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Principles of Innovation
By Proyashi Barua
Times of India, January 17, 2011
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The Surface to Air Company
By Rajeev Dubey
Businessworld, January 15, 2011
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How to Bring Innovations to Market
By Theodore Kinni
Strategy + Business, January 14, 2011
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Innovation has to come from outside
By Malvika Chandan, January 13, 2011
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Tata Nano is a Value-for-Many Innovation and the Future of India
By Vivek Sinha
Hindustan Times, January 12, 2011
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Rocking Books - 10 must-read books of 2010
By Staff
Outlook Business, January 8, 2011
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Does Your Company Have 'the Forgetting Problem'?
By Lynn Greiner
The Globe and Mail, January 4, 2011
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The Definitive Decade: The Best of CD 2001-2010
By Staff
Corporate Dossier, December 31, 2010
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Indian Telemedicine Moves on to Version 2.0
By Staff
The Times of India, December 17, 2010
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In Pursuit of the Perfect Brainstorm
By David Segal
The New York Times, December 16, 2010
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MNCs Looking at Rural India as Easy and Ready Market Need to Rethink
By Staff
The Economic Times, December 15, 2010
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GE Goes With What It Knows: Making Stuff
By Steve Lohr
The New York Times, December 4, 2010
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How Learning Leads to Results
By Matthew May
Strategy + Business, December 3, 2010
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Products Built On Indian Innovations Flowing into World Markets
By Kala Vijayraghavan
The Economic Times, December 2, 2010
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Organisations Aren't Designed for Innovation
By Sriram Srinivasan, November 27, 2010
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How GM Could Become Arrogant Once Again
By Rick Newman
Seeking Alpha, November 18, 2010
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How U.S. Businesses Can Really Win in India
By Vijay Govindarajan and Lew McCreary
Bloomberg Businessweek, November 16, 2010
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Time for Reverse Innovation
By Ann O'Dea
Business and Leadership, November 1, 2010
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Many More Companies Will Invest in Reverse Innovation in the Future
By Sarika Malhotra, October 24, 2010
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Innovation Expert, Vijay Govindarajan, to Address Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society in San Jose
By Staff, October 21, 2010
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The Requisite Organizational Needs that Supersede Innovation Success
By Staff
The Organizational Strategist, October 21, 2010
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Ten Myths About Innovation
By Staff, October 18, 2010
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My Generation Leader - Inside the World Business Forum
By Staff
The Washington Post, October 14, 2010
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The Other Side of Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan - Blog
By Anuradha Goyal
Innovation Angle, October 14, 2010
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Five Ways to Manage the Present and Create the Future at the Same Time
By Liz Strauss
Successful Blogs, October 11, 2010
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Vijay Govindarajan on Innovation
By Staff
The Economist, September 29, 2010
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Google's Policy of 20% Free Time for Everyone to Innovate is a Bad Idea
By Vivek Kaul
Daily News & Analysis, September 28, 2010
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How Do Companies Generate New Ideas and Turn Them into Products?
By Peter Day
BBC World Service, September 28, 2010
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A Penny for Your Thoughts
By Arindam Mukherjee
Outlook India, September 27, 2010
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The Nano Mantras
By Arindam Mukherjee
Outlook India, September 27, 2010
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Want to Help Developing Countries? Sell Them Good Stuff - Cheap
By David Wolman
Wired Magazine, September 27, 2010
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Innovation: The Execution Challenge
By Ann O'Dea
Business and Leaderhip, September 24, 2010
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How Netflix (and Blockbuster) Killed Blockbuster
By Rick Newman
US News, September 23, 2010
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FT Lexicon: Professor of the Week
By Staff
Financial Times, September 16, 2010
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Book Excerpt: The Other Side of Innovation
By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 15, 2010
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Cracking the Innovations Puzzle
By Staff
The Hindu Business, September 6, 2010
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The Making of a 'Dedicated Team'
By Staff, September 6, 2010
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Execution is the Key to Innovation
By Namrata Singh
The Times of India, August 30, 2010
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It Takes All Sorts to Make a World
By Emma Jacobs
Business Day, July 27, 2010
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The age of ‘Indovation’ dawns
By James Lamont
Financial Times, June 15, 2010
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In Search of the Next Generation Management Stars
By Peter Brown
The Independent, June 3, 2010
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By Zhang Qing (China), May 24, 2010
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'Reverse Innovation': GE Makes India a Lab for Global Markets
By Staff
India Knowledge at Wharton, May 20, 2010
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Made in India, for the World
By N. Madhavan
Business Today, May 12, 2010
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To Innovate, Create "Hunch-Friendly" Environments
By Kathleen Carr
Harvard Business Review, May 7, 2010
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IIT Taught Him to Think Out of the Box
By Hemali Chhapia & Amrita Ghaswalla
The Times of India, May 6, 2010
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India Can Lead in Reverse Innovation
By Staff
Economic Times, May 6, 2010
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MNCs in Rural India: At a Turning Point
By Staff
The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2010
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Developing Nations: Laboratories for Health Care Innovation
By Jaclyn Schiff
Kaiser Health News, April 9, 2010
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Instead of Best Practice, Next Practice
By Sarah Johnson, March 10, 2010
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Role Reversal
By Monika Shinghal
The Week, March 7, 2010
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Five Nations Boosting Their Culture of Innovation
By Mark Trumbull
The Christian Science Monitor, February 22, 2010
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Six Sigma and Innovation
By Paul Joseph
Innovation Heat, February 15, 2010
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Reverse Innovation Will Change Industries In The Future
By Sriram Srinivasan
Outlook Business, January 23, 2010
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Cheap, Cheap, Cheap
By Dan McGinn
Newsweek, January 21, 2010
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The New Way
By Sriram Srinivasan
Outlook Business, January 23, 2010
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India: A nation develops
By Joe Leahy
Financial Times, January 10, 2010
After the second world war, innovation originated chiefly in the US, resulting in products that were then distributed around the world. By the 1970s, Europe and Japan had rebuilt and become rival sources of innovation. Now, the trend is shifting to include India and China.
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How GE Does Reverse Innovation / Harvard IdeaCast
By Staff, December 21, 2009
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More Than China's Leftovers
By Kushan Mitra and Josey Puliyenthuruthel 
Business Today, December 11, 2009
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Reverse innovation is not just optional, it is oxygen
By Rajiv Tikoo
The Financial Express, November 21, 2009
VG talks about the concept of "reverse innovation" and its implications in the post-downturn phase.
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Solutions for India today will be the solutions for the world soon
By N. Madhavan
The Financial Express, October 28, 2009
VG talks about reverse innovation, what it means for Indian companies in terms of opportunities and the need to drop their penchant for reverse engineering and instead look for innovative solutions for the various problems that besiege India.
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The Case for 'Reverse Innovation' Now
By Vijay Govindarajan, October 26, 2009
A sophisticated emerging-market strategy is not optional for companies that want to survive and thrive in the 21st century. Find out why...
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The Most Influential Business Gurus
By Brian Amble, October 15, 2009
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C.K. Prahalad Remains the World's Most Influential Management Thinker
By Carol Lewis
The Sunday Times, October 14, 2009
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Prahalad Voted as the Most Influential Management Thinker
By Staff, October 14, 2009
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The Most Influential Business Thinkers
By Klaus Kneale, October 14, 2009
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The World's Top Thinkers of 2009
By Neelima Mahajan-Bansal, October 14, 2009
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The Thinkers 50: A Quick List
By Stuart Cainer and Des Dearlove, October 14, 2009
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A Reminder of the Real World in the Classroom
By Stuart Crainer
The Sunday Times, October 3, 2009
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How We Came Up With Our D-School List
By Venessa Wong
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 30, 2009
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Reverse innovation isn't optional. It is oxygen
By Vivek Kaul
DNA India, September 30, 2009
Multinational companies need to change the very way they conduct business...
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GE Shifts Innovation Strategy
By Paul Glader
Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2009
Interview with VG about how GE is changing the way it develops products and the strategy behind it.
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Bosses In Denial Over a Volatile New World
By Jane Simms
Director Magazine, September 2009
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Guru speak: Create your future while managing your present
By Vijay Govindarajan
Economic Times, July 17, 2009
Strategy used to be about protecting existing competitive advantage. Today, it is about...
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South African businesses’ greatest risk
By Jon Foster-Pedley
Money Web, July 8, 2009

