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Vijay Govindarajan (born 18 November 1949), popularly known as VG, is the Coxe Distinguished Professor (a Dartmouth-wide chair) at Dartmouth College's
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and Marvin Bower Fellow, 2015–16 at
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. He is a Faculty Partner in th
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He worked as
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's innovation consultant and professor in residence from 2008 to 2010. He is a
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and
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best-selling author and a two-time winner of the McKinsey Award for the best article published in
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. VG was inducted into the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame in 2019 for his life-long work dedicated to the field of management, strategy, and innovation. VG received Thinkers 50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in two different categories: Breakthrough Idea Award in 2011 and Innovation Award in 2019.  


Education

In 1974, Govindarajan received his chartered accountancy degree, where he was awarded the President's gold medal by the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is India's largest professional accounting body under the administrative control of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. It was established on 1 July 1949 as a statutory b ...
, the award is given to the first ranked chartered accountancy student in India. Govindarajan went on to earn his M.B.A. from
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in 1976 where he graduated with distinction. Two years later, he earned his D.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was awarded the Robert Bowne Prize For Best Thesis Proposal.


Career

Govindarajan started his career as a professor at the
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) is the world's number 1 business school, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The school has been accorded the status of an Institute of National Importance by Ministry of Human Resourc ...
where he served as an associate professor from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1985, Govindarajan served as a visiting associate professor at
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and as an associate professor at
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. In 1985, he joined the
Tuck School of Business The Tuck School of Business (also known as Tuck, and formally known as the Amos Tuck School of Administration and Finance) is the graduate business school of Dartmouth College, a private research university in Hanover, New Hampshire. Founde ...
as a professor, where he has taught ever since. During his time at Tuck, Govindarajan has also served as a visiting professor at
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's
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campus and the
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. Govindarajan served as
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's first Chief Innovation Consultant and Professor in Residence from 2008 to 2010. While working at General Electric, Govindarajan co-authored a paper entitled "How GE Is Disrupting Itself" with Chris Trimble and GE's CEO Jeffrey Immelt. "How GE Is Disrupting Itself," which introduced the idea of reverse innovation.


Scholarly work

Govindarajan is the author of fourteen books and has published articles in academic journals such as the
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, the
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and the
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. In 2010, Govindarajan's article "Stop The Innovation Wars" received the second place prize for that year's
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Awards. His article "Engineering Reverse Innovations" won the McKinsey Award for the Best Article published in HBR in 2015.


Awards and honors

Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame 2019Thinkers 50 Innovation Award 2019Best Article Award, Strategic Management Society, 2017McKinsey Award for The Best HBR Article, 2015, First PlaceThinkers50 Breakthrough Innovation Award recipientMcKinsey Award 2010, 2nd PlaceTop Five Most Respected Executive Coach on Strategy
Outstanding Faculty, ''BusinessWeek'' Guide to the Best B-Schools, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993


Selected publications

*''The Three Box Solution: A Strategy For Leading Innovation'', HBR Press, April 2016 *''Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere'', Harvard Business Review Press, 2012 (with Chris Trimble). *“Becoming a Better Corporate Citizen: How PepsiCo Moved Toward A Healthier Future” (with Indra K. Nooyi''), Harvard Business Review'', March–April 2020. *“Engineering Reverse Innovation”, ''Harvard Business Review'', July-Aug 2015 (with Amos Winter) *“Building a $300 House for The Poor,” ''Harvard Business Review'', March 2011. *“The CEO’s Role in Business Model Reinvention” ''Harvard Business Review'', January 2011, 89(1- 2), (with Chris Trimble). *“Reverse Innovation, Emerging Markets, and Global Strategy”, ''Global Strategy Journal,'' 2011, pp. 191–205. *“Stop the Innovation Wars” ''Harvard Business Review,'' July 2010, 88(7), pp. 76–83 (with Chris Trimble). *"How GE Is Disrupting Itself," ''Harvard Business Review,'' October 2009, 87(10), pp. 56–65 (with Jeffrey Immelt and Chris Trimble).


References


External links


Personal websiteGovindarajan's Blog at the Harvard Business Review
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