Ron Adner

PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Management, 1998, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  • M.A., Managerial Science and Applied Economics, 1998, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  • M.E., Mechanical Engineering, 1993, The Cooper Union, New York.
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, 1993, The Cooper Union, New York.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD

  • Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck, 2008-
  • Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management, INSEAD, 2006-2008
  • Associate Professor of Strategy and Management (tenured), INSEAD, 2005-2008
  • Associate Professor of Strategy and Management (untenured), INSEAD, 2002–2005.
  • Assistant Professor of Strategy and Management, INSEAD, September 1998–2002

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Rahul Kapoor and Ron Adner. "What firms make vs. what they know: How firms' production and knowledge boundaries affect competitive advantage in the face of technological change." Forthcoming in Organization Science, Special issue on Organizational Economics and Organizational Capabilities
               Selected for Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management,
               2008.
  • Adner, Ron and Snow, Daniel, " 'Old' Technology Responses to 'New' Technology Threats: Demand heterogeneity and graceful technology retreats." Forthcoming in Industrial and Corporate Change.
  • Adner, Ron and Kapoor, Rahul, 2010, "Value creation in innovation ecosystems: How the structure of technological interdependence affects firm performance in new technology generations." Strategic Management Journal.31(3): 306-333.
  • Adner, Ron and Snow, Daniel.2010, "Bold retreat: A new strategy for old technologies." Harvard Business Review. 88(3): 76-81.
               Reprinted in Harvard Business Review on Aligning Technology with
               Strategy
    , Harvard Business Press, 2011.
  • Ron Adner, Laszlo Polos, Michael D. Ryall, and Olav Sorenso, 2009, "The case for formal theory " Academy of Management Review. 34(2):201-208.
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel, 2008, "Doing versus seeing: Acts of exploitation and perceptions of exploration." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 1(2):43-52.
  • Adner, Ron, 2007, "Real options and the resource re-allocation process." Real options in strategic management: Advances in Strategic Management. J. Reuer and T. Tong eds. Vol. 24: 363-272.
  • Adner, Ron and Zemsky, Peter, 2006. "A demand-based perspective on sustainable competitive advantage." Strategic Management Journal. 27(3): 215-239.
  • Adner, Ron, 2006. "Match your innovation strategy to your innovation ecosystem", Harvard Business Review, 84(4): 98-107.
  • Adner, Ron and Zemsky, Peter, 2005. "Disruptive technologies and the emergence of competition." Rand Journal of Economics, 36(2): 229-254. Lead Article.
  • Adner, Ron, 2004. "A demand-based perspective on technology life cycles." Business Strategy Over the Industry Lifecycle: Advances in Strategic Management. J. Baum and A. McGahan, eds. Vol. 21: 25-43.
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel, 2004. "What is not a real option: Identifying boundaries for the application of real option to business strategy." Academy of Management Review. 29(1):74-85.
               Reprinted in Real Options and International Investment, Alan M. Rugman
               and Jing Li (eds.), Edward Elgar Publishing. 2005.

               Reprinted in Technology Strategy and Innovation Management, Michael
               Leiblein and Arvids Zeidonis (eds.) Edward Elgar Publishing. 2011.
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel, 2004. "Real options and real tradeoffs." Academy of Management Review, 29(1):120-126.
  • Adner, Ron and Helfat, Constance, 2003. "Corporate Effects and Dynamic Managerial Capabilities." Strategic Management Journal. 24(10): 1011-1025.
  • Adner, Ron, 2002. "When are technologies disruptive: A demand-based view of the emergence of competition" Strategic Management Journal. 23: 667-688. Lead article.
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel, 2002. "The emergence of emerging technology." California Management Review. 45(1): 50-66.
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel, 2001. "Demand heterogeneity and technology evolution: Implications for product and process innovation." Management Science. 47(5): 611-628. Lead article.
  • Rangan, Subramanian and Adner, Ron, 2001. "Profits and the internet: Seven misconceptions." Sloan Management Review. 42(4): 44-53.
               Reprinted in Strategies for E-Business Success, Erik Brynjolfsson
               and Glen Urban (eds.) Wiley, 2001.

BOOKS

  • Adner, Ron. The Wide Lens: A new strategy for innovation. Penguin/Portfolio: New York. Forthcoming, March 1, 2012.