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UCT Course To Kick-Start Innovation
By Staff
Cape: Business News, July 8, 2009
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Preparing for the Recovery
By Staff
The Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2009
Despite the recession, companies must do more than just play defense
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Is Innovation Too Costly in Hard Times
By Reena Jana
BusinessWeek, April 9, 2009
BusinessWeek's list of the World's Most Innovative Companies shows not all are reining in R&D.
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P&G's Trickle-Up Success: Sweet as Honey
By Reena Jana
BusinessWeek, March 31, 2009
Vicks Cough Syrup with Honey started out as a Latin American product, but Procter & Gamble saw an opportunity to offer it in richer markets.
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Low-priced Nano taps into Indians’ aspirations
By Ben Arnoldy
The Christian Science Monitor, March 23, 2009
The $2,000 vehicle, launched Monday, targets millions of Indians who up to now couldn't afford more than a motorbike.
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What Can Tata's Nano Teach Detroit?
By Jessie Scanlon
BusinessWeek, March 18, 2009
As the commercial model of India's microcar is unveiled, U.S. carmakers would do well to learn from the innovations that brought it about.
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Winning micro customers in mega markets
By Vijay Govindarajan
GE Reports, March 11, 2009
Today, more than half of GE’s revenues come from outside the United States. The company’s more than 300,000 employees work in 160 counties. And GE’s globalization efforts have helped cement its reputation as one of the world’s most successful and innovative companies.
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Dangers of Clinging to Solutions of the Past
By Phred Dvorak
The Wall Street Journal, March 05, 2009
Overconfidence, Bad Assumptions Can Cause Management Veterans to Underperform Less-Experienced Colleagues.
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Creating Your Business Future
By Staff
Business and Leadership, February 12, 2009
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Expansion key to battle downturn
By Namrata Singh
Times of India Mumbai, February 02, 2009
Prof Govindarajan Says Tough Times Can Bring Best Out Of India Inc.
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New innovation strategies to beat economic slowdown
By Priscilla Jebaraj
The Hindu, January 27, 2009
"If Indian companies make the right decisions during the economic slowdown period, they could actually come out of it and better placed than before to capture world markets."
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Rewire your organizational DNA
By Staff
The Times of India, January 20, 2009
Strategic innovation takes the road less travelled — it challenges an organization to look beyond its defined business boundaries, it enables us to participate in a creative exploration of the world of possibilities.
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Balance essential to tide over crisis: Vijay Govindarajan
By Priyanka Sangani
The Economic Times, January 16, 2009
VG has full faith that India can weather this storm. The caveat? Leadership must rise up to the challenge and do the right things.
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Innovation will be the key to growth: Vijay Govindarajan
By Vijay Govindarajan
The Economic Times, January 09, 2009
These are extraordinary times no doubt. Even if all that happened in 2008 was that Bear Sterns went bankrupt, we would be talking about 2008 as an extraordinary year...
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Invest in assets and people now
By Vijay Govindarajan
Financial Express, January 01, 2009
The year 2008 would have been called extraordinary if all that happened was that Bear Stearns went bankrupt. As it turned out...
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Make hay while the gloom lasts
By Sujata Srinivasan
TheIndianEXPRESS, December 26, 2008
VG comments on how "Innovation requires investing today for an uncertain future profit."
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Hasbro's chief transformer: CEO Goldner writes blockbuster script for toymaker's brands
By Andria Cheng
Market Watch: Wall Street Journal, December 04, 2008
"To me a great CEO is one who places great emphasis on people," said Govindarajan, "That's how you become successful. He really believes the future of Hasbro lies not in technology and product, but in people."
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The route to 'dharmacracy'
By E. Kumar Sharma
Business Today, November 27, 2008
Come January, VG, will be in India with a group of 50 US based executives. His mission? “I have arranged for Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to spend a day with the executives. Sadhguru teaches spirituality. I want western executives to understand how spirituality informs leadership,”
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When the going gets tough, companies turn spiritual
By Raghavendra Kamath
Business Standard, November 09, 2008
In everyone's life, three or four times one is asked to do extraordinary things. Self-confident leaders have the ability to rise to such special occasions. We have one such special occasion today which will sort out the great leaders from the mediocre ones.
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Unlocking The Creative Ability of Employees
By Erica Webster
Business Day (South Africa), November 06, 2008
In India, VG recently urged Indian educationists to encourage out-of-the-box thinking among management students when speaking at the 20th annual management education convention of the Association of Indian Management Schools.
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Move beyond tech innovations
By Byravee Iyer
Business Standard - Mumbai, September 02, 2008
What are the biggest barriers within companies that want to innovate? There are three big barriers. First is not encouraging em¬ployees to give ideas. Second, the lack of risk-taking attitude in organisations.
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Time to move from Best Practices to Next Practices'
By Bureau
The Times of India - Mumbai, August 28, 2008
Opening an IIT at every cor¬ner is not the answer, said Vijay Govin-darajan, professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Named one of the most important business thinkers of 2007, VG, as he is often called, sug¬gested that a smarter way to bridge the "education gap" in the country.
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Think big like Rajni
By Reji John
Financial Chronicle, August 28, 2008
For Vijay Govindarajan, innovation means "thinking big, very much like the Rajnikanth movies," where everything is presented in XXL size.
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Education gap can be bridged by IT
By Mihika Basu
DNA - Mumbai, August 28, 2008
Experts say in addition to setting up more varsities, government should also use information technology to impart education.
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Need to rethink system to fill the education gap
By Snehal Rebello
Hindustan Times - Mumbai, August 27, 2008
The country rejoiced when the Centre decided to set up 1,200 new universities. But on Wednesday, the hottest business guru, as labelled by business magazines, said that the idea was redundant.
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By Staff
MBAUniverse, August 24, 2008
The key speakers at Convention are Mr KV Kamath, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank; Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group and Prof Dr Vijay Govindarajan, Professor, Tuck School & Chief Innovation Consultant at GE.
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20th AIMS Annual Convention: KV Kamath, Vijay Govindarajan, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Kishore Biyani to address theme 'Thought leadership in Management Education'
By Staff
MBAUniverse, August 24, 2008
Noted management guru and expert on Strategic Innovation Prof Dr Vijay Govindarajan, Professor, Tuck School & Chief Innovation Consultant at GE will deliver the Keynote Address.
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Independence Day Special: The Rise Of The Indian Thought-Leaders
By Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove
MBA Universe, August 14, 2008
Change is in the air. A new generation of thinkers and ideas is emerging from India.
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Innovation and the Inevitable Backlash
By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
DNA - Mumbai, August 14, 2008
If you want to innovate and generate breakthrough growth, you'd better do things differently.
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A Estratégia como criação do futuro (Strategy As Creating The Future)
By Staff
HSM, August 5, 2008
(In Portuguese) VG opened the first day of the World-wide Forum on Strategy for HSM.
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The Elite Eight
By Lindsay Holloway, June 2008
Is your infrastructure sound? Here are 8 factors that make a successful, emotionally bonded organization.
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Come Together
By Lindsay Holloway, June 2008
Strengthen your company's foundation by building your team's emotional bond.
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Dartmouth College: Dartmouth Alumnus begins new position as CEO of Hasbro toys
By Turia Lahlou, May 29, 2008
