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David Rainey

David Rainey

Professor of Practice and Acting Dean, Hartford


  • Sustainable Development
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Product Innovation

Areas of Instruction

  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Business Policy


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Engineering Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S., Business Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.B.A., Western New England College
  • Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research and Publications

Dr. Rainey is an internationally-known author, educator, academic administrator, and consultant. He is a leading authority on technological innovation, product development, sustainable development, strategic leadership, strategic management, and energy management. The focus of his current research and consulting is on new-to-the-world technologies, sustainability, business model innovation, managing complexity and strategic innovation.  He is a strategist and pragmatist working at the intersection of strategy, innovation, systems, and leadership for creating innovative solutions to business challenges in today’s turbulent business environment.   

Professor Rainey has more than 35 years of experience and leadership in industry and academia with an extensive background in strategic innovation, energy systems, strategic management, and entrepreneurship. He has advised companies on how to develop radical technologies in the fields of biotechnology, energy systems, fuel cells, aircraft and submarine design, hydrogen peroxide, cryogenic processing, bioremediation, recycling, high temperature plasma-arc furnaces, and materials recovery. He has consulted with more than 30 global corporations, including United Technologies Corporation, Toyota, BMW, Siemens AG, AT&T, Electric Boat, Holnam, International Fuel Cells, Lego Systems, Pennsylvania Power & Light, and Pfizer, Inc. He has participated in the start-up more than 30 entrepreneurial companies.

Dr. Rainey is the author of Product Innovation: Leading Change through Integrated Product Development (2005, ISBN 0-521-84275-1), Sustainable Business Development: Inventing the Future through Strategy, Innovation and Leadership (2006, ISBN: 0-521-86278-7) and Enterprise-wide Strategic Management: Achieving Sustainable Success through Leadership, Strategies and Value Creation (2010, ISBN: 978-0-521-76980-8). The books are published by Cambridge University Press. His next books are Full-Spectrum Strategic Leadership: Achieving Sustainable Success through Solutions, Systems and Relationships and Corporate Strategic Management: Achieving Sustainable Success through Visionary Leadership and Strategic Innovation.

Dr. Rainey was CEO of a U.S. subsidiary of Alfa Laval AB. The company provided equipment and engineering services for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. He was vice president of the U.K.-based Wellman Engineering Corporation. He started his business career at Combustion Engineering, Inc. holding successive positions as research and development engineer, project manager, and manager of strategic planning.

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