Victor Bennett

Victor Bennett

Associate Professor

Academic Area: Strategy
Phone Number: +1.919.660.7998

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


I am a member of the Strategy area faculty at Duke‘s Fuqua School of Business.

During the 2016-2017 academic year I served as the Senior Economist for Technology and Competition Policy for the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

My recent research focuses on the trend in the American economy towards fewer, bigger firms that are harder to displace. I ask questions about why this might be and what it means for the economy.  I’m particularly interested in how technology—like automation, the cloud, and AI—affects the rate of new startups and displacement of established firms.

My work has been published in top journals including Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategy Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and has been covered in the press including the Wall Street Journal, Marketplace (APM), Quartz, Rolling Stone, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

I did my undergraduate degree at Stanford University with Honors thesis advised by Ken Arrow and my doctorate is from Berkeley‘s Haas School of Business. Prior to graduate study, I worked at Google, where I received patents for technologies from detecting click fraud to music classification.

Currently, I teach the core course “Fundamentals of Strategy” at Fuqua. I’ve also taught courses in undergraduate and doctoral programs on strategy and statistical/empirical methods as well as executive capsule lessons at firms including Google.

I am also the administrator of the Manuel Bennett Art Trust and previously served as a board member of a non-profit “incubator” for musicians, Zoo Labs, that is trying to help musicians develop new business models for funding their art.