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Richard A. D’Aveni

Bakala Professor of Strategy





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

Areas of Expertise

Business, corporate, and global strategy; organizational design and top management teams


Richard D'Aveni was listed as one of the Thinkers50, the premier biannual ranking of strategy and management thinkers in the world, in 2007, 2009 and 2011. In addition, he was named one of the seven most influential strategic theorists in the world by the Corporate Executive Board. D’Aveni has consulted with presidents, prime ministers, governors, kings, billionaires, and Global 1000 CEOs for over 20 years.

Current Research Topics

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

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

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

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