Richard D'Aveni

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Richard A. D'Aveni is the Bakala Professor of Strategy at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His areas of research include competitive strategy at multiple levels of competition: individuals, teams, corporations, militaries, governments, spheres of influence/alliances, and even competition between capitalist systems.

He is the author of numerous articles in academic journals, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the MIT Sloan Management Review, as well as the best selling[citation needed] book Hyper-competition, which is available in 11 languages. He released Beating the Commodity Trap: How to Maximize Your Competitive Position and Increase Your Pricing Power in early 2010. He also wrote Strategic Supremacy, currently available in 4 languages. His writings are credited[citation needed] with creating a new paradigm in the field of strategic management based on temporary advantages employing principles of rapid and aggressive maneuvering and innovation rather than on defensive barriers to entry and power over buyers and suppliers.

His most recent book, Strategic Capitalism: The New Economic Strategy for Winning the Capitalist Cold War[1], was published in September 2012. This book discusses the differences in American and Chinese forms of capitalism, how the Chinese system has flipped many American advantages into disadvantages, and how America might respond. The book has gathered a lot of attention in the press, including attention in the Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Atlantic. It has prompted discussions at the top levels of the US Departments of Defense, State and Treasury.

• About Hypercompetition: "A modern-day analogue to The Art of War, the ancient Chinese classic that is the Bible of many corporate strategists. -- Fortune[citation needed]

• About Strategic Supremacy: “Timely, provocative and clear.”—Harvard Business Review[citation needed]

• About Beating the Commodity Trap: Beating the Commodity Trap offers an insightful look at how companies can protect and differentiate their iconic brands in a rapidly changing global marketplace where the risks of commoditization and low-price competition are rampant. - William R. Johnson, Chairman, President and CEO, H.J. Heinz Company[citation needed]

• About Strategic Capitalism: "If it (the U.S. economic slowdown) continues much longer, D'Aveni's ideas might start to seem less provocative and more mainstream."—U.S. News & World Report

In 2007, 2009, and 2011, D’Aveni was named to the Thinkers 50 by The Times (of London), CNN, Forbes, The Times of India, and Harvard Business Review, a ranking of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world.[citation needed] He was ranked #21 overall, and among the top ten strategic thinkers listed.[citation needed] He is winner of the prestigious A. T. Kearney Award for his research on why, and how, large firms fail[citation needed], and he has been a World Economic Forum Fellow attending the annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland.[citation needed] WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s Business Week, named Professor D’Aveni as one of America’s strategy professors most likely to influence the future of strategic thinking. And The Corporate Strategy Board in Washington, D.C. named him one of the seven most influential living strategic thinkers. D'Aveni has appeared on Yahoo! Tech Ticker, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, The, Fox Business News, and numerous other business-oriented programs and channels to discuss his books.


  1. ^ Richard Anthony D'Aveni (24 August 2012). Strategic Capitalism: The New Economic Strategy for Winning the Capitalist Cold War. McGraw Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-178117-6.

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