After working closely with VG for three years in Tuck's Executive Education Program, Brian Goldner has accepted a new role as CEO of Hasbro.
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CFO in focus, May 2008
By Staff, May 23, 2008
A monthly round-up of noteworthy articles published on, a source of news and insight for senior finance executives.
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In charge at Hasbro
By Paul Grimaldi (Rhode Island news, May 18, 2008
VG is interviewed about Brian Goldner becoming Hasbro's new CEO.
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2nd Edition of The Quest for Global Dominance: Transforming Global Presence into Global Competitive Advantage Now Available
By Staff
Business Wire, April 29, 2008
Research and Markets has announced the addition of new Javelin Strategy & Research report: "The Quest for Global Dominance: Transforming Global Presence into Global Competitive Advantage, 2nd Edition" to their offering.
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Innovative organisation must have high tolerance for failure
By Dibeyendu Ganguly
The Economic Times, April 26, 2008
Everyone wants to try new ideas, everybody wants to be innovative. But at the end of it all, why do so few actually succeed? Why is innovation so difficult? the single greatest impediment to innovation in organisations is...
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10 Innovation Myths
By Vijay Govindarajan
Business Today, March 31, 2008
Because it is so hard to manage, innovation comes with more than its fair share of myths. Companies must break free of such misconceptions if they are to become strategic innovators.
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The ties that bind
By Vijay Dandige
Kjaleej Times (City Times), March 10, 2008
HOW DO you build a great, long-lasting company where the leader knows how to create a sense of loyalty and passion in their employees?
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Innovation starts with forgetting
The Hindu, February 25, 2008
Think differently and think out of the box, says management guru Vijay Govindarajan, professor in residence, General Electric, U.S.
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CEO's Who Inspire--And How They Do It
By Tara Weiss
Forbes, February 22, 2008
John Deere. eBay. Johnson & Johnson. Disparate companies with one critical element in common:...
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Innovation guru on call
By Staff
Business Today, February 10, 2008
VG has begun his new role in educating GE's top 600 executives on innovation.
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10 myths about innovation
By Neelima Mahajan-Bansal
Times India, February 5, 2008
A host of companies have had a successful stab at the I word. But that doesn’t mean that you too should do it their way
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Parthenon to set up Asia HQ in Mumbai
By Satish John
DNA (Daily News & Analysis), January 31, 2008
The Parthenon group, the US-based boutique management advisory firm, is setting up its Asian headquarters in the city.
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‘Planned opportunism’ is about responding to chance events
By D. Murali and N.S. Vageesh
The Hindu, January 27, 2008
Planned opportunism. What is that? Look at your careers! Fundamental changes have happened because of chance events. Life always changes because of chance events. But how you respond to a chance event is anything but chance. on innovation.
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Defining innovation is easy, teaching it is a tougher challenge
By Steve Coomber
Times Online (UK), January 23, 2008
It's not easy getting to the bottom of such a notoriously nebulous business concept. VG talks about teaching innovation in B-Schools.
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The Management Thinkers Hall of Fame
By Des Dearlove & Stuart Crainer
Times of India, November 13, 2007
If 2007 is the year of the strategists, it also sees the rise of the Indian thinkers. Assembling the 50.
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Dartmouth Business School Professor And Author Talks About the 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators
By Elizabeth M. Ferrarini
Times of India, December 11, 2007
The BTM Institute recently sat down with Professor Govdindarajan to learn more about his strategic innovation model and to get his views on other types of innovation.
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Indian brain to guide GE's innovation drive
By Staff
Times of India, October 01, 2007
VG will soon join General Electric (GE) as professor in Residence and chief innovation consultant to help the company advance its innovation agenda.
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The Rise Of The Indian Thought-Leaders
By Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove
The Hindu, August 14, 2007
VG has been identified as part of a new generation of thinkers.
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‘We need ambidextrous leaders who can manage efficiency and innovation’
By D. Murali, C. Ramesh
The Hindu, June 22, 2007
VG has identified five barriers that prevent large established companies from engaging in breakthrough innovations.
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It ain't just about blockbusters
By Neelima Mahajan
The Times of India, June 12, 2007
VG talks about sustaining big growth with something he calls ‘adjacency innovation'. It's devastatingly simple.
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At 3M, A Struggle Between Efficiency And Creativity
By Brian Hindo
Business Week, June 11, 2007
VG talks about the downside of total quality management.
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Corporate Coach Stakes His Paycheck on Ability to Rejuvenate Clients
By Pat Broderick
San Diego Business Journal, May 28, 2007
Alliant School was Renamed in Honor of Success By Teacher Of ‘Human Side of Business’ Marshal Goldsmith. VG lended his support by sharing and encouraging his and Marshall Goldsmith's philosophy on business.
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B-School Beach Reading
By Francesca Di Meglio
Business Week, May 28, 2007
Read why Tuck student Yvan Baker thinks the book 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution should be on the top of any business students beach reading list.
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Indian cricket, Olympic high jump
By D. Murali
Business Line, April 12, 2007
Lack of marquee players and emphasis on the best interests of the team over individual accomplishments; strong work ethic, intelligence and high level of preparation for games; versatile players, able to play multiple positions; and multiple ...
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Remember to Forget, Borrow, and Learn
By Marshall Goldsmith
Business Week, March 28, 2007
Remember to Forget, Borrow, and Learn: that's the formula for innovation offered by the Tuck School's Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, a world authority on the subject.
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Building the board
By Staff
Economic Times of India, March 02, 2007
Vijay, and NRI's, are beginning to change Boardrooms all over the world. A recent study shows that corporate boards have begun to think strategically about the backgrounds and expertise they need in their board rooms in order to keep pace with the changing demands of the marketplace.
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The Right Way To Shake Up a Company
By Susan Berfield
BusinessWeek, February 12, 2007
Vijay, and other experts, offer a few words of wisdom for for all those seeking change within their company.
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'Empower the marginalised'
By R. Gopalakrishnan
The Hindu - Chennai, January 22, 2007
Vijay shares his thoughts on the correlation between India's poverty and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
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Big-box retail a huge plus
By D. Murali
The Hindu Business, December 28, 2006
D. Murali engages VG in a Question & Answer session regarding how important the Big-Box retail is for both consumers and manufacturers.
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Karma Capitalism
By Pete Engardio
BusinessWeek, October 30, 2006
Times have changed since Gordon Gekko quoted Sun Tzu in the 1987 movie Wall Street. Has the Bhagavad Gita replaced The Art of War as the hip new ancient Eastern management text?
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Corporate America swears by the Gita
By Chidanand Rajghatta
Times of India, October 25, 2006
Corporate America is embracing Indian philosophy in a big way. Article written in regards to the BusinessWeek article on Karma Capitalism.
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The Mahatma as a management guru
By Sulekha Nair
The Financial Express, October 1, 2006
On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, CEOs reaffirm faith in his business leadership skills.
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Thinking Beyond Cost Cuts and Margins
By Vijay Govindarajan
Times Of India Mumbai, August 29, 2006
VG tries to explain how the concept of strategy is ever changing by using the evolution of the High Jump event in Track and Field.
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MNCs look up to India, Inc. for success tips - Learning Ground
By Vikas Kumar
The Economic Times, May 26, 2006
This article talks about VG and Tuck's Global 2020 program.

