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

Phone: 
213-821-1477
Education: 
PhD, MS, Helsinki University of Technology

Overview

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.

Research

Yli-Renko, H. K., Martin-de Castro, G., Delgado-Verde, M., and Navas-Lopez, J.E. (2012) "The Effects of Intellectual Capital on Radical and Incremental Product Innovation: A Configurational Approach,".
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Janakiraman, R. (2012) "How Does Dependence on a Key Customer Affect the Growth of Entrepreneurial Firms? The Roles of Sales Cost Efficiency and Management Experience,".
Grossman, E., Yli-Renko, H. K., and Janakiraman, R. (2012) "Resource Search, Interpersonal Similarity, and Network Tie Valuations in Nascent Entrepreneurs' Emerging Networks," Journal of Management, 38 (6), 1760-1787.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Sapienza, H., Janakiraman, R., and Mani, D. (2012) "The Effect of International Intensity on the Survival of Young Firms: The Moderating Roles of Firm Age and Social Capital,".
Grossman, E., Yli-Renko, H. K., and Janakiraman, R. (2011) "Resource search, interpersonal similarity, and network tie valuations in nascent entrepreneurs' emerging networks," Journal of Management, in press.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Martin-de Castro, G., Delgado-Verde, M., and Navas-Lopez, J.E. (2011) "The effects of intellectual capital on radical and incremental product innovation: A configurational approach,".
Edelman, L., and Yli-Renko, H. K. (2010) "The impact of environment and entrepreneurial perceptions on venture creation efforts: Bridging the discovery and creation views of entrepreneurship," Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 34 (5), 833-884.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Janakiraman, R. (2010) "If it doesn't kill you...? How dependence on a key customer affects young firm survival and growth,".
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Janakiraman, R. (2008) "How Customer Portfolio Affects New Product Development in Technology-Based Entrepreneurial Firms," Journal of Marketing, 72 (September), 131–148.
Yli-Renko, H. K., "Chapter 3," in Therin, F., eds., Handbook of Research on Techno-Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publishing 2007.
Yli-Renko, H. K. (2005) "All Your Eggs in One Basket? Key Customer Dependence and the Survival of Young, Technology-Based Firms," Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
Edelman, L.F., Friga, P., Mishina, Y., and Yli-Renko, H. K. (2004) "Is What You See What You Get? The Impact of Entrepeneurial Cognition and Resource Accumulation on New Venture Creation," Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Conference.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Autio, E., and Tontti, V. (2002) "Social Capital, Knowledge Acquisition, and the International Growth of Technology-Based New Firms," International Business Review, 11, 279-304.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Autio, E., and Sapienza, H.J. (2001) "Social Capital, Knowledge Acquisition, and Knowledge Exploitation in Young Technology-Based Firms," Strategic Management Journal, 22, 529-613.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Sapienza, H.J., and Hay, M. (2001) "The Role of Contractual Governance Flexibility in Realizing the Outcomes of Key Customer Relationships," Journal of Business Venturing, 16, 529-555.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Hay, M., "European Venture Capital: An Overview," in Bygrave, B., Hay, M., and Peeters, J., eds., The Venture Capital Handbook, Financial Times Prentice Hall, London 1999.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Sapienza, H. J., Autio, E., and Hay, M. (1999) "Social Capital, Relational Learning, and Knowledge Distinctiveness in Technology-Based New Firms," Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Hay, M., "The Major European Venture Capital Markets," in Bygrave, B., Hay, M., and Peeters, J., eds., The Venture Capital Handbook, Financial Times Prentice Hall, London 1999.
Yli-Renko, H. K., Dependence, Social Capital and Learning in Key Customer Relationships: Effects on the Performance of Technology-Based New Firms, Finnish Academy of Technology, Espoo 1999.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Autio, E. (1998) "New, Technology-Based Firms in Small Open Economies: An Analysis Based on Finnish Experience," Research Policy, 26 (9), 973-987.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Autio, E. (1998) "The Network Embeddedness of New, Technology-Based Firms: Developing a Systemic Evolution Model," Small Business Economics, 11, 253-267.
Autio, E., and Yli-Renko, H. K. (1998) "New, Technology-Based Firms as Agents of Technological Rejuvenation," Entrepeneurship and Regional Development, 10, 71-92.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Autio, E. (1997) "International Growth of Young Technology-Based Firms: Resource-Based Network Model," Journal of Enterprising Culture.
Autio, E., Yli-Renko, H. K., and Sapienza, H.J. (1997) "Leveraging Resources Under the Threat of Opportunism: Predicting Networking in International Growth," Economic and Social Research Council and University of Cambridge Working Paper Series (70).
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Autio, E., New, Technology-Based Firms in Networks, Center for Technology Management, Otaniemi 1997.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Autio, E. (1997) "International Growth of Young, Technology-Based Firms," Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Small Business Institute.
Yli-Renko, H. K., and Autio, E., The Catalyzing Impact of New Technology-Based Firms in Industrial Technological Renewal: Developing a Systematic Evolution Model, Center for Technology Management , Otaniemi 1996.
Yli-Renko, H. K., "Teknologiaintensiivisen pk-yrityksen liiketoimintasuunitelma (The business plan of a technology-based SME)," in Autio, E., and Virtanen, M., eds., Teknologian kehittaminen pk-yrityksissa, Tekniikan akateemiset TEK, Vantaa 1996.