Daniel Levinthal

Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania


Professor Levinthal has published extensively on questions of organizational adaptation and industry evolution, particularly in the context of technological change. He is a fellow of both the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of Strategy Science and has previously served as editor-in-chief of Organization Science.

Vote History

Statement Vote Confidence Comments
Introducing 5G networks 3-5 years ahead of other countries will give Chinese firms an advantage. Agree 8 “The Chinese government can be expected to privilege national firms in building out this network and technology providers whose systems will interface with this platform.”
A hard Brexit will have a significant negative impact on many businesses, even if they do not have a U.K. or European presence. Agree 8 “The hard Brexit would likely be a negative shock to the U.K. and EU, which in turn should act as a negative demand shock for the global economy.”
In the next five years, the blockchain will have a transformative effect on finance in emerging markets. Agree 3 “in some cases, emerging economies without an existing ‘installed base’ of structures/products/service are early adopters of new platforms. This could be an instance of this phenomenon.”
In the absence of a carbon tax, industry self-regulation can help mitigate the worst fallout from climate change. Disagree 8 “The volunteer approach would require a cooperative equilibrium across many players from a variety of industries — it is hard to see how such an equilibrium could emerge and be sustainable.”
Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas. Agree 7 “I would think this effect would be focused on R&D/development activities as this effect won’t seem to impact the already strong forces pushing/keeping manufacturing overseas.”
Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable. Strongly Agree 8 “Uber can be thought of as being in the technology enabled point-to-point transit business. Driverless cars will provide that same service at considerably less cost than the current driver-based [business].”
A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers. Strongly Agree 7 “Consumers face possible high costs but have the availability of substitutes. Firms risk losing market access and/or viability — a loose analogy to a displacement of a Cournot equilibrium to a Bertrand equilibrium.”
Concern over consumer privacy will fundamentally limit businesses’ ability to use big data. Did Not Answer