WORK IN PROGRESS

  • "Real Options Logic Revisited: Disentangling Sequential Investment, Low-Commitment Strategies, and Resource Re-Allocation Reality" (with Ronald Klingebiel)
  • "Positioning on a Multi-Attribute Landscape" (with Felipe Csaszar and Peter Zemsky, 2nd round revise and resubmit at Management Science, status: minor revision)
  • "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves" (with Rahul Kapoor)
  • "Competitive positioning and Generic Strategies" (with Peter Zemsky, revise and resubmit at Strategic Management Journal)
  • "Diversification and performance: Linking market structure, market relatedness and the decision to diversify." (with Peter Zemsky)
               Selected for Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management,
               2006.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS AND TEACHING CASES

  • Adner, Ron and Vincent, William, "Get Ready for Ads in Books", August 19, 2010, The Wall Street Journal.
  • Adner, Ron and Vincent, William, "iPad: A dubious bet for publishers." Nov 29, 2010, Forbes.
  • Adner, Ron and Vincent, William, "Blackberry's Next Killer App." June 18, 2010, Forbes.
  • Adner, Ron and Vincent, William, "Kindle is Dead – Long Live Kindle." August 12, 2010. Huffington Post.
  • Adner, Ron and Kapoor, Rahul. 2007. "Managing transitions in the semiconductor lithography ecosystem."Solid State Technology, 50th Anniversary Issue. November.
  • Kapoor, Rahul and Adner, Ron. 2007. "Technology interdependence and the evolution of semiconductor lithography." Solid State Technology, 50th Anniversary Issue. November.
  • Adner, Ron and Levinthal, Daniel. 2000. "Technological speciation and the emergence of emerging technologies" in Day and Schoemaker, Wharton on Emerging Technologies, John Wiley Press.
  • Adner, Ron. 1999. "Innovation beyond ideas: Setting expectations for innovation" Mastering Strategy Series. The Financial Times October 18.
               Reprinted as "Innovation beyond ideas: expectations in managing
               technology," in Mastering Strategy. Prentice Hall. 2000.

               Translated and reprinted in: Chinese, Dutch, German, Polish, and
               Russian.

TEACHING CASES

  • Adner, Ron and Vincent, William, 2010. "Michelin's PAX Project: Reinventing the Wheel" (A and B). Teaching case.
  • Adner, Ron and Vincent, William, 2010. "Texas Instruments' Nspire: Confronting the PC Threat." Teaching case.
  • Adner, Ron, 2010. "Apple masters the game." Collection of background readings.
  • Adner, Ron and Aris, Annette, and Zemsky, Peter. 2006. "The music industry on the brink of the digital age." Teaching case.
  • Adner, Ron and Smith, George W. 2004. "The Bell – Western Union patent agreement of 1879." INSEAD case.
  • Sinha, Siddharth and Adner, Ron. 2004. "Reinvigorating commodity markets: Microchip Corporation and 8 bit Microcontrollers." INSEAD case.
  • Adner, Ron and Nunn, Charles. 2001. "iMotors: New competition in used cars" (A and B) INSEAD case. Teaching note available.

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 2008. "What firms make vs. what they know: How firms’ production and knowledge boundaries affect competitive advantage in the face of technological change."
  • Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management, 2006. "Diversification and performance: Linking market structure, market relatedness and the decision to diversify."
  • Best Paper Award, 2004 Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, for "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage."
  • Wharton School Doctoral Fellowship, 1993-1998.
  • Full scholarship and fellowship (graduate studies), The Cooper Union, 1992-1993.
  • Full scholarship (undergraduate studies), The Cooper Union, 1988-1992.

