Richard Wang

Assistant Professor
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • PhD Business Administration 2010
    Business & Public Policy University of California, Berkeley

  • MBA 2000
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • SM Mechanical Engineering 1995
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BS Aeronautics & Astronautics 1993
    University of Washington, Seattle

Richard Wang is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His research interests revolve around competitive strategy and management of innovation. His article – "Tournaments for Ideas" – won the 2011 Accenture Award for best article in the California Management Review; and his paper – "Competition-Driven Repositioning" – won the best proposal award at the Strategic Management Society China Conference in 2012.

Richard's current research examines how competition motivates firms to undertake strategic change. In particular, he investigates how competition impacts media companies' propensity to launch new products. Richard also examines the roles of top management team and company directors in governing strategic change.

At Carlson, Richard teaches the undergraduate Introduction of Entrepreneurship course and the part-time MBA Industry Analysis and Competitive Strategy course.
Richard received his BS and SM degrees in engineering at the University of Washington and MIT, respectively. He has extensive professional, entrepreneurial, and non-profit experience. Richard began his career as an engineering and quality management consultant. After earning his MBA in Hong Kong, Richard co-founded in China a software outsourcing house which was later acquired by a California-based IT company. Richard then spent a year volunteering for a non-profit organization in Tianjin, Hebei and Inner Mongolia regions of China before earning his Ph.D. in Business & Public Policy at Berkeley.

Selected Works

  • Richard D. Wang and J. Myles Shaver. Forthcoming. "Competition-driven repositioning." Strategic Management Journal.
  • John Morgan and Richard Wang. 2010. "Tournaments for Ideas." California Management Review.