John M. de Figueiredo

Edward and Ellen Marie Schwarzman Professor of Law
and Professor of Strategy and Economics


John M. de Figueiredo is the Edward and Ellen Marie Schwarzman Professor of Law at the Duke Law School and Professor of Strategy and Economics at the Fuqua School of Business. His is also currently the President-Elect of the International Society of New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) and serves on the Executive Board of the Strategy Research Initiative.  In the 2012-2013 academic year, he was on sabbatical as a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

de Figueiredo studies competitive strategy, political and legal strategy, law and economics, and the management of innovation. His research in competitive strategy focuses on using dynamic models to explain how large and small firms gain competitive advantage through innovation, organization, and market position in segmented markets.  His research in law and economics and "non-market" strategy explores how firms use political influence, regulatory lobbying, and strategic litigation to enhance competitive performance. He has published many scholarly articles in a wide range of leading economics, political science, law, and management journals. These papers have examined the telecommunications, computing, internet, health care, and other high technology sectors.

Prior to joining Duke University in 2010, he was on the faculties of the UCLA Anderson School, UCLA Law School, and the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He has also held positions at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Harvard Law School, and INSEAD. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

de Figueiredo holds a Ph.D. in  Business and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics; and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University.

de Figueiredo has taught in a variety of different programs for business students, law students, and executives. He has taught courses on business strategy, technology strategy, political and regulatory strategy, managing the media and activists, and global strategy.  In law, he also teaches analytical methods and advanced administrative law.  de Figueiredo also leads classes on corporate governance, organizational change, and executive problem solving for senior executives and boards of directors.  He won an MBA teaching award while at MIT and won four MBA teaching awards while at UCLA.

Prior to joining academia, Professor de Figueiredo was a strategic management consultant at Monitor Company for a number of years, where he served on a team of consultants that started the company's Spanish practice and Madrid office.