Faculty Directory

Chris Trimble

Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration








MBA, Tuck School of Business, 1996; BS, University of Virginia, 1989

Areas of Expertise

Innovation and entrepreneurship in large organizations

Current Research Topics

  • How to execute an innovation initiative
  • Reverse innovation
  • Innovation in health care

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2000–present
  • Executive Director, William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership, Tuck School, 2000–10

Nonacademic positions 

  • Senior Fellow, Katzenbach Partners LLC, 2005–09
  • Consultant, High Performance Systems, Inc., 1997–2000
  • Consultant, Bain & Company, 1996–97
  • Nuclear Submarine Officer, United States Navy, 1989–94


  • McKinsey Award for best article of the year in the Harvard Business Review (second place) for "Stop the Innovation Wars," 2010
  • Accenture Award for highest-impact article, California Management Review, 2006
  • Edward Tuck Scholar, Tuck School of Business, 1996

Selected Publications

  • With V. Govindarajan, How Stella Saved the Farm–A Wild and Woolly Yarn about Making Innovation Happen, St. Martin's Press, 2013
  • With V. Govindarajan, Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, Harvard Business Review Press, 2012
  • With V. Govindarajan, "The CEO's Role in Business Model Reinvention," Harvard Business Review, January–February 2011
  • With V. Govindarajan, The Other Side of Innovation–Solving the Execution Challenge, Harvard Business Review Press, 2010
  • With V. Govindarajan, "Stop the Innovation Wars," Harvard Business Review, July–August 2010
  • With J. Immelt and V. Govindarajan, "How GE is Disrupting Itself," Harvard Business Review, October 2009
  • With V. Govindarajan, Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution, Harvard Business School Press, 2005
  • With V. Govindarajan, "Organizational DNA for Strategic Innovation," California Management Review, 47(3), Spring 2005
  • With V. Govindarajan, "Building Breakthrough Business Within Established Organizations," Harvard Business Review, 83(5), May 2005
  • With V. Govindarajan, "Strategic Innovation and the Science of Learning," MIT Sloan Management Review, 45(2), Winter 2004