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Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2019/20

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No. 35 Bestselling Case Author 2019/20
Jan W. Rivkin

Jan W. Rivkin
C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program
Harvard Business School


Jan's top bestselling cases

CasesDogfight 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 to turn things around.

LEGO has emerged as one of the most successful companies in the toy industry. The case describes LEGO's gradual rise, rapid decline, and recent revitalization as it is keeping up with a changing market place. Central to LEGO's management model is the ability to find the right balance among growing through innovation, staying true to its core, and controlling operational complexity.

Meet Jan

BiographyJan W. Rivkin is the Senior Associate Dean and 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.

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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