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Ron Adner

Nathaniel D’1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration

Email

ron.adner@tuck.dartmouth.edu

Phone

603-646-9185

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

Courses

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategy; Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems

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, Area Head, Strategy and Management, 2016–18; David T. McLaughlin D’54, T’55 Chaired Professorship 2016–19; The Nathaniel D’1906 and Martha E. Leverone Memorial Professor of Business Administration 2019–present
  • Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management, 2006–08
  • INSEAD Associate Professor of Strategy, 2002–08; Assistant Professor of Strategy, 1998–2002

Editorial positions (past and present)

  • Senior Editor, Strategy Science, 2014–present
  • Associate Editor, Management Science, 2002–08, 2010–14
  • Editorial Boards
    Academy of Management Review
    Strategic Organization, 
    2005–11
    Strategic Management Journal, 2007–present
  • Ad-hoc reviewer: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Marketing Research, Industrial and Corporate Change, Management Science, Organization Science, Rand Journal of Economics, Research Policy, Sloan Management Review


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."

Working Papers

  • ​With D. Feiler, “Strategizing in the Face of Interdependence: An experimental approach
  • With P. Puranam and F. Zhu, Strategy Science special issue on “Strategy in the Digital Age” 
  • With A. Scedrova, R. Morgan, and L. de Luca “Fostering Socially-Desirable Government Venture Funding Activity: A real options lens”
  • With M. Hanson, “Wide Lens for the Social Sector” 

Selected Publications

  • With C. Jianqing and F. Zhu (2019). “Frenemies in Platform Markets: Heterogeneous profit focus as a driver of asymmetric compatibility choices.” Management Science. Forthcoming.
  • With D. Feiler (2019). “Interdependence, Perception, and Investment Choices: An Experimental Approach to Decision Making in Ecosystems.” Organization Science. 30(1): 1-17.
  • “Ecosystem as Structure: An Actionable Construct for Strategy.” Journal of Management. 43(1): 39-58 (2017).
  • With F. Ruiz- Aliseda and P. Zemsky (2016). “Specialist vs. Generalist Positioning: Demand heterogeneity, technology scalability, and endogenous market segmentation.” Strategy Science. 1(3): 184-206.
  • With R. Kapoor (2016). “Right Tech, Wrong Time.” Harvard Business Review. 94(11): 60-67. Reprinted in HBR's 10 Must Reads 2018: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year. 
  • With R. Kapoor (2016). “Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves.” Strategic Management Journal.  37(4):625-648.
  • "Navigating the Leadership Challenges of Innovation Ecosystems." Sloan Management Review. 58(1):141-146 (2016).
  • 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).