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Professor David J. Teece

Director, Tusher Initiative for the Management of Intellectual Capital, University of California Berkeley

Dr. David J. Teece is the Tusher Professor of Global Business and the Director of the Tusher Initiative for the Management of Intellectual Capital at the University of California Berkeley.

He received his BA and MComm (Hons1) at the University of Canterbury and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches at the MBA, Ph.D. and executive levels. He is also Chairman and CEO of Berkeley Research Group (“BRG”), a privately-held expert services and advisory firm which under Dr. Teece’s leadership has grown to 1,200 employees and over 40 offices on five continents in under eight years.

According to Science Watch, Dr. Teece is one of the top 10 most cited scholars in business and economics; he is also the author of the most cited papers in strategy and innovation. His Google Scholar citation count is over 135,000. He has authored over 23 books and his work has been translated in Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. He has honorary doctorates from eight universities outside the U.S. He is co-editor of the first-ever Encyclopedia on Strategic Management (published by Palgrave/Macmillan).

Dr. Teece was recognized by Accenture in 2002 as one of the top 50 Living Business Intellectuals. He has received best paper awards three times and in 2009 received the Best Book Award from Strategy and Business. In 2013, he has received the Sumatra Ghoshal Award for Rigour and Relevance in the Study of Management (from the London Business School), the Eminent Scholar Award from the Academy of International Business, and in 2018 the CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar Practitioner Award from the Strategic Management Society. He also received Royal Honours from Elizabeth II, Queen of England.

Dr. Teece’s academic work has been on technological innovation and organizational capabilities, where he has pioneered major paradigms which have impacted both private and public sector management and policy. His dynamic capabilities framework has been an influential paradigm in strategic management. It endeavors to place rigor behind the notion of corporate strengths and weaknesses. Strong dynamic capabilities and good strategy are seen as requirements for competitive advantage. Agile managers who are “orchestrators” of the firm’s tangible and intangible assets are seen as critical to enterprise success in fast changing markets.

His paradigm brings together ideas from across the social sciences and applies them to management problems.Dr. Teece is more than just a globally recognized scholar. In professional services, he has built three global research & consulting firms where he pioneered new business models and new compensation systems. Dr. Teece is also an active mentor to several startups and an avid investor in new enterprises in the US and abroad.

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