Vijay Govindarajan (known as VG), is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School, and Co-Faculty Director of the Global Leadership 2030. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century.
Professor Govindarajan works with CEOs and top management teams in Global Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge, and escalate their thinking about strategy. Recognized as one of today’s leading business strategists, he was designated No. 3 in the Thinkers50 2011 ranking of most influential living management thinkers and winner of their Breakthrough Idea Award.
Professor Govindarajan has also been designated one of the Top 10 Professors in Corporate Executive Education by BusinessWeek and Top 5 Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy by Forbes. He is a member of the Academy of Management Journal Hall of Fame, and ranked by Management International Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy and organization.
Professor Govindarajan has published seven books with co-author Chris Trimble, including Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators (2005), The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge (2010), and Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere (2012). Most recently, they’ve published a parable, How Stella Saved the Farm. This light-hearted, short read was designed as a workbook to facilitate the implementation of the concepts in the book – applicable to corporate teams across a variety of global industries.