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Vijay Govindarajan, Business Trends Speaker

Vijay Govindarajan

    • Thought Leader on Strategy and Innovation
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$50,000 - $100,000

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Vijay Govindarajan Speaker Biography

Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. 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 Ratings, Govindarajan is rated the #1 Indian Management Thinker.

VG writes about innovation and execution on several platforms including Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg Business Week.  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 BusinessWeek in its Guide to Best B-Schools; Top Ten Business School Professor in Corporate Executive Education, named by BusinessWeek; 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 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, Johnson & Johnson, New York Times, Procter & Gamble, 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.

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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The Disrupted Economy: What Lies Ahead for Business?
The economy and corporate business have been disrupted as never before by the covid-19 crisis and associated policy responses. After a record-breaking bull market and unprecedented economic boom, we are now in the midst of historic collapses in employment, consumer demand, share valuations, capex and R&D investment and other important indicators of economic wellbeing. The backdrop to today's challenges include festering trade and tariff battles, the unraveling of supply chains and a technology cold war with China. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, U.S. Business Editor and former China Business Editor at The Economist, helps audiences make sense of this highly unsettled business climate. Vijay breaks down the big picture trends to assess how bad things might get for the U.S. economy, and the likely scenarios toward recovery and rejuvenation. And he deciphers the international feedback loop – from a rising China to the shift from globalization to slowbalization – to help businesses strategize, innovate, and find opportunity in today’s disruptive landscape.
The NEW Innovation Revolution: How to Win in the Post-Covid Economy
“Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, good companies survive them, great companies are improved by them.” So declared Andy Grove, the legendary former chairman of Intel, three decades ago. How can companies and corporate leaders today rise to the challenges of covid-19, so that they too emerge stronger from this crisis? The answer is to embrace radical innovation fueled by bottom-up solutions. Many companies are too top-down and bureaucratic to be innovative in normal times. However, a crisis can unleash the animal spirits. Business history reveals that in a small crisis power gets centralized in the C-suite, but that in a really big crisis power flows down to those most capable of responding quickly and imaginatively. Vijay Vaitheeswaran persuasively argues this new innovation revolution will be driven by Frugality – Proximity – Agility - Connectivity and Vitality. And these “Five Pillars,” says Vijay, provide a roadmap to the post-Covid economy.
Energy in Today’s World
With his extensive experience covering energy topics for The Economist, authoring two books on the subject, and chairing the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Energy, Vijay tackles the topic of energy. Covering the politics, economics, business, and technology issues, he helps audiences understand what the world’s energy situation is, how it affects their country, and what the future will look like in terms of energy (in)dependence, and how it affects regional strategic partners and geopolitics.
Global Warning: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, award-winning author and Energy & Climate Innovation Editor of The Economist, will deliver a provocative keynote address that surveys the megatrends reshaping the 21st century global economy, from the prospects for future pandemics to the disruptive and widespread impacts of climate change. Global warming in particular poses enormous challenges, and if left unchecked, could devastate significant parts of the global economy, turn low-lying and vulnerable parts of the world uninhabitable, spread disease and famine and fuel refugee crises. However, a much more open, accelerated and ambitious approach to climate innovation could also produce many solutions over the next decade as every industry in every geography is forced to respond to this existential threat.
Strategy Is Innovation
This presentation focuses on the importance of all the three boxes (Boxes 1, 2 & 3), learn not to get stuck in the past (Box 2), and build the future day by day (Box 3).
Innovation Execution
This presentation focuses on executing Box 3 breakthrough innovation strategies.

Reverse Innovation 
Historically, multinationals innovated in a rich country and sold those products in a poor country. Reserve Innovation is doing exactly the opposite. It is about innovating in a poor country and selling those products in a rich country. Reverse Innovation is a Box 3 strategy.

Delivering World-class Healthcare, Affordably
Several Indian hospital exemplars deliver high quality healthcare at ultra low cost, a Box 3 strategy. This presentation will focus on how these hospitals do it and the implications for the US healthcare system.

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