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Giovanni Gavetti

Associate Professor of Business Administration





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

Areas of Expertise

Cognition, evolutionary theory, organizational learning, strategic change, strategy


Giovanni Gavetti teaches the core course Competitive & Corporate Strategy at Tuck. His research explores the cognitive foundations of strategy.

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Associate Professor (with tenure), 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

  • Editorial Boards
    European Management Review, 2007–present
    Industrial and Corporate Change, 2005–present,
    Journal of Management and Governance, 2000–07
    Organization Science, 2006–08
    Strategic Management Journal, 2007–11
  • Organization Science, senior editor, 2012–present
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer
    Academy of Management Journal
    Academy of Management Review
    Administrative Science Quarterly
    Industrial and Corporate Change
    Journal of Economics and Management
    Journal of Management and Governance Management Science
    Organization Science

Working Papers

  • With A. Menon. “Conceptual Models of Strategic Foresight” (Revise and Resubmit, Strategy Science)
  • With C. Helfat and L. Marengo. “Shaping, Searching, and Endogenous Selection: The Quest for Superior Performance” (prepared for the special issue of Strategy Science on “Evolutionary Approaches to Strategy”)
  • With M. Warglien. “Recognizing the New: A Multi-Agent Model of Analogy in Strategic Decision-Making.” Harvard Business School Working Paper Series, No. 08-028, October 2007
  • “Evolutionary Theory Revisited: Cognition, Hierarchy, and Capabilities.” Harvard Business School Working Paper Series, No 04-028, October 2003


  • Recipient of the 2015 Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize for the paper: “Capabilities, Cognition, and Inertia: Evidence from Digital Imaging.”
  • Winner, 2014 Tuck Teaching Excellence Award

Selected Publications

  • With W. Ocasio, "Advances in Strategic Management," edited volume on "Cognition and Strategy," (forthcoming)
  • With W. Ocasio, "Introduction," Advance in Strategic Management, volume on "Cognition and Strategy," (forthcoming)
  • With M. Warglien, "A Model of Collective Interpretation," Organization Science, 26(5):1263-1283, 2015
  • 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