Professor Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. In addition to his positions at Tuck, he was the first Professor-in-Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric.
Professor Govindarajan has been named to numerous lists by influential publications, including Outstanding Faculty, BusinessWeek Guide to Best B-Schools; Top Ten Business School Professors in Corporate Executive Education, BusinessWeek; Top Five Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy, Forbes; Top 50 Management Thinkers, The Times (London); Rising Super Star, The Economist; and Outstanding Teacher of the Year, voted by MBA students.
The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research, Professor Govindarajan was inducted into the Academy of Management Journal’s Hall of Fame, and was ranked by Management InternationalReview as one of the “Top 20 North American Superstars” for research in strategy and organization. One of his papers was recognized as among the ten most-often cited articles in the entire 40-year history of Academy of Management Journal.
Professor Govindarajan is rare among faculty in having published more than ten articles in the top academic journals (Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal) and more than ten articles in prestigious practitioner journals, including several best-selling Harvard Business Review articles.
He has published nine books, including international best sellers Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators (Harvard Business Press, 2005) and The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge (Harvard Business Press, 2010).
Professor Govindarajan works with CEOs and top management teams in Global Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge, and escalate their thinking about strategy. He has worked with more than twenty-five percent of the Fortune 500 corporations, including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Deere, FedEx, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, New York Times, Procter & Gamble, Sony, and Wal-Mart. He is a regular keynote speaker in CEO forums and major conferences including the World Innovation Forum, BusinessWeek CEO Forum, World Business Forum, and World Economic Forum at Davos.
Professor Govindarajan received his doctorate from the Harvard Business School and was awarded the Robert Bowne Prize for the best thesis proposal. He also received his MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was included in the Dean’s Honor List. Prior to this, VG received his Chartered Accountancy degree in India where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank nationwide.
Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, he was on the faculties of Harvard Business School, INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), and the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India).