The Art of Motivation
By Staff
BusinessWeek, May 1, 2006
What you can learn from a company that treats workers like owners. Inside the surprising performance culture of steelmaker Nucor.
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Congrats VG!
By Staff
AccountSpeak, April 8, 2006
This article gives a brief insight to VG's article Organizational DNA for Strategic Innovation. (co-authored with Chris Trimble).
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Dartmouth professor: India is world's economic model
By Warren Johnston
Concord Monitor, Mar 26, 2006
VG talks about how India is poised to become a world economic power.
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'Forget, borrow, learn'
By Vinay Kamath
Business Line, Mar 27, 2006
Excerpts from an interview VG gave to The New Manager.
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Negatives that can slow down China's growth momentum
By R. Gopalakrishnan
The Hindu, Mar 20, 2006
VG describes why India represents a chaotic surface of a stable democracy, while China is a case of stability on surface and chaos at the foundation.
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Innovate, Yes--But Where?
By Rich Karlgaard
Forbes, Mar 13, 2006
Rich Karlgaard mentions, VG & Chris's book Ten Rules For Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution as a recommended book in his most recent column.
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Organizational DNA for Strategic Innovation
By VG & Chris Trimble
California Management Review, Spring 2005
"Winner of the 2006 Accenture Award"
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Achieving Breakthrough Growth
By VG & Chris Trimble
CriticalEye Review, Issue 14 - 2006
VG & Chris write about how the ups and downs and the use of trial and error helped New York Times Digital find its place in the industry.

