Richard Rumelt is the author of Good Strategy/Bad Strategy–The Difference and Why It Matters. He is also a co-author of Fundamental Issues in Strategy–A Research Agenda and the author of Strategy, Structure, and Economic Performance.
In addition to his academic work, he has been a consultant to numerous firms, non-profit organizations, the US Department of Defense, and several governments.
He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. During 1963-65 he worked as a systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories. He studied both decision sciences and corporate strategy at the Harvard Business School, receiving his doctorate in 1972.
He helped found the Harvard-sponsored Iran Center for Management Studies (ICMS) and headed the Corporate Renewal Initiative, a research/intervention center devoted to the study and practice of corporate transformation. He was also a founding member of the Strategic Management Society and served as its president in 1995-98.