Benjamin Campbell is an Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. He received a PhD in economics from UC-Berkeley and has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Ohio State University.

Dr. Campbell teaches the core Organizations, Markets, and Management course in the MBA program.  For this course, he has been named the “Outstanding Full-Time MBA Core Professor” in 2010, 2012, and 2013 and the “Outstanding Working Professional MBA Core Professor” in 2011 and 2014. He was the recipient of the 2011Pace Setters Westerbeck Graduate Teaching Award and was nominated for the 2013 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Campbell’s research explores the boundary conditions of mechanisms that limit the mobility of human capital to established and entrepreneurial firms and thus adds to the understanding of the role of human capital in creating and sustaining competitive advantage in dynamic environments. His research has appeared in outlets including Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Industrial Relations, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review.  His research has been named the runner-up for the 2014 INFORMS-Industry Studies Association Best Paper Prize and the runner-up for the 2009 Best Conference Paper at the Strategic Management Society.

He has served the community of scholars as the elected representative-at-large for the Strategic Management Society’s Strategic Human Capital Interest group, as a member of the Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and as a member of the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Organizations.  He has also co-organized multiple conferences on Human Capital, including the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group’s mini-conference on the Value Proposition of Human Capital. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Capital
  • Employee Mobility
  • Employee Entrepreneurship
  • Labor Markets
  • Knowledge Transfer


  • PhD in Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics, The Ohio State University


Campbell BA, Saxton BM, Banerjee P. 2014. Campbell, Resetting the Shot Clock The Effect of Comobility on Human Capital. Journal of Management, 40:531-556.

  • Finalist for Best Conference Paper at the 2010 Strategic Management Society meetings.

Campbell BA. 2013. Earnings Effects of Entrepreneurial Experience: Evidence from the Semiconductor Industry. Management Science, 59(2) 286-304.

  • Runner-up for 2014 INFORMS-Industry Studies Association Best Paper Prize

Campbell BA. Banerjee P. 2012. Knowledge Complementarities:  Human Capital Management and R&D Investment in High-Technology Firms. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 4(3/4) 335-355.

Campbell BA, Coff R, Kryscynski D. 2012.Re-thinking Competitive Advantage from Human Capital: How the Concept of Firm-Specificity Has Led Strategy Theorists Astray. Academy of Management Review, 37(3) 376-395.

Carnahan S, Agarwal R, Campbell BA. 2012. The Effect of Firm Compensation Structures on Employee Turnover and Employee Entrepreneurship of Extreme Performers. Strategic Management Journal, 33(12):1411-1430.

Campbell BA, Ganco M, Franco A, Agarwal R. 2012. Who Leaves, to Go Where, and Does it Matter?:  Employee Mobility, Employee Entrepreneurship and the Effects on Parent Firm Performance. Strategic Management Journal, 33(1):65-87.

  • Runner-up for Best Conference Paper at 2009 Strategic Management Society.
  • Nominated for Best Conference Paper for Practice Implications at 2009 Strategic Management Society.

Banerjee P, Campbell BA. 2009. Inventor Bricolage and Firm Technology and Development.  R&D Management, 39(5):473-487.

Echambadi R, Campbell BA, Agarwal R. 2006. Encouraging Best Practice in Quantitative Management Research: An Incomplete List of Opportunities.Journal of Management Studies, 43(8):1801-1820.

Brown C, Campbell BA. 2002. The Impact of Technological Change on Work and Wages. Industrial Relations, 41(1):1-33. 

Brown C, Campbell BA. 2001. Technical Change, Wages, and Employment in Semiconductor Manufacturing. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 54(2): 450-65. 

Book Chapters

Andersson F, Brown C, Campbell BA, Chiang H, Park Y. 2010. How Good Are U.S. Jobs? Characteristics of Job Ladders across Firms in Five Industries. Labor in the Era of Globalization, edited by Clair Brown, Barry Eichengreen, and Michael Reich. University of Chicago Press.

Andersson F, Brown C, Campbell BA, Chiang H, Park Y. 2008.  The Effect of HRM practices and R&D investment on Worker Productivity. National Bureau of Economic Research Volume:  Analysis of Firms and Employees: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, edited by Stefan Bender, Julia Lane, Kathryn Shaw, Fredrik Andersson, and Till von Wachter. University of Chicago Press.

Campbell BA. 2005. Using Linked Employer-Employee Data to Study Entrepreneurial Issues. Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research: Disciplinary Perspectives, edited by Sharon Alvarez, Rajshree Agarwal, and Olav Sorenson.  Springer. 

Raphael S, Brown C, Campbell BA. 2000. High-Tech Industries in California: Panacea or Problem? Policy Issues Facing the California Labor Market, edited by Paul Ong and Jim Lincoln,. Institute of Industrial Relations, UC-Berkeley.


    Working Papers

    Agarwal R, Campbell BA, Franco A, Ganco M. 2013. What Do I Take with Me: The Impact of Transfer and Replication of Resources on Parent and Spin-Out Firm Performance.

    • Nominated for Best Conference Paper for Practice Implications at the 2012 Strategic Management Society meetings.

    Kryscynski D, Coff R, Campbell BA. 2013. Utility Players and Utility Functions: Co-Specialized General Human Capital and Compensating Wage Differentials.

    • Nominated for Best Conference Paper at the 2014 Strategic Management Society meetings

    Agarwal R, Campbell BA, Carnahan S, Franco A. 2013. Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Two-Sided Incomplete Information and Human Capital Composition over the Firm Lifecycle.

    •  Awarded Rector’s Award for Most Innovative Paper at the 2011 DRUID Conference

    Campbell BA, Coff R, Kryscynski, D. 2013. NBA On Demand: The Impact of Human Capital on Consumer Willingness to Pay and Competitive Advantage.

    • Nominated for Best Conference Paper at the 2013 Strategic Management Society meetings


    • BUSFIN 7702 - Applied Managerial Economics for Health Sciences

      To provide an economics-oriented framework for analyzing managerial and organizational problems, and to further the understanding of how a health science firm's internal rules of the game affect behavior and performance. Prereq: Admission into the Business Minor in Health Sciences.

    • MBA 6240 - Organizations, Markets and Management-EMBA

      Microeconomics from a management and organizational perspective, developing a framework grounded in the fundamentals of economic theory. Prereq: Enrollment in Executive MBA program or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 812.

    • BUSMHR 7302 - Markets, Organizations, and HRM

      The employment relationship from an economic perspective; economic analysis applied to important managerial decisions involving the coordination and motivation of organizational members. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 854.

    • BUSMHR 4320 - Human Resource Management in a Market Economy

      Application of economic theory to organizations and labor markets; emphasis on the role of labor market analysis in human resource decision-making. Prereq: 2291 or 2292 (BusAdm 499.01); and 3200 (701), and AcctMIS 2200 (211), 2300 (212) , and BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331). Not open to students with credit for 651.