Faculty Directory

Giovanni Gavetti

Associate Professor of Business Administration



DegreePhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2000; MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1998; BA, Bocconi University, Milan, 1993

AREAS OF EXPERTISECognition, evolutionary theory, organizational learning, strategic change, strategy

Selected Publications

  • With Massimo Warglien, "A Model of Collective Interpretation," Organization Science (forthcoming)
  • With William Ocasio, Advances in Strategic Management, edited volume on "Cognition and Strategy," (forthcoming)
  • With William Ocasio, "Introduction," Advances in Strategic Management, volume on "Cognition and Strategy," (forthcoming)
  • With H. Greve, D. Levinthal, and W. Ocasio, "The Behavioral Theory of the Firm: Assessment and Prospects," Academy of Management Annals, 2012
  • "Toward a Behavioral Theory of Strategy," Organization Science, 23, January/February 2012
  • "The New Psychology of Strategic Leadership," Harvard Business Review, 89(7–8), July–August 2011
  • With D. Levinthal and W. Ocasio, "Neo-Carnegie: The School's Past, Present, and Reconstructing for the Future," Organization Science, 18(3), May–June 2007
  • With J.W. Rivkin, "On the Origin of Strategy: Action and Cognition Over Time," Organization Science, 18(3), May–June 2007
  • "Cognition and Hierarchy: Rethinking the Microfoundations of Capabilities’ Development," Organization Science, 16(6), November–December 2005
  • With D. Levinthal and J.W. Rivkin, "Strategy-Making in Novel and Complex Worlds: The Power of Analogy," Strategic Management Journal, 26(8), August 2005
  • With J.W. Rivkin, "How Strategists Really Think: Tapping the Power of Analogy," Harvard Business Review, 83(4), April 2005
  • With D. Levinthal, "The Strategy Field from the Perspective of Management Science: Divergent Strands and Possible Integration," Management Science, 50, October 2004
  • With M. Tripsas, "Capabilities, Cognition and Inertia: Evidence from Digital Imaging," Strategic Management Journal, 21, October–November, 2000
  • With D. Levinthal, "Looking Forward and Looking Backward: Cognitive and Experiential Search," Administrative Science Quarterly, 45, March 2000


  • Winner, 2014 Tuck Teaching Excellence Award

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2012–present
  • Associate Professor, 2006–12, Assistant Professor, 2000–06, Harvard Business School
  • Instructor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1997–98
  • Lecturer, 1994–05, Teaching Associate, 1993–04, Research Fellow, 1993–05, Bocconi University, Milan

Editorial positions

  • 2012-Present Senior Editor, Strategy Science
  • 2012-Present Senior Editor, Organization Science
  • 2007-Present Member, Editorial Board, European Management Review
  • 2007-2009 Member, Executive Committee, Academy of Management, BPS Division
  • 2007-Present Member, Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal
  • 2006-2008 Member, Editorial Board, Organization Science
  • 2005-Present Member, Editorial Board, Industrial and Corporate Change
  • 2000-2007 Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Management and Governance
  • 2001-Present Member, Strategy Research Forum
  • 2001-Present Executive committee CCC Doctoral Consortium
  • 1999-Present Member, Strategic Management Society
  • 1999-Present Ad hoc reviewer, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Economics and Management, Journal of Management and Governance Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science