Published in Issue 14 of CriticalEYE REVIEW: The Journal of Europe’s Centre for Business Leaders

How Forgetting Leads to Innovation
By VG & Chris Trimble
Chief Executive Magazine, March 2006
VG & Chris write about how being able to create new lines of business from within, companies must rethink their old practices.
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INNOVATION: The Key to Growth
By Amit Bapna
USP-Age, February 2006
In an interview with Amit, VG talks about strategic innovation, the method for achieving it and its relevance to companies and brands in both, the developed and the developing economies
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Business Daily Series
NECN (New England Cable News), February 2006
VG is interviewed on "How do companies foster experimentation?"
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Review of "Achieving Breakthrough Growth: From Idea to Execution", February 28, 2006, the knowledge network of business thought leadership, recently reviewed the center's newest publication "Achieving Breakthrough Growth: From Idea to Execution" (By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, Ivey Business Journal, Januayr/February 2006).
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Tuck seeks to boost Indian enrollment
By Hillary Wool
The Dartmouth, February 15, 2006
Read about how Dean Danos and VG travel through India to try and boost Indian enrollment.
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A good idea
By Staff
Business India, February 12, 2006
A brief write-up of VG's 10 Rules book launch.

'It is not enough to excel in services'
By Sumit Gulati
The Economic Times (Mumbai/Chennai/New Delhi), February 06, 2006
VG Spoke to Sumit on the strategies India Inc. needs to come up with to compete in a global world,

Getting a taste of Indian village life
By Vinay Kamath and D. Murali
The Hindu Business Line (Mumbai/Chennai), February 06, 2006
See how VG & Tucks Global Leadership 20/20 programme challenged 50 high potential executives to understand an Indian village at close quarters.
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"To succeed one must innovate"
By Banasree Purkayastha
Financial Express (Mumbai/Chennai/New Delhi), February 05, 2006
As VG tours through India to promote his book, he shares his insight and ideas to improve Indian Companies.
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Attention! Innovators
By Rinku Gupta
Economic Times - MadrasPlus (Chennai), February 04, 2006
VG talks about his hopes for India and the steps needed for the future.
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The Making of A Strategist
By Subroto Bagchi
The Times of India - Mumbai, February 03, 2006
Subroto talks briefly about the life of VG and how he became the person today.

First, Forget What Works
By Edward Teach
CFO Magazine, February 01, 2006
Interview with VG & Chris Trimble. The success of an innovative new business may depend on forgetting what makes the core business tick.
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Guru Interviews -
Interview with VG & Chris Trimble

By Alistair Craven
ManagementFirst, January 2006
ManagementFirst's FeatureOfTheMonth! Read and get an indepth visual of the making of the book "10 Rules For Strategic Innovators: Idea to Execution".
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A Handbook for Strategic Innovators
By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
Business Today, January 2006
A Handbook for Strategic Innovators. Breakthrough ideas don't always lead to breakthrough growth. Why? In their new book, Tuck School's Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble offer some answers..
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Strategy for success
By Prince Frederick
The Hindu - Metro Plus (Chennai), January 30, 2006
VG talks about his life, his ideas and his book Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators.
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It's stupid to restrict B-schools from going abroad
By Subir Roy
Business Standard (Chennai/New Delhi), January 27, 2006
VG answers questions from Subir on why B-schools must shop abroad.
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Vijay Govindarajan addresses at BT Knowledge Forum
By Staff, January 24, 2006
VG promotes his new book during the Business Today Knowledge Management Forum at Delhi, India
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World's Top Biz Guru on Innovation
By Preetee Brahmbhatt
Rediff India Aborad, January 18, 2006
It is the launch of his latest book Ten Rules For Strategic Innovators - From Idea To Execution, and they know he'll say something they can take back and use.

The professor doesn't disappoint.
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'Strategy is obsolete the day you create it'
By Nandini Lakshman
DNA - Mumbai, January 18, 2006
VG speaks to Nandini on strategy, core competencies and more.
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Gaining insight from gleaming teeth
By Nandini Lakshman
DNA - Mumbai, January 18, 2006
VG talks about the purpose of introducing more than 50 top American executives to Indian villages.

