Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw

A top global thinker in the field of Management
Julian is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at the London Business School. During his academic career he achieved a PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.

Professor Birkinshaw's main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large multinational corporations, and on such specific issues as subsidiary-headquarters relationships, corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, the changing role of the corporate HQ, organisation design, and knowledge management.

He is the author of fourteen books, including Fast/Forward (2017), Becoming a Better Boss (2013), Reinventing Management (2010), Giant Steps in Management (2007), Inventuring: Why Big Companies Must Think Small (2003), and Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (2001), and over eighty articles. He is active as a consultant and executive educator to many large companies, including Arup, Rio Tinto, SAP, ABN AMRO, GSK, ABB, Ericsson, Kone, Exxon, WPP, Bombardier, Sara Lee, HSBC, Akzo Nobel, Roche, Thyssen Krupp, UBS, PWC, Coloplast, Tata Group, HCL Technologies, GE, BBC and Novo Nordisk.

Professor Birkinshaw was ranked 43 rd in the 2015 Thinkers 50 list of the top global thinkers in the field of Management. He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week and The Times. He speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.
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BUILDING ORGANISATIONS FIT FOR THE FUTURE / ACHIEIVING STRATEGIC AGILITY / REINVENTING MANAGEMENT

Most large companies today operate according to an industrial-era logic of standardised rules, top-down accountability and narrow performance measures. In this talk, Julian Birkinshaw shows how we can challenge these principles and develop new ways of working that enable innovation, agility and employee engagement.
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INNOVATION: CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH NEW IDEAS CAN FLOURISH

To succeed in todays fast-paced world, innovation is a key strategic imperative. In this talk, Julian Birkinsaw describes the key principles of innovation, and also the practical steps companies can take to put these principles into action.
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NEW SOURCES OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN THE POST-KNOWLEDGE ERA

We live in the knowledge era, where the capacity to manage information and knowledge is what marks out successful companies from also-rans. But what does the future hold? What happens as information and knowledge become shared and commoditised? In this talk, Julian Birkinshaw describes his thoughts about the sources of advantage in the post-knowledge era, and how companies will need to organise and manage themselves to address these sources of advantage.
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BECOMING A BETTER BOSS

Most of us have a sense of what good management looks like it is about developing clear objectives, providing space and support for employees, and giving them praise and encouragement along the way. But there is a big gap between the rhetoric and the reality of good management. In this talk, Julian Birkinshaw provides a new way of thinking about these issues, and provides practical advice on how we can all become more effective as bosses of others.

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