Erin Fahrenkopf

David A. Tepper School of Business

Carnegie Mellon University

240-B Posner

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

emckinne at andrew dot cmu dot edu


I am a Ph.D. student in the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change program in the Organizational Behavior and Theory group at Carnegie Mellon University’ Tepper School of Business. My primary areas of interest are strategy and organizational theory. I am particularly interested in organizational learning, strategic human capital, behavioral strategy, and how group dynamics contribute to firm competitive advantage.

My dissertation examines how the processes that underpin individuals’ use of experience across firm boundaries affect firms’ ability to learn from their employees’ prior experience. I draw on the literature on knowledge transfer, employee mobility, and firm capabilities to examine how employee knowledge gained in one firm context can be beneficial in another. In all, the dissertation informs when employees help enable firm activity using the knowledge embedded in their prior organizational experiences.