Vijay Govindarajan, known as VG, is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor
of International Business at the Tuck School of Business and founding
director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership. He is also the faculty
co-director for Global Leadership 2020, