Richard A. D'Aveni, Professor of Strategic Management

Selected Class Visitors

Business leaders are often notable by their absence from business school classrooms. This is an opportunity missed. Richard D’Aveni believes in involving practitioners as much as possible in his classroom teaching. Their experiences bring teaching alive and challenge neat classroom theories.

Practical ideas

“What I teach is actually very practical,” says Professor D’Aveni. “For example, corporate spheres of influence and diplomatic strategy look at how global corporations stake out strongholds and use positioning to create detente with other global players, to outmaneuver and encircle rivals, and to divide up the competitive space legally. 

By invitation

“And to emphasize this practical element, I invite CEOs from Fortune 500 companies into the classroom. These are leaders who have employed the tools and methods I talk about in their companies. In a typical school year seven to fifteen Fortune 500 CEOs will come to speak in my courses.”

The network

Hundreds of CEOs have participated in Richard D’Aveni’s classes over the last 25 years.  This unique network continues to fuel Professor D’Aveni’s insights into strategy, politics, and business.

The CEOs of AutoNation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra, Corning, Del Monte, Delphi, Ecolab, EDS, WR Grace, Heinz, Hewlett-Packard, ING USA, International Paper, the Kroger Company, Lincoln Electric, Monsanto, Office Depot, Pier 1 Imports, Schering Plough, Tupperware, and US Steel are among those who have contributed to Richard D’Aveni’s classes.