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