Richard Rumelt

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Richard Rumelt
Richard Rumelt 2011.jpg
Rumelt in 2011
Born (1942-11-10) November 10, 1942 (age 80)
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Harvard Business School
EmployerUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Richard Post Rumelt (born November 10, 1942)[1] is an American emeritus professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. He joined the school in 1976 from Harvard Business School.[2][3][4]

Academic career[edit]

Richard Rumelt earned Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley. He worked as a systems design engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1963-65. He received his doctorate from the Harvard Business School in 1972 and joined the Harvard Business School faculty as an Assistant Professor. On leave from HBS, he helped found and teach at the Iran Center for Management Studies during 1972-74. In 1976 he joined the faculty of Management at the UCLA school of business. In 1993 he was appointed to the Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair in Business and Society. During 1993-96 he taught at INSEAD (France), where he received the Shell Chair in Management. Rumelt was a founding member of the Strategic Management Society and served as its president in 1995-98.[5][6]

He is noted for having made several key contributions to the study of business and corporate strategy. His 1974 study of diversification strategy inaugurated a stream of work on the performance implications of diversification. His 1982 paper with Steven Lippman showed how classical industrial organization results—profitability being related to concentration and to market share—could arise under perfect competition if there was uncertainty in the sources of efficiency. This result was key in the development of the "resource-based view" of strategic success. Rumelt's 1991 empirical follow-on (How Much Does Industry Matter?) showed that the most of the dispersion of profit rates in the economy was between business units rather than between industries. His 2011 book (Good Strategy/Bad Strategy) redefined strategy as a form of problem solving. It was chosen one of six finalists for the Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award for 2011. His book The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists was published in 2022 and was selected as one of the top business books of 2022 by the Financial Times and by the Globe & Mail.

Personal life[edit]

Rumelt is married to Kate Rumelt; the couple enjoys hiking and skiing.[2] They live in Bend, Oregon. His daughter is Cassandra Clare is the author of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

Select publications[edit]

  • Rumelt, R. 1974. Strategy, Structure, and Economic Performance, Harvard Business School Press.[7]
  • Lippman, S. and Rumelt R . 1982. Uncertain Imitability: An Analysis of Interfirm Differences in Efficiency Under Competition, The Bell Journal of Economics[8]
  • Rumelt, R. 1991. How Much Does Industry Matter?, Strategic Management Journal.[9]
  • Rumelt, R., Schendel, D., and Teece, D. 1994. Fundamental Issues In Strategy, Harvard Business School Press[10]
  • Rumelt, R.P., 1991. How Much Does Industry Matter?. Strategic Management Journal, pp. 167–185.[11]
  • Rumelt, R., 2011. The Perils of Bad Strategy. McKinsey Quarterly, 1(3).[12]
  • Rumelt, R, 2011. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters, Crown Business.[13]
  • Rumelt, R., 2022 The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists, Public Affairs.[14]
  • For more see


  1. ^ "Richard Rumelt". The Economist. 2008-12-26. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  2. ^ a b "Richard Rumelt Keynote Speakers Bureau & Speaking Fee". BigSpeak Speakers Bureau: Keynote Speakers, Business Speakers and Celebrity Speakers. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  3. ^ "Rumelt | UCLA Anderson School of Management". Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  4. ^ "Richard Rumelt Silicon Valley Institute for Business Innovation". Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  5. ^ "Richard Rumelt Keynote Speaker Bio - KEYNOTES.ORG". Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  6. ^ The Crux. 2021-09-13. ISBN 978-1-5417-0126-7.
  7. ^ Rumelt, Richard P. (1974). Strategy, structure, and economic performance. Boston: Division of Research, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University. ISBN 0875841090. OCLC 1111246.
  8. ^ Lippman, S. A.; Rumelt, R. P. (1982). "Uncertain Imitability: An Analysis of Interfirm Differences in Efficiency under Competition". The Bell Journal of Economics. 13 (2): 418. doi:10.2307/3003464. JSTOR 3003464.
  9. ^ Rumelt, Richard P. (1991). "How Much Does Industry Matter?". Strategic Management Journal. 12 (3): 167–185. doi:10.1002/smj.4250120302. ISSN 0143-2095. JSTOR 2486591.
  10. ^ Fundamental issues in strategy : a research agenda. Rumelt, Richard P., Schendel, Dan., Teece, David J. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press. 1994. ISBN 0875843433. OCLC 29023581.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ Rumelt, Richard P. (1991-01-01). "How Much Does Industry Matter?". Strategic Management Journal. 12 (3): 167–185. doi:10.1002/smj.4250120302. JSTOR 2486591.
  12. ^ "The perils of bad strategy". McKinsey & Company. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  13. ^ Rumelt, Richard P. (2011). Good strategy, bad strategy : the difference and why it matters (1st ed.). New York: Crown Business. ISBN 9780307886231. OCLC 676726571.
  14. ^ Rumelt, Richard Post (2022). The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists. New York: Public Affairs. ISBN 9781541701243.

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