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The Factors Behind China’s Growing Strength in Innovation

In 2006, 26-year-old Frank Wang started up DJI in a dorm room at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. The legend goes that Frank’s father had given him an expensive remote-controlled model helicopter for doing well in school. When the helicopter predictably crashed shortly after, Wang became determined to build a better controller. As part of his graduate thesis, he perfected an electronics flight...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 07/06/2018 at 08:55 am

Why We Need to Update Financial Reporting for the Digital Era

The market caps of just four companies, Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft, now exceed $3 trillion. Their combined assets of $944 billion are an order of magnitude lower than the combined assets of $7,700 billion of the largest 3,177 companies in 1986, when the aggregate market capitalization reached $3 trillion for the first time. In our recent HBR article, we argued that financial statements fail to capture the...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 06/08/2018 at 10:33 am

Why Financial Statements Don’t Work for Digital Companies

On February 13, 2018, the New York Times reported that Uber is planning an IPO. Uber’s value is estimated between $48 and $70 billion, despite reporting losses over the last two years. Twitter reported a  loss of $79 million before its IPO, yet it commanded a valuation of $24 billion on its IPO date in 2013. For the next four years, it continued to report losses. Similarly, Microsoft...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 02/26/2018 at 09:25 am

Can Anyone Stop Amazon from Winning the Industrial Internet?

Just the announcement that Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jaime Dimon will be entering the health care space has sent shock waves for industry incumbents such as CVS, Cigna, and UnitedHealth. It also puts a fundamental question back on the agendas of CEOs in other industries: Will software eat the world, as Marc Andreessen famously quipped? Is this a warning shot that signals that other legacy...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 02/05/2018 at 05:38 am

What U.S. CEOs Can Learn from GM’s India Failure

General Motors, once the world’s largest car maker, has decided to stop selling vehicles in India by the end of 2017, since it considers its India operation to be not profitable. The company re-entered a liberalizing India in 1994, after abandoning the country in 1954. Like its American compatriot Ford Motor Company, GM’s market share in India has always been in the single digits,...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 06/15/2017 at 06:32 am

Celtics Should NOT trade their Number 1 Pick

Once Celtics sign two players under maximum contract ($30 million pay per year), they wont have enough cap space to sign a third star under max contract. So that leaves one more slot. Isaiah Thomas (IT) is coming up for free agency in 2018 summer. He will demand max contract. Can Celtics beat Cavs with IT and Horford. After Game 1, the answer to this question: Are you kidding me? Celtics need 3 All-Stars to beat Cavs....
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 05/18/2017 at 12:44 pm

HBS Professor Mihir Desai’s New Book

In The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return, my friend and HBS Professor Mihir Desai shows how the big ideas of finance can be mapped to ways to understand one’s life. Each chapter is a big idea of finance (risk, valuation, leverage, etc) but the intuition is developed entirely by using the humanities - literature, history, philosophy etc. And, through the use of the...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 05/15/2017 at 05:43 am

Vote For Ron Adner in Thinkers 50

My good friend Ron Adner, David T. McLaughlin Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth, a Best Selling Author, and an Award-Winning Teacher, is the world’s leading expert on strategy and innovation. May I request you to cast your vote for him on the Thinkers50 List this year: http://thinkers50.com/nominations/.  Be sure to nominate Ron Adner for the Strategy Award in addition to voting for him in the Overall Ranking....
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 05/02/2017 at 06:21 am


US health care system is on an unattainable path— very high cost, not necessarily world class quality, and cannot guarantee universal access. Here are 21 companies that are using digital technologies to transform health care: http://fortune.com/2017/04/20/digital-health-revolution/ We need more bottom up innovations in health care. 
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 05/02/2017 at 06:19 am


My good friend Syd Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Tuck at Dartmouth and a Best Selling Author, is the world’s leading expert on talent and leadership. He has been part of the Thinkers50 Management Guru List. May I request you to cast your vote for him on the Thinkers50 List this year: http://thinkers50.com/nominations/.  Be sure to nominate Syd Finkelstein for the Talent Award in...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 04/18/2017 at 06:21 am

US Health Care Reform— Look To India For Answers

US Health care reform is back on the table, again. For better solutions to control soaring health care costs, US should look to the health care delivery innovations of leading Indian hospitals: https://hbr.org/2013/11/delivering-world-class-health-care-affordably
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 04/14/2017 at 06:15 am


My good friend Anil Gupta, the Michael Dingman Chair at the Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland at College Park, is the world's leading expert on globalization. A regular attendee at World Economic Forum summits including Davos, he has been part of the Thinkers50 Management Guru List for the last four years. May I request you to cast your vote for him on the Thinkers 50 List this year:...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 03/22/2017 at 12:31 pm

