Dr. Vijay Govindarajan

World’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. VG, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author, is Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. The Coxe Distinguished Professorship is a new Dartmouth-wide faculty chair. 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. In the latest Thinkers 50 Rankings, Govindarajan is rated the #1 Indian Management Thinker.

VG writes about innovation and execution on several platforms including Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He is a co-leader of a global initiative to design a $300 House.

Govindarajan has been identified as a leading management thinker by influential publications including: Outstanding Faculty, named by Business Week in its Guide to Best B-Schools; Top Ten Business School Professor in Corporate Executive Education, named by Business Week; Top Five Most Respected Executive Coach on Strategy, rated by Forbes; Top 50 Management Thinker, named by The London Times; Rising Super Star, cited by The Economist; Outstanding Teacher of the Year, voted by MBA students.

Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, VG was on the faculties of Harvard Business School, INSEAD (Fontainebleau) and the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India). The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research, Govindarajan was inducted into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and ranked by Management International Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy. One of his papers was recognized as one of the ten most-often cited articles in the entire 40-year history of Academy of Management Journal.

VG is a rare faculty who has 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 HBR articles. He is a twotime winner of the prestigious McKinsey Award for the best article published in HBR. He published the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Reverse Innovation.

VG has worked with CEOs and top management teams in more than 25% of the Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge, and escalate their thinking about strategy. His clients include: Boeing, Coca- Cola, Colgate, Deere, FedEx, GE, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, J&J, New York Times, P & G, Sony, and Wal-Mart. He has been a keynote speaker in the BusinessWeek CEO Forum, HSM World Business Forum, TED and World Economic Forum at Davos. He serves on the Board of NHPR.

VG 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.

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  • At PepsiCo, we practice what Govindarajan preaches Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Govindarajan introduced the Three-Box Solution to GE a few years ago when he was our professor in residence at Crotonville. We embraced it immediately because we saw in it a path to strategic fitness and innovation that was simple, powerful and purposeful Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric Company
  • Govindarajan’s The Three Box Solution provides a framework for balancing the imperatives of the present with the demands of the future. It is a construct that permeates all our strategic thinking. Anand G. Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group
  • The three-box framework is powerful. The first box lulls you, the second is excruciatingly difficult, and most of us do not get to see the third – it’s too late. While the status quo appears the easiest solution, Govindarajan uses examples – from sports to Hindu mythology – to inject three-box thinking into organizational DNA. K.V. Kamath, President, New Development Bank BRICS; Former Chairman and CEO, ICICI Bank
  • Leaders must continuously attend to Box 1, Box 2, and Box 3. Govindarajan offers a simple but powerful framework to achieve three-box balance. Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Industries
  • Govindarajan provides a winning combination of strategic insights and actionable steps designed to help virtually any business or organization build a better future. Ajay Banga, President and CEO, MasterCard Inc.