Faculty Directory

Richard A. D’Aveni

Bakala Professor of Strategy



DegreeCPA, Massachusetts; PhD, Columbia University, 1987; MBA, Boston University, 1979; JD, Suffolk University, 1979; AB, Cornell University, 1975

AREAS OF EXPERTISEBusiness, corporate, and global strategy; organizational design and top management teams

Current Research Topics

  • Strategies for nations and corporations to revive America's economic power
  • Strategic capitalism
  • Hypercompetition
  • Price-quality competition

Selected Publications

  • Strategic Capitalism: Reviving American Economic Power and Winning the Capitalist Cold War, McGraw-Hill, 2012
  • Beating the Commodity Trap: Improving Your Competitive Position and Pricing Power, Harvard Business School Press, 2010
  • "Mapping Your Competitive Position," Harvard Business Review, November 2007
  • With D. Ravenscraft and P. Anderson, "From Corporate Strategy to Business-Level Advantage: Relatedness as Resource Congruence," Managerial and Decision Economics, 25(6-7), 2004
  • "Corporate Spheres of Influence," MIT Sloan Management Review, 45(4), 2004
  • "The Empire Strikes Back: Counter-Revolutionary Strategies for Industry Leaders," Harvard Business Review, November 2002
  • Strategic Supremacy, The Free Press, 2001
  • "New Organizational Forms and Strategies for Managing in Hypercompetitive Environments," Organization Science, 1999
  • Hypercompetition, The Free Press, 1994

Working Papers

  • With K. Pauwels, "The Dynamics of Price-Quality Competition: Oligopolistic, Resource-Based, or Hypercompetition?"


  • Top 50 Management Thinkers in the World and Top 10 Strategy Thinkers (CNN, The Times, The Times of India)
  • Forum Fellow, World Economic Forum
  • A.T. Kearney Award; Richard D. Irwin Foundation Fellowship
  • Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center Fellow, Wharton School
  • Runner-Up for Outstanding Teaching Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Honorable Mention, Academy of Management Hall of Fame
  • Nominee, SMS McKinsey Best Paper, Strategic Management Society, 2004

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 1988–present
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986–88

Nonacademic positions

  • Special Consultant, Federal Trade Commission, 1991–98
  • Lawyer/CPA, Coopers & Lybrand, 1979–82
  • Project Manager, Governor’s Staff, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1977–78
  • Legislative staff, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1975–77 

Board memberships

  • Board of Scholars, Chief Executive Leadership Institute at Yale University

Editorial positions

  • Editorial Boards, Strategic Management Journal, 1994–95 and 2008–present
  • Organization Science, 1992–2002
  • Administrative Science Quarterly, 1995–96
  • Academy of Management Journal, 1991–96

Research & Teaching

Richard D’Aveni has focused much of his recent research on the strategy of competition –including hypercompetition—and business advantage. He has recently turned his attention to commoditization and product positioning. Professor D’Aveni, who has also worked as an attorney and CPA, teaches the elective course Advanced Competitive Strategy.