Doing Business in India Requires a Mobile-First Strategy

If you want to see how mobile technology can disrupt the very basics of business models and habits established over hundreds if not thousands of years, look at what’s happening in India. A telecommunications revolution, towards fourth generation (4G) mobile services, will transform the consumer landscape over the next 5-10 years. This revolution will transform India the same way automobiles changed America 100...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 01/05/2017 at 11:38 am

The Scary Truth About Corporate Survival

It’s one of those stats that’s constantly thrown around at conferences: 80% of the companies that existed before 1980 are no longer around—and another 17% probably won’t be here in five years. Dartmouth professor Vijay Govindarajan heard versions of this so often that he eventually began using it himself—even though he didn’t know whether it was accurate or, if it was, why it was true....
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 11/16/2016 at 08:04 am

Corporate America Is Now Almost As Risky As Main Street

We all know that starting a small business is a risky proposition — only about half of all small-company start-ups make it to five years. Now, however, comes word from researchers at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College that even publicly traded companies face futures almost as precarious. Read the entire post at Harvard Business Review>>
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 10/20/2016 at 09:44 am

Strategy When Creative Destruction Accelerates

Abstract:       Life is short. That’s never been more true for corporations today. An analysis of all 29,688 firms that listed from 1960 through 2009, divided into 10-year cohorts, reveals that newly listed firms in recent cohorts fail more frequently than did those in older ones. Creative destruction is accelerating because there is a fundamental shift in the American economy. The...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 10/14/2016 at 11:02 am

Research Explores The Effects Of Trade And Economic Disruption

Economic disruption has been a big part of the political conversation. Free trade might be a net benefit to the U.S., but there are large areas of the country that bear the brunt of negative effects. Read the entire post at Harvard Business Review>>
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 10/14/2016 at 11:01 am

Two Ways to Break into India’s Consumer Market

While India is the fastest growing major economy in the world today, some foreign companies are still struggling to enter the market there. However, recent developments have opened new doors for consumer product companies to expand their presence and sales in India, at much lower risks. Read the entire post at Harvard Business Review>>
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 10/11/2016 at 07:29 am

What’s Next after Pokémon GO?

If you don’t know what a Squirtle, a Psyduck, or a Jigglypuff is, you may be among the few who haven’t been captivated yet by Pokémon GO, a sort of virtual scavenger hunt. Briefly, the game layers computer-generated creatures over real-time maps on a player’s iOS or Android smartphone. The technology, called augmented reality (AR), is a far cry from the falling puzzle tiles of Tetris, which...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 08/09/2016 at 08:02 am

How Amazon Adapted Its Business Model to India

When Amazon decided to enter the Indian e-commerce market, it was clear from the outset that something would have to give. That something was the very business model that had made Amazon an internet powerhouse in the U.S. Amazon.com debuted as an online bookstore in 1994. Founder Jeff Bezos’s initial business model was fairly simple: Source a single product type from wholesalers and publishers and sell it...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 07/20/2016 at 10:54 am

What Innovative Companies Can Learn from Keurig’s Highs and Lows

Leading an organization can sometimes feel like plate spinning: racing from pole to pole, trying to keep each plate aloft and whirling. To lead (and to spin), you have to achieve and maintain balance. Within an enterprise, this means balancing the demands of current operations while laying the groundwork for future opportunities, as well as reviewing past activities and policies that may be holding back your...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 06/20/2016 at 12:18 pm

Stop Saying Big Companies Can’t Innovate

Some business pundits today believe innovation ignites better in startups than in large, established corporations. They believe big companies are weighed down by their own success, too invested in the past to create and execute new ideas. They say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I disagree. Read the entire post at Harvard Business Review>>
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 06/06/2016 at 09:00 am

How Disney Found Its Way Back to Creative Success

Since every industry changes in time, the key to success is adapting to those changes – hence, strategy is innovation. In this, Disney and Warner Brothers provide an instructive study in contrasts. When Robert Iger, Disney chair and CEO, purchased Pixar for $7.4 billion ten years ago, some in the industry thought he was crazy. The Disney empire was rooted in animation, and its classic...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 06/03/2016 at 08:56 am

To Win the Civil War, Lincoln Had to Change His Leadership

In our work with leaders, we see that great ones grow themselves and their organizations by deliberately working on three areas: They wisely manage the present, anchoring in purpose and values. They selectively forget the past, letting go of old values, beliefs, and behaviors that no longer serve them or their organizations. They purposefully create the future by adopting new...
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 06/01/2016 at 06:49 am

From Accountant to Yogi: Making a Radical Career Change

At some point, almost all of us will experience a period of radical professional change. Some of us will seek it out; for others it will feel like an unwelcome intrusion into otherwise stable careers. Either way, we have choices about how we respond to it when it comes. Read the entire post at Harvard Business Review>>
Posted by: Vijay Govindarajan - 05/26/2016 at 08:12 am

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