John M. de Figueiredo

Russell M. Robinson II 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.

de Figueiredo studies competitive strategy, innovation strategy, political and legal strategy, and law and economics. 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 employing mathematical and statistical models in a wide range of leading economics, political science, law, and management journals. These papers have examined the telecommunications, computing, Internet, health care, aviation, and other high technology sectors. 

de Figueiredo is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, director of the Duke Center for Institutional and Organizational Performance, and a fellow in Duke’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has served as the president of the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics, on the Executive Board of the Strategy Research Initiative, and is currently on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. 

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 Princeton University, Harvard Law School, INSEAD, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

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, innovation, and executive problem solving for senior executives and boards of directors.  He won five MBA teaching awards during his career.

Professor de Figueiredo continues to consult to senior executives in a number of large firms, with a focus on strategy design, innovation, and strategy implementation.  Prior to joining academia, he 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.