Creator of the VRIO analysis, Jay B. Barney is an American professor of strategic management at the University of Utah, where he holds the Pierre Lassonde Chair in Social Entrepreneurship. He is also a Presidential Professor and the Chase Chair for Excellence in Corporate Strategy holder at the Max M. Fisher College of Business.
Barney was born on October 8, 1954, and has taught at the University of Utah since 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. His research focuses on strategic management, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and organizational economics.
Barney has authored or co-authored over 100 articles in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and Administrative Science Quarterly. He has written or edited five books, including Gaining and Sustaining Competitive Advantage (Pearson Education), Resource-Based Theory: Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage (Oxford University Press), Seeking Sustainable Value (Stanford Business Books) and The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press).
In addition to his academic work, Barney serves as an advisor to numerous organizations, including the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), The Aspen Institute’s Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), The National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD), The Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Program, The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, The UBS Optimus Foundation’s Impact Investing Initiative, The United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI), and many others.
Barney was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets & Quants in 2011; one of America’s top 10 business school professors by Forbes Magazine in 2012; one of America’s most influential business professors by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013; one of America’s best business school professors by Business Insider in 2014; one of America’s most productive business school professors by Poets & Quants in 2015; one of America’s most innovative business school professors by Fortune Magazine in 2016; one of America’s most influential business school professors by Poets & Quants in 2017; one of America’s top 50 business school professors by Forbes Magazine in 2018; one of America’s most impactful business school professors by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2019; and one of America’s top 25 thought leaders on strategy by Thinkers50 Radar 2020.
Barney is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and a past President of the Academy Of Management’s Strategy Division and the Western Academy Of Management. He also received numerous awards, including four Best Paper Awards from leading academic journals such as the Academy Of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy Of Management Perspectives, and Administrative Science Quarterly. In addition to these awards, he has also been recognized with several teaching awards, including two Outstanding Teacher Awards from Stanford Graduate School Of Business, the Excellence In Teaching Award from Max M Fisher College Of Business, the Outstanding Faculty Award from David Eccles School Of Business, and two Distinguished Alumni Awards from Brigham Young University.
Jay B Barney is an internationally renowned scholar whose research has significantly impacted our understanding of how organizations create competitive advantage through their strategies. His research has been widely cited throughout academia as well as among practitioners. His work has helped shape our understanding of how firms can gain sustainable competitive advantage through their strategies. His contributions have made him an important figure within academia and among practitioners who seek to understand how organizations can create value through their strategies.