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Jan W. Rivkin is the Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program and a Professor in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. In the past, he has served as Senior Associate Dean for Research and head of the Strategy Unit. His research, course development, and teaching focus on two topics: business strategy and U.S. competitiveness.

Business strategy. Rivkin’s business strategy work examines 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. His work analyzes, first, how such interactions constrain managerial behavior and, second, how managers use cognitive devices and organizational design to cope with decisions whose ramifications span boundaries.