One of his generation’s foremost strategists, Richard D’Aveni is perhaps best known for his work on hypercompetition. A Professor of Strategic Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, D’Aveni is a winner of the prestigious A. T. Kearney Award for his research. He was featured in The Thinkers 50 ranking of the world’s most important management thinkers, is called one of the “Seven Most Influential Strategic Theorists” by the Corporate Strategy Board, and is listed as one of the “Top Living Business Gurus” by Tom Davenport and Larry Prusak. He is a consultant to global Fortune 500 companies as well as some of the world’s wealthiest families.
D’Aveni has authored highly influential articles in the Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review, as well the book Hypercompetition, which coined the phrase and became a global bestseller. He has received acclaim for Strategic Supremacy and his latest book, Beating the Commodity Trap: How Smart Companies Out-Maneuver Their Rivals to Win the Price War.
Richard D’Aveni has consistently provided innovative insights into the worlds of strategy and business. His work is credited with creating a new paradigm in the field of strategic management based on temporary advantages, employing rapid and aggressive maneuvering rather than defensive barriers to entry and power over buyers and suppliers. His recent research looks at the perils of commoditization, where he has identified three commodity traps – deterioration, proliferation, and escalation – and provides strategies to escape each trap.
A highly sought after advisor and speaker, D’Aveni has delivered over 500 addresses to audiences of five to 5,000 people, including annual corporate meetings, board of directors meetings, professional societies, and senior executive forums, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Summit at Davos, the Conference Board CEO Forum, the Strategic Management Society, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, CIO Forum, the American Marketing Association, Management Center Europe, and hundreds of global corporations and associations.
D’Aveni holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and is a CPA and an attorney.