Veronica Villena Martinez

WP Carey Business Building
Associate Professor
TEMPE Campus


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 social practices to their first-, second- and third-tier suppliers. Her research explores the challenges companies face in cascading their environmental and social requirements to these upstream suppliers while informing the reasons why suppliers do not fulfill such requirements. 

She won the 2019 Jack Meredith Best Paper award at the Journal of Operations Management and the Chan Hahn Best Paper Award of the Academy of Management (OSCM division) in 2016 and 2020. 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, Decision Sciences and Harvard Business 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


  • Ph.D. Business Administration, IE Business School
  • M.B.A. IE Business School
  • Industrial Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria


Gomez-Mejia, L., Martin, G., Villena, V.H., & Wiseman, R. Forthcoming. The behavioral agency model: Revised concepts and implications for operations and supply chain management. Decision Sciences Journal.


Wilhelm, M.M., & Villena, V.H. 2021. Cascading sustainability in multi-tier supply chains: When do Chinese suppliers adopt sustainable procurement practices? Production and Operations Management.


Villena, V.H., Wilhelm, M.M., & Xiao, C-Y. 2021. Untangling drivers for supplier environmental and social responsibility: An Investigation in Philips Lighting’ Chinese Supply Chain. Journal of Operations Management, 67: 476–510.


Villena, V.H., & Gioia, D. 2020. A more sustainable supply chain. Harvard Business Review, 98(2): 8493.


Villena, V.H., Revilla, E., & Choi, T.Y. 2020. Mitigating mechanisms for the dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships: A mix-method study. Journal of Supply Chain Management.


Villena, V. H., & Dhanokhar, S. 2020. How institutional pressures and managerial incentives elicit carbon transparency in global supply chains. Journal of Operations Management, 66(6): 697–734.


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.  


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


Villena, V.H. & Gioia, D. 2018. On the riskiness of lower-tier suppliers: Managing sustainability in supply networks. Journal of Operations Management, 64: 65–87.


Villena, V.H., Lu, G., Gomez-Mejia, L., & Revilla, E. 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 and Production Management, 38(8): 1640–1663.


Villena, V. H., & Craighead, C. 2017. On the same page? How asymmetric buyer-supplier relationships affect opportunism and performance. Production and Operations Management, 26(3): 491–508.


Salvador, F., & Villena, V. H. 2013. Supplier integration and new product development outcomes:  Conditional moderation effects of modular design competence. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49 (1): 87–113.


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


Villena, V.H., Revilla, E., & Choi, T.Y. 2011.The dark side of collaborative buyer-supplier relationships: A social capital perspective. Journal of Operations Management, 29(6): 561–576.



Villena, V.H., Gomez-Mejia, L., & Revilla, E. 2009. The decision of the supply chain executive to support or impede supply chain integration: A behavioral agency perspective. Decision Sciences, 40(4):635–665.




2021    Elected as the upcoming PDW Chair of OSCM division, AOM Conference

2020    Chan Hahn Best Paper Award, AOM Conference, OSCM Division

2019    Jack Meredith Best Paper Award, Journal of Operations Management

2019    Faculty Sustainability Award, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University

2018    Best Reviewer Honorable Mention Award, Journal of Operations Management

2016    Chan Hahn Best Paper Award, AOM Conference, OSCM Division

2014    Best Reviewer Award, AOM Conference, Operations Management Division                                     

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

2010    Student Best Paper Competition Finalist, AOM Conference, Operations Management Division

2010    Student Best Paper Competition Finalist, POMS Conference, College of SCM

2009    Best Paper Award Finalist, Decision Sciences Journal

2002    Academic Excellence Award, Union Life

2001    Ranked first in graduating class, Universidad de Ingenieria


Senior Editor, Production and Operations Management Journal

Associate Editor, Journal of Operations Management