Vijay Govindarajan (also known as VG) is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business and the Founding Director of the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is also the Faculty Director for the Tuck Global Leadership 2020 Program, Tuck's executive education program that focuses on global management and is taught on three continents.
VG's area of expertise is strategy, with particular emphasis on strategic innovation, industry transformation, and global strategy and organization. Professional credits include: 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 Ten Thought Leader in Strategy Coaching, named in Profiles in Coaching; Outstanding Teacher of the Year, voted by MBA students; and Top 50 Non-Resident Indians of the Year, named by NRI World.
Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, VG was on the faculties of The Ohio State University and the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India). He has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), the International University of Japan (Urasa, Japan), and Helsinki School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland).
VG was ranked by Management International Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy and organization. One of his papers was recognized as "one of the ten most-often cited articles" in the entire 40-year history of the prestigious Academy of Management Journal. VG has also received numerous other scholarly awards, including the Glueck Best Research Paper Award in Business Policy and Strategy from the Academy of Management. He has been honored with inclusion in the Academy of Management Journals' Hall of Fame (under the "Honorable Mention" category). He was invited to deliver the Fifteenth Annual Presidential Lecture at Dartmouth College.
More than 60 articles by VG on strategy and organization have appeared as book chapters and in journals such as Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Strategic Management Journal; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Decision Sciences; Journal of Business Strategy; Strategy and Business; Business Horizons; Harvard Business Review; and MIT Sloan Management Review. He has published seven books, including Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators from Idea to Execution (Harvard Business School Press, 2005).
VG works with CEOs and top management teams in Global Fortune 500 firms to discuss, challenge, and escalate their thinking about strategy. He is often called to be the keynote speaker at events, conferences, CEO forums, and leadership development programs. Representative clients include: Boeing, British Telecom, Chubb, Colgate, Corning, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, International Paper, J.P. Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, New York Times, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sony, and UBS. He has been a keynote speaker at the Business Week CEO Forum, the Economist Conference, Confederation of Indian Industry Conference, US Chamber of Commerce, and Human Resource Planning Society National Conference.
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.
Chris Trimble is an expert in innovation and execution. He is the co-author of "Building Breakthrough Businesses Within Established Organizations," the lead article in the May 2005 Harvard Business Review, and Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators from Idea to Execution, due from HBS Press in December 2005.
Chris is a frequent speaker on the topic of innovation. Recent appearances include a keynote address at the Conference Board's Innovation Conference in New York, and as a panelist at the Business Week CEO Forum in Beijing.
Chris is on the faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and has published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, and Across the Board. He has also written for Fast Company and The Financial Times.
Chris is also a Senior Fellow at Katzenbach Partners LLC, a consulting firm that helps companies achieve peak performance through a combination of strategic problem-solving and insight into people and organization. Chris' past work includes a position as a consultant at Bain & Company, and as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Chris holds an MBA degree with distinction from the Tuck School, and a bachelor of science degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia.
Beth L. Perkins is the Center Administrator at the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She started with Tuck in August 2005 after leaving a position as the Executive Assistant to the CFO at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She currently holds a bachelor's degree in Education with a concentration in exercise and sport science from the University of Vermont and will be starting an MBA program in the fall of 2006. Prior to her position as Executive Assistant, Beth spent 2 years with the Department of Occupational Medicine at DHMC as a Sr. Clinical Secretary and Administrative Assistant to the Chair of the Department. Beth is also an assistant Track & Field Coach at Lebanon High School, specializing in the throwing events, as well as a part-time Fitness Trainer at the CCBA-Witherell Center.