. [html]


David R, Felin T, Langley A, Rowley T, Verona G (2016). The strategic organization of strategic management scholarship. Strategic Organization.


Koppl R, Kauffman S, Felin T & Longo G (2015b). Economics for a creative world: A response to comments. Journal of Institutional Economics.


Felin T, Foss N & Ployhart R (2015). Microfoundations movement in strategy and organization theory. Academy of Management Annals.


Koppl R, Kauffman S, Felin T & Longo G (2015a). Economics for a creative world. Journal of Institutional Economics.


this paper received the 2016 Elinor Ostrom Prize [html]


Felin T (2015). Valve Corporation: Strategy tipping points and thresholds. Journal of Organization Design. [html]


commentary on article by Phanish Puranam and Dorthe Håkonsson.[html]


Devins C, Koppl R, Kauffman S & Felin T (2015). Against design. Arizona State Law Journal. [html]


responses to this article by: Steven Calabresi [pdf], Sanford Levinson [pdf], Vernon Smith [pdf]


Felin T, Kauffman S, Koppl R & Longo G (2014). Economic opportunity and evolution: Beyond landscapes and bounded rationality. Strategic

Entrepreneurship Journal. [html]


Mark Buchanan discusses this paper in Nature Physics, see here


Felin T & Zenger T (2014). Closed or open innovation? Problem solving and the governance choice. Research Policy. [open access]


Barney J & Felin T (2013). What are microfoundations? Academy of Management Perspectives. [pdf]


Argyres N, Felin T, Foss N & Zenger T (2012). Organizational economics of capability and heterogeneity. Organization Science. [html]


Felin T (2012). Cosmologies of capability, markets and wisdom of crowds. Managerial & Decision Economics. [html]


interdisciplinary special issue with contributions from David Sumpter, Scott Page, Robb Willer, Claudio Castellano, Peter Leeson, Bruno Frey, Margit Osterloh and others


Felin T & Foss N (2012). The (proper) microfoundations of routines and capabilities: a response to Winter, Pentland, Hodgson and Knudsen. Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf]


Felin T & Foss N (2009). Performativity of theory, arbitrary conventions, and possible worlds: a reality check. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]


Felin T & Zenger T (2009). Entrepreneurs as theorists: on the origins of collective beliefs and novel strategies. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. [pdf] [html]


Felin T, Zenger T & Tomsik J (2009). The knowledge economy: emerging organizational forms, missing microfoundations and key considerations for managing human capital. Human Resource Management.


Abell P, Felin T & Foss N (2008). Building microfoundations for the routines, capabilities, and performance links. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html]


Felin T & Hesterly W (2007). The knowledge-based view, nested heterogeneity, and new value creation: philosophical considerations on the locus of knowledge. Academy of Management Review. [pdf] [html]


Felin T & Foss N (2006). Individuals and organizations: thoughts on a microfoundations project for strategic management and organizational analysis. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.


Felin T & Foss N (2005). Strategic organization: a field in search of micro-foundations. Strategic Organization. [pdf]


commentary by Jay Barney and Bruce Kogut

MISCELLANEOUS


working on Future of Industrial Strategy research project with Julian Allwood & U of Cambridge Engineering (total EPSRC funding £5 million) - details here and here

The fallacy of obviousness

Aeon [html]


Strategy: A Very Short Introduction book under contract with Oxford University Press


co-founder of "Foundations of Value & Values"-initiative, housed @ Blavatnik School, Oxford Univ - faculty group now includes Ruth Chang, Paul Collier, George Ellis, Cecilia Heyes, Colin Mayer & Denis Noble


Aug 2019: presented at conference celebrating Stu Kauffman's work, Santa Fe Institute [html] - talk titled "Mind and Economy"


co-taught (with Nir Vulkan) online Oxford Blockchain Strategy course [html] 2017-2020


May 2019: London50 conference - debate about the concept of ecosystems with Gary Dushnitsky


March 2019: Utah Winter Strategy Conference [html] - "state of field" panel presentation with Jay Barney and Joanne Oxley


