Frits Pil
University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Service Professor; Professor of Organizations and Entrepreneurship; Research Scientist


Frits Pil is Distinguished Service Professor, Professor of Organizations and Entrepreneurship, and Research Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh, and honorary Research Fellow at the Judge Business School (University of Cambridge, UK). Prof. Pil’s experience in academic leadership includes roles directing Faculty Development and Teaching Innovation, Area Director (Chair), and inaugural University of Pittsburgh Provost Fellow for Faculty.  University experience includes designing and deploying training for academic leaders, faculty, and staff, ED&I efforts, and teaching and mentorship innovations. Prof. Pil has played key roles in the University of Pittsburgh Middle States accreditation process, University-level promotion and tenure process design and decision making, and university research development efforts. He has received over 20 awards for his theoretically grounded, experientially driven, teaching of core leadership skills.  On the research and consulting front, he has worked with corporations around the world as well as with various public sector organizations to identify where knowledge originates, where it resides, and how it is transferred and leveraged for organizational success.  His work on innovation and organizational improvement efforts provides critical insights on how knowledge diversity, social architecture, and organizational design empower idea generation and organizational change.  His book, The Second Century, (MIT Press), won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s best book prize and is available in four languages.  His research findings have been published in a range of managerially oriented outlets such as the Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, and Harvard Business Review, as well as foundational academic journals including the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management. His research has been funded by the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program, The Sloan Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Professional Service and Activities, past and current:

  • Area Director (Chair), Organizations and Entrepreneurship, Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Provost Fellow for Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
  • Director, Faculty Development and Teaching Innovation, Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Deputy Chair, Research, University of Pittsburgh Middle States Re-accreditation
  • Steering Committee, University of Pittsburgh Middle States Re-accreditation
  • Research Committee, Plan for Pitt
  • University of Pittsburgh Research Council
  • Research Restart Working Group (Covid), University of Pittsburgh
  • Campus Crisis Support Team, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Personalized Education Committee
  • Co-Chair, Katz Planning and Development Team (Strategic Plan)
  • Katz ED&I Committee
  • Katz Executive Committee
  • Katz Planning and Budget Committee
  • Katz Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Katz Doctoral Committee
  • Katz Sustainability Committee
  • Chair; Co-Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Office Grant Competition
  • Social Sciences Research Initiative Committee, University of Pittsburgh
  • Co-Chair, Momentum Funds Teaming Grants Committee, University of Pittsburgh

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York.
  • Best Book Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York.
  • International Fellow, Advanced Institute of Management, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • Chris Voss Best Paper Award, European Operations Management Association (EurOMA).
  • Doris & Douglas Bernstein Awards for Faculty Teaching Excellence
  • Professional MBA Student Choice Awards, Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Excellence in Teaching Awards, Katz Graduate School of Business


PhD Human Resources and Corporate Strategy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; MA Managerial Science and Applied Economics, Wharton School; BA Economics, Harvard University


Portuguese, French, Dutch, German


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