Ron Adner

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Faculty Director, Leading Innovation: From Idea to Impact

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Professor Ron Adner’s award-winning research and teaching focus on innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship. His work introduces a new perspective on the relationship among firms, customers, and the broader “innovation ecosystems” in which they interact to create value.

His work is a rare convergence of rigorous academic research, profound managerial insights, and practical, powerful frameworks. Applied, tested, and validated in some of the world’s leading companies, his “wide lens” approach to seeing the bigger strategy picture has been transformative in driving effective innovation in both the corporate and social sectors.

Professor Adner’s book The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation (Portfolio, 2012) has been heralded as a path-breaking guide to successful innovation in an interdependent world. Among other honors, it was named a Best Business Book of 2012 by strategy+business and was a finalist for the Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management.

His research has been published in leading academic journals including Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, The Rand Journal of Economics, Academy of Management Review, and in edited book chapters.

His managerial articles have been published in numerous outlets including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Forbes, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Professor Adner is a speaker and consultant to companies around the world. He is an accomplished teacher who was recognized in 2011 with the Tuck School's inaugural Award for Teaching Excellence for his courses on innovation strategy.

Prior to joining Tuck, he was the Akzo-Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management at INSEAD, where he served on the faculty for ten years. At INSEAD, he was honored with the Outstanding Teacher award five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005).

Professor Adner holds a PhD and an MA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.


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Many companies fail because they focus too intensely on their own innovations, and then neglect the innovation ecosystems on which their success depends. In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. It means ensuring that a host of partners — some visible, some hidden — deliver on their promises, too.

– Ron Adner