Upcoming Management Gurus

If you know of Highly Skilled speakers, trainers, consultants and thought leaders in the Management field, please nominate them

SENAPATHY GOPALAKRISHNAN

Senapathy Gopalakrishnan ologies, a global consulting and IT services company based in India. Kris is the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry CII National Council and on the Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Management IIM Bangalore as well.Formerly he was the chairman of the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore India. Also he is the vice chairman of the Board for Information Technology Education Standards BITES set up by the government of Karnataka. In 1981 Gopalakrishnan along with his six other entrepreneurs co-founded Infosys. On 5 April 2013 he was elected as the president of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry CII for the year 2013 14.As recognition of his business contribution for Indian society the government honored him with Padma Bhushan award. Occasionally he speaks for young entrepreneurs with a view to developing them as management professionals.

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CHARLES HANDY

Charles Handy is an Irish author and philosopher specialising in organisationalbehaviour and management. Handy began his career as an employee of Royal Dutch Shell an Anglo Dutch oil company. He was given assignment of a drilling operation in the jungles of Borneo where he made mistakes and was given a chance to redeem himself. Handys subsequent written work has almost always been a search for ways in which companies can go beyond the pure pursuit of profit. He authored a book The Gods of Management wherein he identified four different management cultures which he likened to four Greek gods Apollo Athena Dionysus and Zeus His vivid use of metaphor and his accessible writing style have made his books extremely popular. Due to his rigorous working life in Britain Handy became the country’s leading management spokesperson. Handys main interest was organisations and his message was that they are not machines that can be neatly designed mapped measured and controlled.

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RITA GUNTHER MCGRATH

Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is a globally recognized expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. Her thinking is highly regarded by readers and clients who include Pearson, Covidien, Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Electric, Alliance Boots, and the World Economic Forum. She is a popular instructor, a sought-after speaker, and a consultant to senior leadership teams. She was recognized as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 in 2013, and won the award for outstanding achievement in the strategy category.

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HERMINIA IBARRA

Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. She is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment and Chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers50 ranked Ibarra #9 among the most influential business gurus in the world. Professor Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. Her book Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (Harvard Business School Press, 2003) documents how people reinvent themselves at work. Her numerous articles are published in leading journals including the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly , Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science. Her research has been profiled in a wide range of media including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. She teaches in a variety of INSEAD programs and consults internationally on talent management, leadership development, and women’s careers. A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

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PANKAJ GHEMAWAT

Pankaj Ghemawat is the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School and Global Professor of Management and Strategy at the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management. Between 1983 and 2008, he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where, in 1991, he became the youngest person in the school’s history to be appointed a full professor. Ghemawat was also the youngest “guru” included in the guide to the greatest management thinkers of all time published in 2008 by The Economist. Ghemawat’s books include Commitment, Games Businesses Play, Strategy and the Business Landscape and Redefining Global Strategy. IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano described the latter book as “an important strategic guidebook for leaders of the 21st century globally integrated enterprise… [with an] analytic framework that is both visionary and pragmatic – aware of the broader historic trajectories of globalization, but grounded in the real kinds of decisions business leaders have to make.”

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SYLVIA ANN HEWLETT

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, is the founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, and the founder of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC. The co-director of the Women’s Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association. An economist with 20 years of experience in global talent management, Hewlett has particularly focused on the “power of difference” and the challenges and opportunities faced by women, minorities and other previously excluded groups. She has forged a signature style of enquiry which blends hard data and rigorous analysis with concrete solutions and on-the-ground action. Hewlett is the author of 11 Harvard Business Review articles and 12 critically acclaimed books, including When the Bough Breaks (winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award); Off-Ramps and On-Ramps; Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets; Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (named one of the ten best business books of 2013 by the Globe and Mail); and Executive Presence (an Amazon “Best Book of the Month,” June 2014). In 2014 she was recognized as the Most Influential International Thinker by HR magazine and won the Google Global Diversity award. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times,

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RICHARD DAVENI

Richard Daveni is the Bakala Professor of Strategy at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. He is one of the foremost experts in the world on competitive strategy at multiple levels of competition: individuals, teams, corporations, militaries, governments, spheres of influence/alliances, and even competition between capitalist systems. He is the author of numerous articles in academic journals, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the MIT Sloan Management Review, as well as the best selling[citation needed] book Hyper-competition, which is available in 11 languages. He released Beating the Commodity Trap: How to Maximize Your Competitive Position and Increase Your Pricing Power in early 2010. He also wrote Strategic Supremacy, currently available in 4 languages. His writings are credited[citation needed] with creating a new paradigm in the field of strategic management based on temporary advantages employing principles of rapid and aggressive maneuvering and innovation rather than on defensive barriers to entry and power over buyers and suppliers.

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NIRMALYA KUMAR

Dr. Nirmalya Kumar is Professor of Marketing and Director of Aditya Birla India Centre at London Business School. He has previously taught at Harvard Business School, IMD (Switzerland) and Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management). As an author, Nirmalya has written six books, five of which are published by Harvard Business Press: Marketing as Strategy (2004), Private Label Strategy (2007), Value Merchants (2007), India’s Global Powerhouses (2009), and India Inside (2012). Brand Breakout, his latest book is published by Palgrave. Nirmalya is an outlier among marketing professors, having accomplished the rare feat of publishing six articles each in both the Journal of Marketing Research (the premier journal for marketing academics) and the Harvard Business Review (the premier journal for business practice). His publications have attracted more than 10,000 citations on Google Scholar.
As a consultant, coach, and conference speaker, Nirmalya has worked with more than 50 Fortune 500 companies in 60 different countries. He has served on several boards of directors, and is currently independent director on UltraTech Cements, a 10 billion dollar market cap firm.

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TERESA AMABILE

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also a Director of Research at the School. Originally educated and employed as a chemist, Dr. Amabile received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University in 1977. Her research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. Originally focusing on individual creativity, Dr. Amabile’s research expanded to encompass individual productivity, team creativity, and organizational innovation. This 35-year program of research on how the work environment can influence creativity and motivation yielded a theory of creativity and innovation; methods for assessing creativity, motivation, and the work environment; and a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating innovation. Dr. Amabile’s current research program focuses on the psychology of everyday work life: how events in the work environment influence subjective experience (“inner work life”) and performance (creativity, productivity, and commitment to the work).

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