John M. de Figueiredo

Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law
and Professor of Strategy and Economics


John M. de Figueiredo is the Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Strategy, and Economics at the Duke Law School and the Fuqua School of Business.  He is also Director of the Duke Center for Institutional and Organizational Performance and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In 2017-2018, he will be on sabbatical at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

de Figueiredo studies competitive strategy, innovation strategy, political and legal strategy, strategy execution, and law and economics. His research in competitive strategy and strategy execution focuses on using dynamic models to explain how large and small firms gain competitive advantage through innovation, organization, and market position in differentiated and emerging 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.

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

de Figueiredo is on the editorial board of a number of academic journals, has been awarded a number of research grants, and has won five teaching awards in his career. 

de Figueiredo holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration 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.