Peter Cohan

Peter Cohan

Leading Expert on Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Management

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Leading Expert on Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship,
Technology and Management

Peter Cohan teaches strategy and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and MBA students at Babson College including courses such as Strategic Problem Solving and Strategic Decision Making. He also developed and teaches Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management for undergraduate transfer students.

Executive-in-Residence

Since May 2002, Cohan has served as an executive-in-residence at Babson, advising teams in their consulting work with companies through Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) programs. He created and led the Hong Kong/Singapore Start-up Strategy Offshore elective for MBA students and teaches the Strategy and the CEO capstone in the evening MBA program. For undergraduates, he created and runs the Paris, Israel and Portugal/Spain Start-up Strategy Offshore electives. He has also served as a visiting professor at Barcelona’s EADA.

Strategic Planner

Cohan began his career at Index Systems, a management consulting firm founded by several MIT professors. While there he worked with James A. Champy, co-author (with former MIT professor, Michael Hammer) of Reengineering the Corporation (HarperBusiness, 1993). Following business school, Cohan worked at The Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm co-founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter. Cohan then worked in strategic planning at Bank of Boston and in the Finance Department of Liberty Mutual.

Management Consultant

In 1994, Cohan started Peter S. Cohan & Associates, a management consulting and venture capital firm. His management consulting unit helps managers with strategy, best practices, operational improvement, and litigation support. Since 1981, Cohan has completed over 100 consulting projects.

Venture Capitalist

His venture capital business has invested in seven companies including Andromedia, an Internet software company, which Macromedia purchased in 1999 for $440 million; SupplierMarket.com, an online marketplace for industrial supplies, which Ariba purchased in 2000 for $930 million; and Lexar Media, a digital media company that was sold in 2006 to Micron Technology (MU) for $690 million. In December 2014, he invested in Social Finance, a peer-to-peer lending company in San Francisco.

Books

Cohan has authored 12 books and contributed to six management compendiums. His most recent book is Disciplined Growth Strategies:Insights from the Growth Trajectories of Successful and Unsuccessful Companies (February 2017). Prior to that he authored Hungry Start-Up Strategy: Creating New Ventures with Limited Resources and Unlimited Vision (Berrett-Koehler, November 2012). His other books include Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets (Wiley, September 2011) co-authored with Frank Lavin; Capital Rising: How Capital Flows Are Changing Business Systems All Over the World (Palgrave-Macmillan, June 2010) co-authored with U. Srinivasa Rangan; You Can’t Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney’s Turnaround at Boeing (Portfolio, 2009); Value Leadership: The Seven Principles That Drive Corporate Value in Any Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2003); e-Stocks: Finding the Hidden Blue Chips Among the Internet Impostors (HarperBusiness, 2001); e-Profit: High Payoff Strategies for Capturing the E-Commerce Edge (AMACOM, 2000); Net Profit: How to Invest and Compete in the Real World of Internet Business (Jossey-Bass, 1999); and The Technology Leaders: How America’s Most Profitable High Tech Companies Innovate Their Way to Success (Jossey-Bass, 1997).

Publications

Cohan has published articles in Business Strategy Review and Knowledge@Wharton; he writes four columns: Forbes, Startup Economy, Inc, The Hungry Start-Up, Wharton Blog Network, and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Wall and Main. With Babson professor Sam Hariharan, Cohan has co-authored three published cases: Growing Pains at Commonwealth Dairy (2016), Chokehold on Live Entertainment (2010) and Warren Buffett and His Newspaper Investments (2014).

Media

Cohan is a frequent commentator on developments in economics, technology, and finance. He has been a guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Wall $treet Week, and New England Cable News (NECN). He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Barron’s, Red Herring, Time, Business Week, Fortune, and Newsweek International.

Keynote Speaker

He has spoken at Stanford University’s Forum for American/Chinese Exchange (FACES) and taught in its Industry Thought Leaders program, Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program, the University of Hong Kong, and other universities in Europe and Asia. He has also conducted management development programs in the US and Asia sponsored by leading corporations, such as IBM, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Fidelity Investments, and Procter & Gamble.​

The impact of China, India & other world economies on the US

How will the Chinese, Indian, and Brazilian economies evolve and how should U.S. investors and executives respond?

What's Up with the Economy?

Outsourcing: Market Overview, Case Studies and Implications for Business

Strategies for Growth: Analyzing Value, Acquisitions and Alliances

Value Leadership: Building Tomorrow's Organization Today

  • Disciplined Growth Strategies: Insights from the Growth Trajectories of Successful and Unsuccessful Companies
    Disciplined Growth Strategies: Insights from the Growth Trajectories of Successful and Unsuccessful Companies Purchase Book
  • Hungry Start-up Strategy: Creating New Ventures with Limited Resources and Unlimited Vision
    Hungry Start-up Strategy: Creating New Ventures with Limited Resources and Unlimited Vision Purchase Book
  • Capital Rising: How Capital Flows Are Changing Business Systems All Over the World
    Capital Rising: How Capital Flows Are Changing Business Systems All Over the World Purchase Book
  • You Can't Order Change: Lessons From the Turnaround at Boeing
    You Can't Order Change: Lessons From the Turnaround at Boeing Purchase Book
  • Value Leadership: The 7 Principles that Drive Corporate Value in Any Economy
    Value Leadership: The 7 Principles that Drive Corporate Value in Any Economy Purchase Book
  • eStocks: Finding the Hidden Blue Chips Among the Internet Impostors
    eStocks: Finding the Hidden Blue Chips Among the Internet Impostors Purchase Book
  • E-Profit  High Payoff Strategies for Capturing the E-Commerce Edge
    E-Profit High Payoff Strategies for Capturing the E-Commerce Edge Purchase Book
  • Net Profit: How to Invest and Compete in the Wild World of Internet Business
    Net Profit: How to Invest and Compete in the Wild World of Internet Business Purchase Book
  • The Technology Leaders: How America's Most Profitable High-Tech Companies Innovate Their Way to Success
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