Open Economies


Dr. James F. Moore
Senior Fellow

Tel: (617) 495-7547
Fax: (617) 495-7641

James F. Moore is one of the leading experts on business strategy, technology and leadership. He is the pioneer of the concepts of "business ecosystems" and "Internet ecosystems," and the ecological approach to alliances and alliance-based competition. These concepts are widely used for strategy-making and venture investing in the high tech community.

Jim is the Chairman of GeoPartners Ventures (, a business development and venture capital investor. He serves on the boards of several companies, including Key3Media Group. Jim is a long-time advisor to major venture capital organizations, including AT&T Ventures, Intel Capital, Accel Partners, GE Capital, and ETF Group.

Jim is active in the so-called "b2-4b" movement, working to bring the benefits of the high technology economy ("b2") to the four billion people who live on less than $3 per day ("4b"). He is a Senior Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society of Harvard Law School, where he studies government policies that encourage the use of information technology to promote global economic development and human rights. Jim is the Chair of the Policy Board of Hewlett-Packard's business unit serving the rural poor, HP World e-Inclusion (, and the organizer of its International Advisory Board.

He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GeoPartners Research, which he led from 1990 to 1999. GeoPartners was regarded as one of the most influential strategy consulting firms in the high technology sector, and featured in Fortune, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. GeoPartners helped clients unleash revolutionary, disruptive technologies, establish new markets and win standards battles. GeoPartners pioneered scenario planning, and the economic analysis of technology-based businesses, including alliances and networks of cooperating companies. It offered a full range of due diligence, technology assessment, program oversight, and organization design services. Finally, GeoPartners provided executive development and leadership counsel. The firm forged deep relationships with its clients, which included Intel, IBM, AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Lucent, Johnson & Johnson, Jim Henson Productions, and Royal Dutch Shell. The GeoPartners consulting business was acquired by Renaissance Worldwide in 1999, and Jim retired from day-to-day leadership of the company.

Jim is the author of a best-selling book, The Death of Competition: Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems (HarperBusiness, 1996). The Wall Street Journal awarded the book five stars and selected it as one of the top books for entrepreneurs published this decade. His earlier Harvard Business Review article "Predators and Prey: A New Ecology of Competition" won the McKinsey Award for best article of 1993. Jim's writing has been published in a variety of periodicals ranging from Foreign Affairs to The New York Times and Fast Company. For many years Jim authored a regular column in Upside, the original Silicon Valley technology business magazine.

Jim is educated both in strategy and psychology. He earned a doctorate in Human Development (clinical developmental psychology) from Harvard in 1983, where he conducted research on the cognition and expert practice, and worked closely with C. Roland Christensen, one of the founders of modern business strategy. Jim continued his research as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Organizations at Stanford in 1983-84, and as a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Business School in 1984-85. He attended Williams College (Massachusetts) and earned his undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 1975.

Jim contributes his time to a number of initiatives in the human rights and global health and economic development arenas, in addition to his work at Harvard Law School and with Hewlett Packard World e-Inclusion. He is a visiting lecturer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Jim is the Chair of the advisory board for the Harvard Center on Society and Health, and is an active supporter of the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Harvard AIDS Institute, which works primarily with AIDS in Africa. He is a member of the Leadership Council of Amnesty International USA. Jim is a sponsor of the State of the World Forum (California), and he is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum (Switzerland).