Larry Downes

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Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow

J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Research Interests

  • Innovation
  • Regulation and Antitrust
  • Internet Policy
  • ​Technology and Innovation Policy


Larry Downes (new window) is a best-selling author on developing business strategies in an age of accelerating technological disruption. He is the co-author, with Paul F. Nunes, of Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation (Portfolio 2014), now a bestseller. Based on extensive research, the book describes a new kind of disruptive innovation and teaches executives across industries how to adjust their strategies to survive it.

His previous book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age, explored the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.

Downes is the author of the New York Times and Business Week bestseller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.

He writes regularly for ForbesHarvard Business ReviewThe Washington Post, and CNET, and is frequently quoted in media stories in both mainstream and trade outlets.

He is currently a research fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance.

He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was associate dean of the School of Information.

Selected Publications