Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan (born 18 November 1949), popularly known as VG, is the Coxe Distinguished Professor (a Dartmouth-wide chair) at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and Marvin Bower Fellow, 2015–16 at Harvard Business School. He is a Faculty Partner in the Silicon Valley Incubator Mach 49. He worked as General Electric's innovation consultant and professor in residence from 2008–10. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author and a two-time winner of the McKinsey Award for the best article published in Harvard Business Review. 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.  

Vijay Govindarajan
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Govindarajan in 2013
Born (1949-11-18) 18 November 1949 (age 71)
Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
NationalityUnited States
Alma materHarvard Business School (MBA, DBA)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
OccupationProfessor and consultant
Known forThree Box Solution
Reverse Innovation
Spouse(s)Kirthi (m. 1980)
AwardsFellow at the Strategic Management Society
Two-time winner of the McKinsey award for the best article published in Harvard Business Review


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 award is given to the first ranked chartered accountancy student in India.[1][2] Govindarajan went on to earn his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School 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.[1]


Govindarajan started his career as a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he served as an associate professor from 1978–80. From 1980 to 1985, Govindarajan served as a visiting associate professor at Harvard University and as an associate professor at Ohio State University.[2] In 1985, he joined the Tuck School of Business as a professor, where he has taught ever since. During his time at Tuck, Govindarajan has also served as a visiting professor at INSEAD's Fontainebleau campus and the International University of Japan.[2]

Govindarajan served as General Electric's first Chief Innovation Consultant and Professor in Residence from 2008–10. 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 workEdit

Govindarajan is the author of fourteen books and has published articles in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal.[3][4] In 2010, Govindarajan's article "Stop The Innovation Wars" received the second place prize for that year's McKinsey Awards.[5] His article "Engineering Reverse Innovations" won the McKinsey Award for the Best Article published in HBR in 2015.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • The Three Box Solution Playbook, HBR Press, April 2020.
  • "The Scary Truth About Corporate Survival," Harvard Business Review, December 2016.
  • "Planned Opportunism," Harvard Business Review, May 2016.
  • The Three Box Solution: A Strategy For Leading Innovation, HBR Press, April 2016.
  • "Engineering Reverse Innovation," Harvard Business Review, July-August 2016 (with Amos Winter). McKinsey Award for the Best HBR Article, First Place[6]
  • "Reverse Innovation Playbook," Harvard Business Review, April 2012.
  • "Reverse Innovation, Emerging Markets, and Global Strategy," Global Strategy Journal, 2011, pp. 191–205. Winner at the EUropean Business School's international competition
  • "How GE Is Disrupting Itself," Harvard Business Review, October 2009, 87(10), pp. 56–65 (with Jeffrey Immelt and Chris Trimble).


  1. ^ a b "Awards". Tuck School of Business. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Vijay Govindarajan". Tuck School of Business. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Top 10 B-school professors in the world". CNN Money. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Biography". Tuck School of Business. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Harvard Business Review's 52nd Annual McKinsey Awards". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Reverse innovation gets real: Announcing the McKinsey Award winners | McKinsey & Company". Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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