What Will It Take To Become a Nation of Innovators?
By Vijay Govindarajan
BusinessToday, January 15, 2006
India has made momentous progress over the last 10 years, but it has done so primarily by reverse engineering products introduced in the West, imitating solutions invented elsewhere, and being a low-cost outsourcing hub. If the country is going to continue to grow, it will have to...
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Capacity for innovation is the product of creativity and execution
By Staff
The Hindu Business Line, December 2005
How to build a breakthrough business within a profitable one? Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble answer this question
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A Question & Answer session with VG
By Neelima Mahajan
Printed in The Times of India, Mumbai, December 2005
It is hard to let go of the trusted way of doing things. Most companies think what worked well in the past will be a source of success in the future as well. But more often than not, that does not happen. VG offers possible answers to these questions and more...
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Idea to Reality - Interview with VG
By Diane Brady
Businessweek Online, December 2005
Listen as VG talks about how to turn innovative ideas into reality.
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Four Indians among 50 top management gurus
By Neelima Mahajan
The Times of India (Mumbai), December 03, 2005
VG explains why most companies stumble in executing breakthrough innovation.
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Indian Druckers
By Staff
Business Standard (Mumbai), December 15, 2005
VG is mentioned as being one of 4 Indians ranked by the Thinkers 50 2005.
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The most influential management gurus
By Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer
The London Times, December 1, 2005
The Thinkers 50 ranking is based on the votes of 1,200 business people, consultants, academics, MBA students and visitors to the project’s website. Learn how VG, ranked 30th, made "The Thinkers 50" - a list of the 2005 world's most important and influential business thinkers.
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Three-Box Thinking
By John Shanahan
Authority on Jewelry Manufacturing, August, 2005
If asked to apply the word "innovation" to the jewelry industry, most responses would likely include things such as laser welders, CAD/CAM, and other computer-driven technologies. VG recently sat down with AJM and discussed innovation and how it can be applied in the jewelry industry.

Americas: Indian Biz Whizzes Generate US Fizz
By Chidanand Rajghatta
The Times of India, August 23, 2005
Step aside Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and Edward De Bono. Make way for C.K.Prahalad, Ram Charan, Vijay Govindarajan and others from the Bharatiya Business brigade. Indian management gurus are gaining growing clout in the United States, making inroads on turf controlled for nearly a century by Americans, an influential boardroom journal is reporting this month. And with rising Indian enrollment in MBA program across the world, it says this power will only increase.
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The Indians Are Coming
By Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove
Across The Board, July/August 2005
How management thinkers from India are changing the face of American business.
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Master Mind
By Ishani Duttagupta
The Economic Times (Mumbai/Chennai)/Bangalore), July 18, 2005
"The influence of Indians on American and European business schools as well as on the management practice in the western world is phenomenal. Indian students are the most dominant group at INSEAD, IMD, and Barcelona Business School, all three schools in Europe. We see the same trend in the US. The thought leadership of Indians is having a very major influence on the field of management--both in academics as well as on practice," says Govindarajan in a recent interview with the Economic Times.

Govindarajan's Mantra for Success Features in Harvard Business Review
News India-Times, July 8, 2005
In order to succeed, new ventures launched by established organizations must surmount three distinct challenges: they must be able to forget, borrow, and learn.

Tuck Research on Strategic Business Experiments Featured in Harvard Business Review
Contact: Kim Keating
July 1, 2005
"New research from Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble at the Center for Global Leadership was recently featured in the lead article of the Harvard Business Review. As organizations embark on strategic business experiments, understanding the concepts of forgetting, borrowing, and learning (and how they are related) is critical.
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IIM Grads Take US B-Schools by Storm
By Vinod Mahanta & Bhanu Pande
Economic Times, June 28, 2005
Why are IIM alumni taking over American management education? According to Professor Vijay Govindarajan, an IIM alumnus, "First, IIMs select the very best from India...Second, the education at IIM is top notch."

A Global Perspective
By Sarwar A. Kashmeri
The Valley News, June 5, 2005
Nationally recognized Tuck professor urges a broad world view, "Your competition is not the student sitting next to you, it is your counterpart in Hyderabad...Today's competition for talent is global, and there are billions of people in the rapidly developing countries of the world."

Ghoshal inspires new generation; MBA World
By Des Dearlove
The Times of London, June 2, 2005
A group of Indian-influenced thinkers are emerging with a new approach to business and management, says Des Dearlove. They include Ram Charan, formerly at Harvard and now one of the world's most sought-after executive coaches; C. K. Prahalad, co- author of the bestselling Competing for the Future; Nobel laureate in economics, Amartya Sen; and Vijay Govindarajan, professor of international business at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.
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A Master Professor; Passing Through: Vijay Govindarajan
By Barkha Shah
Business Standard, March 3, 2005
Tuck professor Vijay Govindarajan, who was in Hyderabad some time ago to handle Tuck's global leadership 2020 program, charts out the roadmap for India to become a global super power. "India is a huge market for all kinds of products. So, a lot of corporates can do good business here," he says. "Students over here are way ahead of their counterparts in other countries in the fields of science and technology," Govindarajan says.
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Sunny? Cloudy? A Weather Eye on Business Climate
By Sarwar A. Kashmeri
Valley News, February 13, 2005
This is the first in a new series of twice-monthly columns that will explore the Upper Valley's "business climate," focusing on the issues and conditions affecting the region's economic health. Tuck professor Vijay Govindarajan says we now live in an era of constant change, driven by the dynamic forces of technology, globalization, the Internet, changing demographics and shifting customer preferences. As a result, companies find that their strategies need almost constant definition.
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Head of the Class
By Ann Pomeroy
HR Magazine, January 2005
With a customized executive education program, Hasbro is developing its future and current leaders by infusing skills and knowledge at the top ranks in partnership with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Tuck professor Vijay Govindarajan, who serves as faculty director for the Hasbro program, worked closely with the Hasbro team to develop a Hasbro-specific curriculum. After identifying Hasbro's "skill gaps"--they planned five modules for the curriculum: global strategy and competitive advantage; personal leadership; brand building; emerging markets; and ethics.
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Lessons from India
Business Today, January 30, 2005
During a recent trip to India, Vijay Govindarajan was profiled in Business Today. '...Vijay Govindarajan will be bringing some 50 visitors to India, "to expose them to the true marketing potential in India." VG's argument, "If their products for India succeed, they would succeed globally, even in their own countries."'