Oct 2018: open innovation conference, UC Berkeley


Jan 2019: strategy for startups and SMEs, Strategy Insight Lab project [html] - with Arnaldo Camuffo, Alfonso Gambardella, Elena Novelli, Chiara Spina


June 2018: Strategy Science

conference at Wharton, UPenn [html] - panel with Arnaldo Camuffo, Alfonso Gambardella, Todd Zenger and Scott Stern


BBC interview related to big data, artificial intelligence and the fallacy of obviousness [html]


April 2018: Big Data symposium [html]


interview with Geoff Mulgan at the Oxford Literary Festival: book Big Mind (Princeton U Press) [html]


"Creating a hive mind" - blurb about some of my research, written by Rob Brown [html]


speaking at Edith Penrose book launch in Oxford, 16 Nov 2017 [html]


EconTalk podcast with Russ

Roberts (Hoover, Stanford Univ): Blindness, rationality,

and perception [html]


Sept 2017 Strategy Science conference at Apple, Cupertino, CA: origins of great strategy [html]


Sept 2017 plenary with Nick Chater and Adam Oliver: behavioral science and public policy [html]


90 mile Oxford-Cambridge charity bike ride, British Heart Foundation [donate here]


FURTHER PUBLICATIONS


Felin T & Powell T (2016).

Designing organizations for

dynamic capabilities. California Management Review. [html]


Devins C, Koppl R, Kauffman S & Felin T (2016). Still against design: A response to Steven Calabresi, Sanford Levinson and Vernon Smith. Arizona State Law Journal. [pdf]


Felin T (2015). A forum on minds and institutions. Journal of Institutional Economics. [html]


intro to forum with papers by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie and Giovanni Dosi & Luigi Marengo


Abell P, Felin T & Foss N (2014). Microfoundations of Social Theory: A Response to Jepperson and Meyer. Sociologica. [html]


Stirling W & Felin T (2013). Game theory, conditional preferences and social influence. PLoS ONE. [html]


Felin T & Knudsen T (2012). A theory of nascent entrepreneurship and organization. Managerial & Decision Economics. [pdf] [html]


Felin T, Foss N, Heimeriks K & Madsen T (2012). Microfoundations of routines and capabilities: individuals, processes and structures. Journal of Management Studies.


Stirling W, Giraud-Carrier C & Felin T (2012). A framework for the design and synthesis of coordinated social systems. Social Informatics.


Felin T & Foss N (2011). The endogenous origins of experience, routines and organizational capabilities: the poverty of stimulus. Journal of Institutional Economics. [pdf] [html]


three responses to the above article: S Winter, Problems at the Foundation? Comments on Felin & Foss and B Pentland and G Hodgson and T Knudsen


Felin T & Zenger T (2011). Information aggregation, matching, and radical market-hierarchy hybrids. Strategic Organization.

[pdf] [html]


Zenger T, Felin T & Bigelow L (2011). Theories of the firm-market boundary. Academy of Management Annals. [html] [pdf]


Abell P, Felin T & Foss N (2010). Causal and constitutive relations and the squaring of coleman's diagram: reply to Vromen Erkenntnis. [html] [pdf]


Felin T & Foss N (2009).

Social reality, the boundaries of self-fulfilling prophecy, and economics. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]


response by Ferraro, Pfeffer & Sutton. How and why theories matter: a comment on Felin and Foss [see here]; editor introduction [see here]


Felin T & Foss N (2009). Organizational routines and capabilities: Historical drift and a course-correction toward microfoundations. Scandinavian Journal of Management. [html]


King B, Felin T & Whetten D (2009). Comparative organizational analysis. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. [pdf]


review of volume by P Foreman in Administrative Science Quarterly (2010)


Felin T & Spender JC (2009). An exchange of ideas about knowledge governance: seeking first principles & microfoundations. In Knowledge Governance, edited by Foss et al. Oxford University Press.


King B, Felin T & Whetten D (2010). Finding the organization

in organization theory: a meta-theory of the organization as social actor. Organization Science. [pdf] [html]


Whetten D, Felin T & King B (2009). Theory-borrowing in organizational studies. Journal of Management. [pdf] [scribd]