Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2017/18

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No. 29 Bestselling Case Author 2017/18

Jan W. RivkinJan W. Rivkin
C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, Chair of the MBA Program
Harvard Business School


Jan's top bestselling cases

Cases Airborne Express
In the wake of a highly successful quarter, senior managers of Airborne Express, the third largest player in the express mail industry, review the firm's competitive position. Airborne has survived, and recently prospered, in an industry with significant economies of scale even though it is much smaller than industry giants Federal Express and United Parcel Service. The case challenges students to understand Airborne's unusual position.

Dogfight Over Europe: Ryanair (A)
In April 1986, the Ryan brothers announced that their fledging Irish airline Ryanair, would soon start a service between Dublin and London. For the first time, Ryanair faced formidable competitors such as Aer Lingus and British Airways on a major route. Students are asked to assess Ryanair's entry and anticipate the response of incumbent carriers.

Revitalizing Dell
Dell Inc were the leaders of the personal computer industry for more than a decade. But by 2009, the American software giant had fallen on hard times. Michael Dell and his management team needed to work out how Dell’s Direct Model had faltered and what they could do turn things around.

Meet Jan

BiographyJan is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, Chair of the MBA Program, and a Professor in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Management Science,Organization Science, the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, and Research Policy. Jan also co-chairs Harvard Business School's project on the competitiveness of the United States. 

His research, course development, and teaching efforts examine the interactions across functional and product boundaries within a firm – that is, the connections that link marketing, production, logistics, finance, human resource management, and other parts of a firm.

Jan currently teaches the required strategy course in the first year of Harvard’s MBA Program, as well as an MBA elective that he developed, 'Advanced Competitive Strategy: Integrating the Enterprise'.
Key quote

“The case method is an unparalleled approach that engages students deeply in the study of business, builds up the decision-making muscles of students, develops in them the specialty of being a general manager, and keeps the scholars who write cases close to the practice of management."

~ Jan W. Rivkin


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