H'bad Plays Classroom to Future Global CEOs
By J Padmapriya
The Economic Times, January 19, 2005
Why bring high-potential executives to India as part of an executive education program? Vijay Govindarajan explains, "Global business is not business as usual. A market like India is a paradox and it is not homogenous. While it offers a mega opportunity, it also has its share of hassles...from bureaucracy to infrastructure bottle-necks to culture, language and food. The idea is open up their minds so that they can operate in a global environment."
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YSR Expects Good Returns From Projects
The Hindu, January 17, 2005
As part of a panel speaking to 35 executives participating in the Global Leadership 2020 program, Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy addressed several issues relevant to the fast-growing environment in Hyderabad. Other panelists included, faculty director, Vijay Govindarajan, and Infrastructure Panel of CII, Y. Harish Chandra Prasad.
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More Than Indian Inc.
By M. Dinesh Varma
The Hindu, January 17, 2005
On a recent trip to Chennai on the invitation of the BPO firm, Lason India, Tuck professor Vijay Govindarajan discussed how "all companies cope with what he calls the three boxes-the first involving managing the present, the second selectively abandoning the past and third creating the future." VG deconstructs strategy as "dealing with the second and third boxes without losing focus of the first. Given the rapid pace of change, companies need to plan short-term actions within the framework of a broader long-term vision."

The BPO Industry Has to Drastically Transform Itself
By Shabanahussain
The Financial Express, January 15, 2005
Tuck professor Vijay Govindarajan was in Chennai recently to conduct a session on the Global BPO Vision. "The Indian business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, which has seen good times so far, might have to drastically rethink its business strategy to sustain the present level of growth," opines Govindarajan.
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We Have to Find Ways to Break Up Audit Firms
By D. Murali and Sriram Srinivasan
Excerpt from The Hindu Business Line, January 13, 2005
It is the in-thing to think 'out of the box'. But Vijay Govindarajan takes us into not one but three boxes. Which is how he began the hour-long chat with us a few days ago when we met VG, as he is called, in a Chennai IT company. VG believes that everything a company does can be slotted into three boxes. The first box is the present, which includes all that most companies do. Second is to 'selectively forget' the past. And third, 'create the future'.
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Efficiency vs. Entrepreneurship
By Vijay Govindarajan (Guest Columnist), August 3, 2004
"Corporations are designed for efficiency, not entrepreneurship" says Vijay Govindarajan, a guest columnist for, "Managers achieve efficiency through planning."
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Audio Interview with Vijay Govindarajan
with Andy O'Bryan, May 2004
VG recently sat down with AudioMotivation and discussed his insights into strategic innovation.
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Change Can't Just Scratch the Surface
By Steven Pearlstein
The Washington Post, May 5, 2004
National Public Radio recently announced that they were replacing Bob Edwards as host of "Morning Edition" after 25 years. The decision--difficult as it was for them personally and in terms of negative listener reaction--was supported by a good deal of recent management research. "Competence creates rigidity," explained Govindarajan. "Successful enterprises," he said, "not only have a hard time "selectively forgetting" about the things that created their last success, but they tend to develop cultures that resist the learning and experimentation."

A Prescription for Risk
By Manjari Raman
Business Standard, March 23, 2004
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories LImited is an emerging global pharmaceutical company based in Hyderabad, India. Tuck professor Vijay Govindarajan and Dr. Reddy's CEO G.V. Prasad were brought together to discuss Dr. Reddy's Laboratories' discovery-led globalisation strategy. Can the company make the cultural transformations critical for moving up the value chain?

Give me a C-O-A-C-H!
By Marci Mcdonald
U.S. News, February 16, 2004
Over the past five years, executive coaching has mushroomed from a sideline on the motivational and consulting circuits to an expected perk in virtually every executive suite. Some coaches, like Tuck Professor Vijay Govindarajan, specialize in strategizing, while others, like Boston coach Dan Ciampa, focus on merging clashing corporate cultures. But at a time when globalization makes the delegation of authority de rigueur and corporate governance scandals abound, both boards and shareholders are increasingly obsessed with leadership development.
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Review of "Strategic Innovation and the Science of Learning", January 1, 2004, the knowledge network of business thought leadership, recently reviewed the center's newest publication "Strategic Innovation and the Science of Learning" (By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, MIT Sloan Management Review, Winter 2004).
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When I say work, I mean work
By Betsy Streisand
BUSINESS 2.0, January 30, 2004
The ideal life coach is an expert listener and strategist who draws your goals out of you and then holds you to them. A life coach won't improve your relationship with a teenage daughter or act as a management consultant. "We are concerned with questions, not answers," says Vijay Govindarajan, a professor of international business at the Tuck School of Business and an executive coach who's worked with brass at IBM, Pitney Bowes, and Hewlett-Packard. "There are no white papers delivered at the end of the day."
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The State of Globalization
By Omar Sacirbey
The Valley News, December 21, 2003
"Globalization is an irreversible trend, largely because of technology," says Vijay Govindarajan. He adds that U.S. companies can't afford to ignore the global marketplace, and should be ready to deal with terrorism and the profound implications it can have on business. Another important force to be aware of is the huge emergence of the consumer segment in India and China, which makes up about 50 percent of the consumer population. He remains optimistic about U.S. corporations for the simple reason that, "We are an open, flexible, market-oriented, risk-taking economy."

