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Vijay Govindarajan

Dartmouth International Business Professor, Strategy Expert, Director of the Tuck Center for Global Leadership

Vijay Govindarajan, known as VG, is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School and founding director of Tuck’s Center for Global Leadership. Professor Govindarajan is also the faculty co-director for Global Leadership 2020 – Tuck’s executive education program that focuses on global management and is taught on three continents.

For over 25 years, Vijay Govindarajan has been advancing the field of strategy execution and advising senior executives in all industries on how to modify their organizations to achieve their strategic ambitions. Reading the zeitgeist of the past three decades, Vijay Govindarajan has helped companies adapt to the global business environment and change the way they look at strategy.

In the 1980s, Vijay Govindarajan surveyed hundreds of executives at Fortune 500 corporations about their varied approaches to executing strategy across business units. In the 1990s, Professor Govindarajan helped companies that were expanding globally achieve the most effective balance of differentiation and integration among country subsidiaries. Since 2000, he has focused on teaching corporations to build breakthrough businesses while simultaneously sustaining excellence in their core business––the subject of his book Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators.

In 2009 Vijay Govindarajan was elected Fellow of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) – an honor given to faculty who have made significant contributions to the strategy field. SMS is the largest and most prestigious association of academic scholars in management.

Companies Vijay Govindarajan has advised include: AT&T, Boeing, British Telecom, Corning, Ford, The Gap, Hewlett-Packard, The Home Depot, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, New York Times, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sony, and Wal-Mart.

Vijay Govindarajan is recognized as one of today’s leading business strategists. He has been named to a series of lists by influential publications, including: “Outstanding Faculty” in BusinessWeek’s annual “Guide to Best B-Schools”; “Top Five Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy” by Forbes; “Top Ten Professor in Corporate Executive Education” by BusinessWeek; and “Eight Leading Executive Advisors” by the Wall Street Journal Online. Additional accolades include Across the Board, which features Vijay Govindarajan as one of four “superstar” management thinkers from India.

Vijay Govindarajan also writes a column for FastCompany.com. His articles have also appeared in journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Business Strategy. Vijay Govindarajan is a popular keynote speaker and has been featured at such conferences as the BusinessWeek CEO Forum and the Economist Conference.


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■Tea with Vijay Govindarajan economist.com/video

■Vijay Govindarajan: How GE is Disrupting Itself

■Creating an Innovation Mindset