Faculty Directory

Ron Adner

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Email

ron.adner@tuck.dartmouth.edu

Phone

603-646-9185

Personal Website

http://faculty.tuck.dartmouth.edu/ron-adner/

Degree

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

Areas of Expertise

Strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship

Bio

Professor Adner’s research and teaching focuses on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship. His work introduces a new perspective on the relationship between firms, customers, and the broader ‘innovation ecosystems’ in which they interact to create value.

Current Research Topics

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


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


Working Papers

  • “Competitive positioning and Generic Strategies” (with Francisco Ruiz-Aliseda and Peter Zemsky
  • “Diversification and performance: Linking market structure, market relatedness and the decision to diversify.” Selected for Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 2006.
  • “Interdependence and Investment Choices” (with Daniel Feiler)
  • “Cross-Platform Competition and Compatibility” (with Jianqing Chen and Feng Zhu)


Awards

  • Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigour and Relevance in the Study of Management, 2015.
  • Finalist, Academy of Management George R. Terry Book Award, 2013. The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See that Others Miss.
  • Runner-up, INFORMS-Industry Studies Association Best Paper Prize  (across 12 journals). 2013. “What firms make vs. what they know: How firms’ production and knowledge boundaries affect competitive advantage in the face of technological change.”
  • Management Science Meritorious Service Award. 2013.
  • Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 2008. "What firms make vs. what they know: How firms’ production and knowledge boundaries affect competitive advantage in the face of technological change."
  • Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 2006. "Diversification and performance: Linking market structure, market relatedness and the decision to diversify."
  • Best Paper Award, 2004 Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, for "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage."

Selected Publications

  • With R. Kapoor. “Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves” Strategic Management Journal. Forthcoming.
  • With R. Klingebiel (2015). “Real Options Logic Revisited: Disentangling Sequential Investment, Low-Commitment Strategies, and Resource Re-Allocation Reality.” Academy of Management Journal. 58(1): 221-241.
  • With F. Csaszar and P. Zemsky (2014). “Positioning on a Multi-Attribute Landscape.” Management Science.
  • With J. Oxley and B. Silverman (2013).  “Collaboration and Competition in Business Ecosystems.” Advances in Strategic Management 31: 9-18.
  • With R. Kapoor (2012). “What firms make vs. what they know: How firms’ production and knowledge boundaries affect competitive advantage in the face of technological change.” Organization Science, Special issue on Organizational Economics and Organizational Capabilities. 23(5): 1227–1248. Selected for Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 2008. Runner-up, INFORMS-ISA Best Industry Studies Paper Award (best paper across all 843 papers published in 2012 across all 12 INFORMS journals).
  • With D. Snow (2010). “Old Technology Responses to New Technology Threats: Demand heterogeneity and technology retreats.” Industrial and Corporate Change. 19(5):1655-1675.
  • With R. Kapoor (2010). “Value creation in innovation ecosystems: How the structure of technological interdependence affects firm performance in new technology generations.” Strategic Management Journal.31(3): 306-333.
  • With D. Snow (2010). “Bold retreat: A new strategy for old technologies.”  Harvard Business Review. 88(3): 76-81. Reprinted in Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with Strategy, Harvard Business Press, 2011.
  • With L. Polos, M. D. Ryall, and O. Sorenson (2009). "The case for formal theory." Academy of Management Review. 34(2):201-208.
  • With D. Levinthal (2008). “Doing versus seeing: Acts of exploitation and perceptions of exploration.” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 1(2):43-52.
  • “Real options and resource re-allocation processes.”  Advances in Strategic Management. 24: 363-272 (2007).