Frits Pil

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Frits Pil

Professor, Area Director, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business

Fellow (Honorary Appointment), University of Cambridge Judge Business School

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center

Research Interests

Dr. Pil's research focuses on organizational learning, and questions where knowledge originates, where it resides, and how it is transferred and leveraged within and across organizational boundaries.

Lawson, B., Pil, F. K., & Holweg, M. (2018). Multi-modal order fulfillment: Concept and application. Production and Operations Management, 27(2), 269-284.

Leana, C. & Frits, K. P. (2017). Social capital: An untapped resource for educational improvement. In E. Quintero (Ed.), Teaching in context: How social aspects of school and school systems shape teachers’ development and effectiveness, Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA.

Caner, T. Cohen, S. & Pil, F. (2017). Firm heterogeneity in complex problem solving: A knowledge-based look at invention. Strategic Management Journal, 38(9), 1791-1811.

Katz, H., MacDuffie, J. P., & Pil, F. K. (2014). ‘Crisis and Recovery in the US Auto Industry: Tumultuous Times for a Collective Bargaining Pacesetter.” In Collective Bargaining Under Duress: Case Studies of Major North American Industries, edited by Howard R. Stanger, Paul F Clark, Ann C. Frost.

Holweg, M., and Pil, F. K., (2012). Outsourcing complex business processes: Lessons from the Enterprise Partnership between BAE Systems and Xchanging. California Management Review.

Cruz, K., & Pil, F. K. (2011). Team Characteristics and Individual Stress. Human Relations, 64 (10), 1265-1289.

Kim, J., MacDuffie, J. P., & Pil, F. K. (2010). Employee voice and organizational performance. Human Relations, 63(3), 371-394.

Holweg, M., & Pil, F. K. (2009). A break from the past: Volvo and its malcontents. In M. Freyssenet (Ed.), The second automobile revolution. Palgrave MacMillan.

Pil, F. K., & Leana, C. (2009). Applying organizational research to public school reform: The effects of teacher human and social capital on student performance. Academy of Management Journal, 52(6), 1101-1124.

Holweg, M., & Pil, F. K. (2008). Theoretical perspectives on the coordination of supply chains. Journal of Operations Management, 26(3), 389-406.

Pinto, J., Leana, C., & Pil, F. K. (2008). Corrupt organizations or organizations of corrupt individuals? Two organizational-level corruption phenomena. Academy of Management Review, 33(3), 685-709.

Pil, F. K., & Fujimoto, T. (2007). Lean and reflective production: The dynamic nature of production models. International Journal of Production Research, 45(16), 3741-3761.

Cutcher-Gershenfeld, J., Sleigh, S., & Pil, F. K. (2006). Collective bargaining: Keeping score on a great American institution. In D. Lewin (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Employment Relations, LERA Research Volume, Cornell University Press.

Pil, F. K., & Cohen, S. (2006). Modularity and complexity: Implications for imitation, innovation, and sustained competitive advantage. Academy of Management Review, 31(4), 995-1011.

Pil, F. K., & Holweg, M. (2006). From value chain to value grid. MIT Sloan Management Review, 47(4), 72-80.

Leana, C., & Pil, F. K. (2006). Social capital and organizational performance. Organization Science, 17(3), 353-366.

Pil K. Frits, professor at the Katz Graduate School of Business and LRDC researcher, and his work on supply chains are mentioned in the Strategy+Business article "Your Business Needs an Extra Person."

April 4, 2016


Frits Pil and Center Associate Carrie Leana's blog on the social side of education reform “The Glue that Really Holds a School Together,”  appeared in the October 19 Washington Post.

October 2014


Antony Potter, Benn Lawson, Frits Pil, and Matthias Holweg received the Chris Voss Best Paper Award for their paper "Organizational responsiveness to supplier disruptions: Empirical evidence from agri-food product recalls" at the 21st International Annual EurOMA Conference.

September 2014

Frits Pil's paper "Social capital and organizational performance: Evidence from urban public schools" was cited in the Washington Post article "Do Students Learn More When Their Teachers Work Together?"

September 2014


Excellence in Teaching award

2003/2004, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010

Katz Graduate School of Business

Best Book Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


New York, USA

Recognized as one of top three College of Business Administration faculty

2003/2004, 2005/2006

Best Paper Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


New York, USA

International Fellow


Advanced Institute of Management, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), UK

Outstanding Young Scholar Award


Industrial Relations Research Association (LERA)

Frits Pil, Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business, and LRDC Research Scientist received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Katz School for the 2015/2016 year.


Frits Pil, Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business, and LRDC Research Scientist received the Doris & Douglas Bernstein Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence for the 2015/2016 year.