David Yoffie

Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School


Harvard Business School

Professor David B. Yoffie is the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at Harvard Business School. A member of the HBS faculty since 1981, Professor Yoffie received his Bachelor''s degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University and his Master''s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford. Over the last two decades, Professor Yoffie has chaired the HBS Strategy department (1997-2002), the Advanced Management Program (1999-2002), Harvard''s Young Presidents'' Organization program (2004-2012), and currently chairs Harvard’s YPO Gold program (2013-present). From 2006-2012, he served as Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the HBS executive education programs. During his tenure, executive education revenues grew almost 75%, classrooms were opened in Shanghai and Mumbai, a new executive education building complex was launched, and HBS became the highest rated and largest business school in executive education in the world. Professor Yoffie currently teaches an elective MBA course, Strategy & Technology.

Professor Yoffie''s research and consulting have focused on competitive strategy, technology, and international competition. Outside of HBS, Professor Yoffie''s activities include being on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, HTC Corporation and Financial Engines Inc. He also serves on the board and the executive committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the board of strategic advisors of Mobileye. When appointed to Intel''s board in 1989, he was the youngest outside director of America''s largest 150 industrial corporations. Over the two last decades, Professor Yoffie served as lead independent director of Intel, and on the boards of Charles Schwab, TiVo, Spotfire, Mindtree Ltd, and E Ink. Professor Yoffie has lectured and consulted in more than 30 countries around the world. In addition, he has served as a member of the U.S. Department of Justice''s commission on international antitrust.

Professor Yoffie''s writings on business strategy and technology have been widely published. Professor Yoffie is the author or editor of nine books, including Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs (Harper Business, 2015), co-authored with MIT Professor Michael Cusumano. Strategy Rules is being translated into 18 languages. His other books include Judo Strategy  (Harvard Business School Press, 2001, co-authored with Mary Kwak), and  Competing on Internet Time  (Free Press, 1998, also co-authored with Michael Cusumano). BusinessWeek and Amazon.com named Competing on Internet Time as one of the top ten business books of 1998. Professor Yoffie has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review, as well as numerous scholarly and managerial articles on international trade, firm strategy, and global competition. Professor Yoffie has published more than 100 case studies on business strategy and international management issues, which have sold almost 4 million copies.


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