TEACHING AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Tuck:
    Award for Teaching Excellence (elective), June 2011
               (Tuck's graduating class confers one award for elective teaching and one
               award for core teaching. 2011 was the inaugural year for the award)
  • INSEAD:
    The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, January 2005 promotion.
               (INSEAD admits two student cohorts every year, one in January and one
               in September. Each graduating promotion confers one award for elective
               teaching and one award for core teaching)
  • Winner, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, January 2005 promotion. (INSEAD admits two student cohorts every year, one in January and one in September. At their graduaton
    each promotion confers one award for elective teaching and one award for core teaching).
  • Winner, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, January 2004 promotion.
  • Winner, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, January 2003 promotion.
  • Winner, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, September 2002 promotion.
  • Winner, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, January 2000 promotion.
  • Nominee, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, September 2005 promotion.
  • Nominee, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, January 2002 promotion.
  • Nominee, The Outstanding Teacher of Elective Courses, September 2001 promotion.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • MBA Program
         Tuck:
               Entrepreneurship and innovation strategy.
               Research to Practice Seminar: Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems.
  •      INSEAD:
               Innovation strategy and entrepreneurship.
               High technology entrepreneurship and strategy.
               Strategic management of technology and innovation.
  • Tuck Executive Education Programs (representative)
         Tuck Executive Program (Flagship advanced management offer)
         Toshiba Innovation Leader Program
         Leading Strategic Initiatives
         Leading Innovation
  • INSEAD Executive Education Programs
         Open Enrolment Programs:
               Advanced Management Program (Flagship advanced management offer)
               Young Managers Program
               Strategic Management of Research and Development
               Managing Partnerships and Strategic Alliances
  •      Company Specific Programs for: 3i Ventures, Akzo-Nobel, Alstom, Aviva,
               DaimlerChrysler, IBM, KPMG, SAP, Vivendi
  • INSEAD PhD Program
         Special Topics in Innovation

WORK WITH DOCTORAL STUDENTS

  • Primary advisor for Rahul Kapoor (first placement - Wharton, 2008)
    Committee member for Olivier Chatain (first placement - Wharton, 2007)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Editorial Boards and Reviewing
  •      Academy of Management Review
               Editorial Board 2005- 2010.
               Guest Editor, Special Topic Forum on Formal Approaches to Management
               Theory, 2009.
         Strategic Organization
               Editorial Board 2005-
         Strategic Management Journal
               Editorial Board 2007-
         Management Science
              Associate Editor for Business Strategy, 2002-2008, 2010-
         Ad-hoc reviewer for:
              Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review,
              California Management Review, Journal of Marketing Research, Industrial
              and Corporate Change, Management Science, Organization Science, Rand
              Journal of Economics, Research Policy, Sloan Management Review.
  • Professional Association Leadership Roles
  •      Academy of Management
               Business Strategy and Policy Division
               Research Committee, 2003 - 2005
               Executive Committee, 2005 - 2007
               Technology and Innovation Management Division
               Executive Committee, 2003 – 2005
         Strategic Management Society
               Conference Review Committee, 2002, 2010
               Best Paper Committee, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Professional Development Workshops
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop on "Teaching Innovation
              Management," Academy of Management Meetings, Denver, 2002.
         Organizer and Presenter, Professional Development Workshop on "Exploring
              Strategy through Simulations," Academy of Management Meetings,
              Seattle, 2003.
         Organizer and Presenter, Professional Development Workshop on
              Conversations on Innovation," Academy of Management Meetings,
              New Orleans, 2004.
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop, "Technology and Innovation
              Management Junior Faculty Consortium" Academy of Management
              Meetings, New Orleans, 2004.
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop, "Technology and Innovation
              Management Mid-Career Faculty Consortium" Academy of Management
              Meetings, Atlanta, 2006.
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop, "Managing Your Dissertation"
              Academy of Management Meetings, Chicago, 2009.
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop on "Firms, Ecosystems and
              Innovation," Academy of Management Meetings, Montreal, 2010.
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop on "Understanding and
              Managing Ecosystems," Academy of Management Meetings, San Antonio,
              2011.
         Presenter, Professional Development Workshop on "Technology and
              Innovation Management Doctoral Consortium," Academy of Management
              Meetings, San Antonio, 2011.