Profiles in Coaching
Edited by Howard Morgan, Phil Harkins & Marshall Goldsmith
Vijay Govindarajan was recently named one of the top ten thought leaders in strategy coaching, "Strategy issues are far too complex for any one person to solve. CEOs need a multidisciplinary kind of team to manage them. One of the skills that a strategy coach brings is facilitation across the top management team."
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India Amidst the Changing Face of Asia
By Devi Yesodharan
The Economic Times, November 7, 2003
During a recent trip to India, Vijay Govindarajan was interviewed by The Economic Times. He discussed in great detail the changing face of Asia and outlined where India needs to guard its flanks.
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Cult of Personality
By Michael Freedman
Forbes, October 13, 2003
Vijay Govindarajan was recently listed as one of the top five most respected executive coaches in strategy by Forbes magazine. Govindarajan teaches executives how to "prepare for tomorrow's business realities." His clients include Standard & Poor's and Pitney Bowes.
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Cap on High-Tech Visas a Worry
By Omar Sacirbey
The Valley News, October 5, 2003
"One of the great things about the U.S. is its willingness to accept talent from anywhere in the world, and give them the same opportunities you give to the local person," said Vijay Govindarajan in a recent interview on Congress' decision to put a cap on high-tech visas.

Bidder Picked in Iraq; Sign Points to JPM
By Robert Julavits
Excerpt from American Banker, August 28, 2003
The Trade Bank of Iraq is being created to help facilitate commerce by working with commercial banks and businesses to bolster confidence between trading partners and put Iraq's economy back on track.

Vijay Govindarajan, the director of the Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, said the sooner banks establish roots in the country, the better. There is clear advantage of being there first "when the economy is completely destroyed and needs to be built back up," he said. "The company that builds its presence when the economy is about to take off is the one that is prepared" to profit from the situation.

Thinking Global, Acting Global
By Manjari Raman
Indian Management, August 2003
In an extended conversation about global competitiveness Vijay Govindarajan told Manjari Raman of Indian Management that there is a huge difference between a global presence and a global mindset. Companies like Infosys and Wipro have a global presence, but are not quite there in terms of developing a global competitive advantage.

Organisations and Their Right `Boxes'
By Sriram Srinivasan
Excerpt from The Hindu, February 2003
In the early 1990s, Encyclopaedia Britannica had to encounter the most unlikely rival - Microsoft. At that time, the software giant made a foray into the encyclopaedia market with CD ROMs, which not only sold cheaper than the printed ones but also broke the elitist tag associated with the product.

Needless to say, Encyclopaedia Britannica was caught unaware - a result of not being able to analyse future competition. Or, as Prof Vijay Govindarajan, a professor of international business in a US college, puts it: "They spent an awful lot of time in 'Box 1'." Confused? He explains: Everything an organisation does can be explained in terms of three boxes - managing the present (Box 1), selectively forgetting the past (Box 2), and creating the future (Box 3) - and Encyclopaedia Britannica did not do much with regard to the other two boxes.
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What'll Be Engine When Consumer Loans Stall?
By Robert Julavits
Excerpt from American Banker, February 2003
From large-cap firms to regionals, banking companies shrugged off last year's stumbling economy and found relief in consumers' insatiable appetite for debt.

Signs of trouble have started to sprout in consumer banking, however, including rising mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures and problems with credit card payments.

Several economists say a looming confrontation with Iraq is dampening the possibility of an economic rebound. Vijay Govindarajan, the director of the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, said the general uncertainty surrounding military action is stopping companies from making major spending, hiring, or strategy decisions. "And when there is such uncertainty, people and companies will put off the nonessential spending."

Yanking the Welcome Mat for Foreign MBAs
By Brian Hindo
Excerpt from BusinessWeek December 2002
In the 1990s, international students became the fastest-growing pool of prospective MBA students, helping push total applications to record highs in 2001. Suddenly, foreign MBA students face big obstacles in the U.S. The weak economy coupled with a looming drop in the availability of H-1B work visas, is taking it's toll. International enrollment at BusinessWeek's Top 30 schools slipped from 32% in 2000 to 30% in 2002 and is estimated to go lower yet in 2004.

"What is that going to do 10 years from now to the talent pool?" asks Vijay Govindarajan, strategy professor at the Tuck School. B-school deans across the country are crossing their fingers for an economic turnaround. Otherwise, they'll watch a decade's worth of recruiting foreign students evaporate. "If this happens, we are the losers," says Govindarajan. It would be a setback felt around the world.
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On Underdeveloped Global Markets
Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, 2003 Programs
...Overseas ventures fail when companies apply existing business models to underdeveloped markets. "Just because an $18,000 car or a 16-ounce bottle of shampoo sells well in the U.S. or Japan doesn't mean it will sell well in India." VG recommends looking for ways to use technology to make inroads in a new marketplace—and then weaving these lessons back into the company to improve profitability in primary markets.
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Not All Profits Are Equal
By Chris Trimble and Vijay Govindarajan
Across the Board, September/October 2002
Does the pursuit of profit raise living standards for all or does it serve selfish greed and ultimately undermine social justice? The authors offer a common-sense, middle ground framework that identifies three categories of profit: social profits, neutral profits, and debatable profits.
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Globalization's Unheralded Core: Corporate Investment
By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
Tuck Today, Summer 2002
Since September 11th, the elimination of poverty through economic development has increasingly been viewed as not simply humanitarian but also as a critical driver of our prospects for peace. That's because it is easiest for terrorists to recruit very poor, desperate people—those who have so little that they are willing to give up this life for the next. Ironically, while the perceived need for economic growth has increased, private investment in the developing world has fallen...
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Toolbox - Give Them A Stage
By Julie Sloan
Excerpt from Fortune Small Business, July 2002
Searching for ways to help your top performers become stars? How to nurture your best and brightest?

Give them a stage. Vijay Govindarajan of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business suggests giving junior execs a pool of capital for small-scale experimentation. By handing over scarce funds, you're telling your future stars that you respect their ideas. Even if those ideas fail, you gain a window into how they think.
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