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Giovanni Gavetti

Professor of Strategy and Innovation; Area Chair, Strategy





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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


Psychology of Strategic Leadership


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

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Professor (with tenure), Tuck School of Business, 2019–present
  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Tuck School of Business, 2012–19
  • 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
  • Senior Editor
    Strategy Science, 2013–present
    Organization Science, 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


  • Recipient of the 2022 inaugural Strategy Science best paper award for the paper: “Evolution cum Agency: Toward a Model of Strategic Foresight” (with Anoop Menon).
  • 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

Working Papers

  • With Ramon Lecuona Torras. “The Expertise of the Strategist” (under development).
  • With Constance Helfat and Luigi 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 Massimo 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.

Selected Publications

  • With Joe Porac: “Pankaj Ghemawat’s Commitment and the Job of the Strategist,” Strategy Science, 7 (2), 2022: 138-142.
  • With Dan Lovallo, Martin Huber, and Magdalena Smith: “Bias Busters: Don’t Steer Your Strategy by the Wrong Star,” McKinsey Quarterly, 2021.
  • With Ramon Lecuona Torras: “A Neo-Carnegie Approach to the Agency Question: Bridging the Evolutionary and Cognitive Views of Strategy,” Strategy Science, 6 (4), 2021: 265-273.
  • With Joe Porac: Co-editor of the special issue of Strategy Science “Where do great strategies come from?” Strategy Science, 3 (1), 2018: 352-365.
  • With Constance Helfat and Luigi Marengo. “Shaping, Searching, and the Quest for Superior Performance,” Strategy Science, 2 (3), 2017: 194-209.
  • With Anoop Menon. “Conceptual Models of Strategic Foresight,” Strategy Science, 1 (3), 2016: 207-233.
  • With M. Warglein, "A Model of Collective Interpretation," Organization Science, 26, 2015
  • "Representing is Not the Same Thing as Changing Organizations: Cyert and March Versus Simon," Journal of Management Inquiry, 24, 2015
  • With W. Ocasio, Cognition and Strategy, in the "Advances in Strategic Management" book series, Vol. 32, Emerald Group Publishing, 2015
  • With W. Ocasio, Introduction, Cognition and Strategy, in the "Advances in Strategic Management" book series, Vol. 32, Emerald Group Publishing, 2015
  • With M. Warglien, "A Model of Collective Interpretaption," Organization Science, 26(5), 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