Profile picture of Ralph A. Heidl

Ralph A. Heidl

Associate Professor of Management | Inman Research Scholar

Affiliations: Management, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, Oregon Executive MBA, Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 541-346-3586
Office: Anstett 393F



Ralph A. Heidl is an associate professor in the Department of Management and Inman Research Scholar at the Lundquist College of Business. His expertise includes collaborative networks, innovation management, intellectual property strategy, and technology entrepreneurship. His research on these topics has been published in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Research Methods, and Organization Science.

Ralph Heidl received his PhD from the University of Washington. Before earning his doctoral degree, he worked as a product manager, development architect, and program development manager in Germany. He has extensive industry experience in the design and implementation of mobile and collaborative business software for Fortune 500 companies.

Degree History:
  • PhD, University of Washington, 2010
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University, 2000
Previous Positions:
  • Assistant Professor of Management, Michigan State University
  • Lecturer in Spatial Information Systems, University of Tasmania

Back to Top

Areas of Expertise

  • Collaborative networks
  • Innovation management
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Technology entrepreneurship

Back to Top

Current Projects

  • McDonald, A. and R. Heidl. "Tensor Decomposition of Continuous Relational Variables: Finding Emergent Structures."
  • Jamieson, B., L. Szu-Han, J. Hollenbeck, and R. Heidl. "The Double-Edged Sword of Self-Managed Team Formation."
  • Howe, M., Z. Guo, R. Heidl, and J. Hollenbeck. "Physical, Task, and Social Embeddedness and Functional Turnover: A Social Network Approach."

Back to Top


Journal Articles:

McDonald, Aaron T., Dave Pulaski, and Ralph Heidl. "Magnetic Tower: Within and Between-Team Collaboration Experiential Exercise." Journal of Education for Business 98, no. 6: 338-346.

April 2023

Chari, Mukund, H. Kevin Steensma, Charles Connaughton, and Ralph Heidl. "The Influence of Patent Assertion Entities on Inventor Behavior." Strategic Management Journal 43, no. 8: 1666-1690.

August 2022

Guo, Zhiya (Alice), Ralph A. Heidl, John R. Hollenbeck, Andrew Yu, and Michael Howe. "When Discretionary Boundary Spanning Relationships Cease Becoming Discretionary: The Impact of Closed Ties on Informal Leadership Perceptions." Journal of Applied Psychology 107: no. 6: 898-916.

June 2022

Kim, Ji Youn (Rose), H. Kevin Steensma, and Ralph Heidl. "Clustering and Connectedness: How Inventor Network Configurations within Incumbent Firms Influence Their Assimilation and Absorption of New Venture Technologies." Academy of Management Journal 64, no. 5: 1527-1552.

October 2021

Matusik, James G., Ralph Heidl, John R. Hollenbeck, Andrew Yu, Hun Whee Lee, and Michael Howe. "Wearable Bluetooth Sensors for Capturing Relational Variables and Temporal Variability in Relationships: A Construct Validation Study." Journal of Applied Psychology 104, no. 3: 357-387.

March 2019

Chaffin, Daniel, Ralph Heidl, John R. Hollenbeck, Michael Howe, Andrew Yu, Clay Voorhees, and Roger Calantone. "The Promise and Perils of Wearable Sensors in Organizational Research." Organization Research Methods 20, no. 1: 3-31.

January 2017

Steensma, H. Kevin, Mukund Chari, and Ralph Heidl. "A Comparative Analysis of Patent Assertion Entities in Markets for Intellectual Property Rights." Organization Science 27, no. 1: 2-17.

January 2016

Steensma, H. Kevin, Mukund Chari, and Ralph Heidl. "The Quest for Expansive Intellectual Property Rights and the Failure to Disclose Known Relevant Prior Art." Strategic Management Journal 36, no. 8: 1186-1204.

August 2015

Heidl, Ralph A., H. Kevin Steensma, and Corey Phelps. "Divisive Faultlines and the Unplanned Dissolution of Multi-Partner Alliances." Organization Science 25, no. 5: 1351-1371.

September 2014

Phelps, Corey, Ralph Heidl, and Anu Wadhwa. "Knowledge, Networks, and Knowledge Networks: A Review and Research Agenda." Journal of Management 38, no. 4: 1115-1166.

July 2012
Other Publications:

Heidl, Ralph, H. Kevin Steensma, and Corey Phelps. "Coopetition in Multipartner Alliances: Knowledge Flow between Strangers among Friends." Academy of Management Proceedings 2016: no. 1.

January 2016

Chaffin, Daniel Thomas, Ralph Heidl, Mukund Chari, and Roger Calantone. "The Role of Examiner Workload and Applicant Reputation in Intellectual Property Protection." Academy of Management Proceedings 2013, no. 1.

January 2013
August 2010

In the News

Graduating seniors enrolled in this year’s Implementing Entrepreneurial Strategies course gained real-life industry experience working with four businesses and one nonprofit organization.
Management professor Ralph Heidl seeks to understand how enterprising firms and individuals work together to create and use new technological resources.
Lundquist College faculty continue to impress with distinguished honors and top industry recognition for their pioneering work.

Student-business collaboration highlights investment trends, faculty research, Cameron Center naming, and more.

Assistant Professor Ralph Heidl and his coauthors have found that patent assertion entities may play a beneficial role in technology markets.
We are pleased to welcome to the college seven new tenure-track faculty members who bring a wealth of expertise from around the world.