Ron Adner

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


DegreePhD, MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1998; ME, BME, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 1993

AREAS OF EXPERTISEStrategy, innovation, entrepreneurship

Current Research Topics

  • Innovation ecosystems
  • Organizing collaborative solutions
  • Diversification choices
  • Demand-based approaches to strategy

Selected Publications

  • The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation, Portfolio/Penguin, 2012
  • With R. Kapoor, “Value Creation in Innovation Ecosystems: How the Structure of Technological Interdependence Affects Firm Performance in New Technology Generations,” Strategic Management Journal, 31(3), 2010
  • With P. Zemsky, "A Demand-Based Perspective on Sustainable Competitive Advantage," Strategic Management Journal, 27(3), 2006
  • "Match Your Innovation Strategy to Your Innovation Ecosystem," Harvard Business Review, 84(4), 2006
  • With P. Zemsky, "Disruptive Technologies and the Emergence of Competition," Rand Journal of Economics, 36(2), 2005
  • With D. Levinthal, "What is Not a Real Option: Identifying Boundaries for the Application of Real Option to Business Strategy," Academy of Management Review, 29(1), 2004
  • With C. Helfat, "Dynamic Managerial Capabilities and Corporate Effects," Strategic Management Journal, 24(10), 2003
  • "When are Technologies Disruptive: A Demand-Based View of the Emergence of Competition," Strategic Management Journal, 2002

Working Papers

  • With R. Kapoor, "Innovation Ecosystems and the Pace of Substitution: Reexamining Technology S-Curves”
  • With F. Csaszar and P. Zemsky, “Positioning on a Multi-Attribute Landscape"


  • Tuck Class of 2011 Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2011 (inaugural award)
  • Best Paper Award, Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, 2004
  • Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, INSEAD, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2008–present
  • Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management, 2006–08
  • INSEAD Associate Professor of Strategy, 2002–08, Assistant Professor of Strategy, 1998–2002

Editorial Positions

  • Associate Editor, Management Science
  • Special Issue Co-editor, Academy of Management Review
  • Editorial Board
    Academy of Management Review
    Strategic Organization
    Strategic Management Journal