Bakala Professor of Strategy
Richard D'Aveni teaches courses on strategy at the Tuck School and is a leading strategy consultant worldwide. His areas of expertise are business policy and strategy, including industry and competitive analysis; the dynamics of jockeying for competitive advantage in rapidly changing environments; and global strategy and implementation. He has recently turned his attention to commoditization, product positioning, and strategic capitalism.
He teaches firms how to become more innovative and “hypercompetitive.” His work is credited with creating a new paradigm in the field of strategy based on temporary advantages and constant disruption of rivals– using rapid maneuvering rather than defensive barriers.
Since 2007, Professor D’Aveni has been listed among the top 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 in their biennial rankings. He is the author of articles in the Harvard Business Review and MIT/Sloan Management Review, as well as author of five books, including Hypercompetition (The Free Press, Simon & Schuster) which coined the phrase and became a global bestseller. Fortune described it as "a modern-day analogue to The Art of War." He has been quoted and profiled in newspapers and magazines around the world and has appeared on numerous radio, television, and internet programs.
Professor D’Aveni consults to Fortune 500 companies as well as governments and some of the world’s wealthiest families, helping them shape their winning strategies. His client list includes some of the world’s best-known companies,General Electric, Intel, Corning, General Motors, Pepsico, Pfizer and Anheuser-Busch—and major European companies, such as Fininvest Italia, Philips Electronics, and Reuters.
A highly sought after advisor and speaker, he has addressed audiences all over the world, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Summit at Davos, Switzerland; and in the French Sénat in Paris.
In addition to his academic career, Professor D’Aveni has worked as an attorney and CPA. He received his PhD from Columbia University, MBA from Boston University, JD from Suffolk University, and AB from Cornell University.
I take some different approaches to strategy. I truly believe that, if you think hard enough, every strategy has the seeds of its own destruction embedded in it. I like to build my unique perspectives into my classes.
– Richard D’Aveni