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Joshua Gans
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[This post was first publishedin HBR Blogs] The auto industry is facing a trio of disruptive technologies: electric batteries, autonomous vehicles, and the mobile phone. The first two have been long-standing threats, relatively speaking, and are embodied…
[This post was first publishedin HBR Blogs] The auto industry is facing a trio of disruptive technologies: electric batteries, autonomous vehicles, and the mobile phone. The first two have been lon…
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[This post originally appeared in HBR Blogs] Facebook is Live. Will it get livelier? This week, Facebook rolled out its newest product, Facebook Live. Actually, “tool” is probably a better word. What it does is allow anybody to stream a video from their…
[This post originally appeared in HBR Blogs] Facebook is Live. Will it get livelier? This week, Facebook rolled out its newest product, Facebook Live. Actually, “tool” is probably a better word. Wh…
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I haven’t played Go but have been reading about it over the last little while since it turned out that an AI learned to beat the world champion in it. The significance of this is that those who knew the game of Go believed that it was out of a machine’s…
I haven’t played Go but have been reading about it over the last little while since it turned out that an AI learned to beat the world champion in it. The significance of this is that those w…
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An interesting thesis has emerged about the rise of Donald Trump and it comes from Clay Shirky. For fun, he tweeted an entire essay about the subject and you can read those here. His argument is simple. Rather than the two parties deciding who will be…
An interesting thesis has emerged about the rise of Donald Trump and it comes from Clay Shirky. For fun, he tweeted an entire essay about the subject and you can read those here. His argument is si…
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A US Federal Court ordered Apple to work to de-encrypt the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Tim Cook has pushed back and vowed to fight the order. One suspects this one is going to end up at the Supreme Court and could be one of the most…
A US Federal Court ordered Apple to work to de-encrypt the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Tim Cook has pushed back and vowed to fight the order. One suspects this one is going to end…
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One of the things I have been saying about disruption is that when it potentially arises what potentially disrupted incumbents will try and do is acquire the disruptive entrant rather than be disrupted by them. Consequently, incumbents have an important…
One of the things I have been saying about disruption is that when it potentially arises what potentially disrupted incumbents will try and do is acquire the disruptive entrant rather than be disru…
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Last week, the Strategy Research Initiative organised a research seminar using Harvard Business School’s HBX platform. This is the same platform HBS now use to deliver online courses. It was an interesting experience but as is usually the case with these…
Last week, the Strategy Research Initiative organised a research seminar using Harvard Business School’s HBX platform. This is the same platform HBS now use to deliver online courses. It was …
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[reposted from HBR Blogs] To this day, Microsoft Office remains the dominant office software suite, a position it has held since the 1990s. While competitors have emerged to appeal to different customer niches (Google Docs with collaboration or iWork for…
[reposted from HBR Blogs] To this day, Microsoft Office remains the dominant office software suite, a position it has held since the 1990s. While competitors have emerged to appeal to different cus…
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I listened to a very interesting a16z podcast on disruption that involved a conversation with Clay Christensen and Marc Andreessen. They cover lots of topics but the part that interested me was when Andreessen was talking about what he perceived to be a…
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In the lead-up to the launch of The Disruption Dilemma (just one month away, pre-order here for hardcover, Kindle and audiobook), I wrote a couple of expository papers that have just been published in Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review.…
In the lead-up to the launch of The Disruption Dilemma (just one month away, pre-order here for hardcover, Kindle and audiobook), I wrote a couple of expository papers that have just been published…
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Kayne West has a new album. I would say ‘out’ except that it is only available on Tidal, a music service owned by Jay Z and other artists. Up until now, the artist owners have released their work on the usual variety of platforms. But last night that…
Kayne West has a new album. I would say ‘out’ except that it is only available on Tidal, a music service owned by Jay Z and other artists. Up until now, the artist owners have released …
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It's the "balkanization" of music access but there are ample precedents for people at the top manipulating the market like this. After all, "it's only music." I would be more concerned if we were talking about air, water, or food.
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The other day, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Adam Grant. Grant is a professor of management at Wharton and an incredible academic star. His output is incredible but apparently he is into procrastination now. He has a new book out called…
The other day, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Adam Grant. Grant is a professor of management at Wharton and an incredible academic star. His output is incredible but apparently he…
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  • Stanford University
    Economics, 1990 - 1995
  • University of Queensland
    Economics, 1986 - 1989
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I hold the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management at the University Toronto. Prior to that I was the foundation Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne (1996-2011). From 2009-2011, I was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and in 2011, visiting researcher at Microsoft Research.

I hold a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree in economics from the University of Queensland. At the Melbourne Business School I teach MBA students in introductory microeconomics, technology strategy, economics of organisations, incentives and contracts, and market design using game theory. I have also co-authored (with Stephen King and Robin Stonecash) the Australasian edition of Greg Mankiw's Principles of Economics (published by Cengage), Core Economics for Managers (Cengage), Finishing the Job (MUP) and Parentonomics (New South/MIT Press). Most recently, I published an ebook, Information Wants to be Shared, with HBR Press.

While my research interests are varied I have specialities in the nature of technological competition and innovation, economic growth, publishing economics, industrial organisation and regulatory economics. This has culminated in publications in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. I serve as co-editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. In 2007, Iwas awarded the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award. In 2008, I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia. Details of my research activities can be found here.

On the consulting side, I am managing director of CoRE Research. In the past, I have worked with several established consulting firms including London Economics, Frontier Economics and Charles River Associates. I have also been retained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission where I worked on several abuse of market power cases as well as on issues in telecommunications network competition. Overall my consulting experience covers energy (gas and electricity markets), telecommunications, financial services and banking, pharmaceuticals and rail transport.
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  • University of Toronto
    Professor of Strategic Management, 2011 - present
  • Melbourne Business School
    Professor of Economics, 1996 - 2011
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Brookline, MA, USA - Sydney, Australia - Brisbane, Australia - Stanford, CA