University of Southern California

Helena Yli-Renko
Director of the Greif Center, Orfalea Director's Chair in Entrepreneurship, & Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, MS, Helsinki University of Technology


Helena Yli-Renko's research focuses on the growth and performance of young, technology-based firms; internationalization; new product development; and knowledge acquisition and social capital in interfirm relationships. She has published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Business Venturing, among others, and has won awards from the Academy of Management, the American Marketing Association, the Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference, and the International Council for Small Business. Prior to joining USC, Professor Yli-Renko worked in consulting at McKinsey and Company and as Research Fellow at London Business School.


How Does Dependence on a Key Customer Affect the Growth of Entrepreneurial Firms? The Roles of Sales Cost Efficiency and Management Experience 2012
Resource Search, Interpersonal Similarity, and Network Tie Valuations in Nascent Entrepreneurs' Emerging Networks 2012
The Effect of International Intensity on the Survival of Young Firms: The Moderating Roles of Firm Age and Social Capital 2012
The Effects of Intellectual Capital on Radical and Incremental Product Innovation: A Configurational Approach 2012
Resource search, interpersonal similarity, and network tie valuations in nascent entrepreneurs' emerging networks 2011
The effects of intellectual capital on radical and incremental product innovation: A configurational approach 2011
The impact of environment and entrepreneurial perceptions on venture creation efforts: Bridging the discovery and creation views of entrepreneurship 2010
If it doesn't kill you...? How dependence on a key customer affects young firm survival and growth 2010
Exchange Relationships in Technoentrepreneurship Research: Toward a Multi-Theoretic, Integrative View 2007
All Your Eggs in One Basket? Key Customer Dependence and the Survival of Young, Technology-Based Firms 2005
Is What You See What You Get? The Impact of Entrepeneurial Cognition and Resource Accumulation on New Venture Creation 2004
Social Capital, Knowledge Acquisition, and the International Growth of Technology-Based New Firms 2002
Social Capital, Knowledge Acquisition, and Knowledge Exploitation in Young Technology-Based Firms 2001
The Role of Contractual Governance Flexibility in Realizing the Outcomes of Key Customer Relationships 2001
Dependence, Social Capital and Learning in Key Customer Relationships: Effects on the Performance of Technology-Based New Firms 1999
European Venture Capital: An Overview 1999
Social Capital, Relational Learning, and Knowledge Distinctiveness in Technology-Based New Firms 1999
The Major European Venture Capital Markets 1999
New, Technology-Based Firms as Agents of Technological Rejuvenation 1998
New, Technology-Based Firms in Small Open Economies: An Analysis Based on Finnish Experience 1998
The Network Embeddedness of New, Technology-Based Firms: Developing a Systemic Evolution Model 1998
International Growth of Young Technology-Based Firms: Resource-Based Network Model 1997
International Growth of Young, Technology-Based Firms 1997
Leveraging Resources Under the Threat of Opportunism: Predicting Networking in International Growth 1997
New, Technology-Based Firms in Networks 1997
Teknologiaintensiivisen pk-yrityksen liiketoimintasuunitelma (The business plan of a technology-based SME) 1996
The Catalyzing Impact of New Technology-Based Firms in Industrial Technological Renewal: Developing a Systematic Evolution Model 1996