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES AND RESEARCH SEMINARS

  • Research Seminar, University of Chicago (Booth), October 2011, "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves."
  • Academy of Management, San Antonio, 2011, "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves."
  • Research Seminar, INSEAD, December 2010, "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves."
  • Research Seminar, USC (Marshall), November 2010, "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves."
  • Research Seminar, MIT (Sloan), November 2010, "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves."
  • Research Seminar, Harvard Business School, October 2010, "Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Reexamining technology S-curves."
  • Academy of Management, Montreal, 2010, "When Heterogeneity of Demand Meets Heterogeneity of Resources: RBV and Positioning."
  • Research Seminar, University of Wisconsin, November 2009. "Value creation in innovation ecosystems: How the structure of technological interdependence affects firm performance in new technology generations."
  • Academy of Management, Chicago, 2009, " 'Old' Technology Responses to 'New' Technology Threats: Demand heterogeneity and graceful technology retreats."
  • Wharton Technology Conference, April 2009. "Demand Heterogeneity and Graceful Technology Retreats: A new perspective on responding to dominant technological threats."
  • Research Seminar, University of Michigan (Ross), March 2009. "Value creation in innovation ecosystems: How the structure of technological interdependence affects firm performance in new technology generations."
  • DIME/CESPRI Conference on Demand, Innovation, and Industrial Dynamics, Bocconi University, October 2008. "Demand Heterogeneity and Graceful Technology Retreats: A new perspective on responding to dominant technological threats."
  • Research Seminar, Harvard Business School, May 2008. "Value creation in innovation ecosystems: How the structure of technological interdependence affects firm performance in new technology generations."
  • Research Seminar, Duke University (Fuqua), October 2006. "Innovation ecosystems and innovators' outcomes."
  • Research Seminar, New York University (Stern), October 2006. "Innovation ecosystems and innovators' outcomes."
  • Research Seminar, Dartmouth College (Tuck), September 2006. "Innovation ecosystems and innovators' outcomes."
  • Research Seminar, Harvard Business School, September 2006. "Innovation ecosystems and innovators' outcomes."
  • DRUID Summer Conference, June 2006, "Innovation ecosystems, technology transitions and the success of early movers: Evidence from the semiconductor lithography equipment industry, 1962-2004."
  • Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, June 2006, "Innovation ecosystems, technology transitions and the success of early movers: Evidence from the semiconductor lithography equipment industry, 1962-2004."
  • Invited Discussant, Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference, June 2006, "What is a disruptive technology anyway?"
  • Invited Discussant, Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference, 2005.
  • Research Seminar, London Business School, April 2005, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Research Seminar, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), November 2004, "Disruptive technologies and the emergence of competition."
  • Academy of Management, New Orleans, 2004, "When is there a diversification discount: Market structure, relatedness & the decision to diversify."
  • Research Seminar, Washington University, March 2004, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Brigham Young – University of Utah Winter Strategy Conference, March 2004, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Research Seminar, Tel Aviv University/Israel Strategy Research Forum, December 2003, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Research Seminar, Duke University, October 2003, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Research Seminar, University of Michigan, September 2003, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Research Seminar, Ohio State University, September 2003, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage"
  • Academy of Management, 2003, Seattle, "A demand based view of sustainable competitive advantage".
  • Strategy Research Forum, Washington University, June 2003, "Strategy dynamics through demand-based lens."
  • Research Seminar, New York University, October 2002, "Strategy dynamics through demand-based lens."
  • Academy of Management, Denver, August 2002, Discussant: "Dynamic perspectives on the supply chain"
  • Strategy Research Forum, Northwestern University, May 2001. "What is not a real option: identifying boundaries for the application of real options to business strategy."
  • Academy of Management, Toronto, August 2000. "A demand-based view of technology competition: Demand structure and technology displacement."
  • Informs College on Organization Science, Philadelphia, November 1999. "A demand-based view of technology competition: Demand structure and technology displacement."
  • Harvard Strategy Conference, Cambridge, October 1999. "Technology displacement through a market-based lens: The influence of demand structure on technology competition."
  • Strategic Management Society, Berlin, October 1999. "Technology displacement through a market-based lens: The influence of demand structure on technology competition."
  • Dartmouth Conference on Technology and Strategy, Hanover, July 1999. "The influence of demand heterogeneity on technology evolution".
  • Emerging Technologies Research Workshop, Wharton, 1997. "Market heterogeneity and the dynamics of technological development: A demand based perspective on product and process innovation."
  • Academy of Management, Boston, August 1997. Business Policy and Management Doctoral Consortium.
  • Consortium of Centers for Organizational Research, University of Michigan, April 1997. Workshop on evolutionary theories of the firm.
  • Consortium of Centers for Organizational Research, Carnegie Mellon University, July 1996. Workshop on Modeling Organizations.
  • Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation, PhD colloquium, MIT, April 1996. "Solutions looking for problems: Emerging technologies and the search for unsatisfied needs."
  • Academy of Management, Vancouver, August 1995. "Variated selection and technological change." (with Daniel Levinthal).
  • ORSA/TIMS Conference, College on Organization Science, October 1994, Detroit. "Organizational selection: A variated feedback approach"

 

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