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Associate Professor

Strategy and Business Policy

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Olivier Chatain holds a diploma from ESSEC, an MSc from the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, an MSc and a PhD from INSEAD.

His main research focus is the formal and value-based foundations of strategy with specific applications to buyer-supplier relationships and markets for strategic resources. His latest publication "How Do Strategic Factor Markets Respond to Rivalry in the Product Market?", forthcoming at Strategic Management Journal, examines how rivalry in the product market shapes competitive interactions and supply in the market for strategic resources. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Management Science and the Strategic Management Journal.

Prior to joining HEC Paris, Olivier served on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

At HEC Paris, Olivier teaches competitive strategy to MBA, MSc and PhD students. Olivier serves as an editorial review board member of the Strategic Management Journal and Strategy Science and is also a Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School. His dissertation received the AOM's Business Policy and Strategy division Outstanding Dissertation Award.


Scientific articles

Value creation and value capture with frictions

Strategic Management Journal, November 2011, vol. 32, n° 11, pp 1206-1231, (in coll. with P. ZEMSKY)

Value creation, competition, and performance in buyer-supplier relationships

Strategic Management Journal, January 2011, vol. 32, n° 1, pp 76-102,

Competitors' Resource-Oriented Strategies: Acting on Competitors' Resources through Interventions in Factor Markets and Political Markets

Academy of Management Review, January 2008, vol. 33, n° 1, pp 97-121, (in coll. with L. CAPRON)

The horizontal scope of the firm: organizational tradeoffs vs. buyer-supplier relationships

Management Science, April 2007, vol. 53, n° 4, pp 550-565, (in coll. with P. ZEMSKY)


  • Ph.D. in Management, INSEAD - France
  • MSc in Management, INSEAD - France
  • DEA en Economie Mathematique et Econometrie (MA in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics), Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne - France
  • Diplome Grande Ecole ESSEC (Master Degree in Management), ESSEC - France

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2018- Department Head, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris
  • 2014- Member of GREGHEC (CNRS) HEC Paris
  • 2014- Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Policy HEC Paris

External Academic Responsabilities

  • 2007-2014 Assistant Professor, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Member, Academy of Management, BPS and OMT divisions
  • Member, Strategic Management Society
  • Member, INFORMS

Editorial activities

  • Reviewer, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, European Management Review, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Science, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal
  • 2010- Member, Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal