Ben Gomes-Casseres

Ben Gomes-Casseres is an expert on business combinations, in particular alliance strategy and management. He has researched this topic for 30 years, taught it to MBAs and executives, and consulted with major companies in the United States and abroad. Ben is currently a finalist for the Strategy Award by Thinkers50.

A Professor of International Business at Brandeis University (Waltham, Mass.), Ben directs the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship. He teaches courses in business strategy, organizational strategy, international management, and alliances. Previously, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School (1985-1995), where he taught courses in strategy and international business.

Ben’s newest book is Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015). This book helps managers create new value by leveraging resources outside their firms, using alliances, acquisitions, and other forms of collaboration. His earlier book Mastering Alliance Strategy: A Comprehensive Guide to Design, Management, and Organization (with Bamford and Robinson; Jossey-Bass, 2003) gave practical advice on alliance management. The Alliance Revolution: The New Shape of Business Rivalry (Harvard University Press, 1996) pioneered the analysis of multi-firm “constellations.” His articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Strategy & Business, Sloan Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Financial Economics, and elsewhere. His work has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, CFO Europe, Pharmaceutical Executive, Boston Business Journal, and Associated Press. He has written numerous cases for the Harvard Business School.

Ben has consulted, taught, or spoken worldwide on business combinations and strategy. His clients have included General Electric, Bayer, Syngenta, Yahoo!, Johnson Controls, Battelle Memorial Institute, Abbott Labs, Eli Lilly, DuPont, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, Daimler, MasterCard, Qualcomm, Hewlett Packard, Chevron, and NASA. He has taught in executive education programs at Harvard Business School, Brandeis, INSEAD, and the University of Chicago. He is a frequent top-rated speaker at industry and professional conferences, such as at The Conference Board the Management Roundtable, and the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (where he is CSAP certified).

Ben is an advisor to Powerlinx, the leading online partner search and matching service, and to EpVen, a social enterprise promoting small farmer food production.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and in economics from Brandeis (1976), a Master of Public Affairs in economic development from Princeton (1978), and a Doctor of Business Administration in international business from Harvard (1985). He worked as a project economist at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group (1978-1981). Born and raised in Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), he speaks four languages (English, Dutch, Spanish, and Papiamentu), and is a dual citizen of the United States and the Netherlands. On many clear nights, he is outside observing and photographing the skies.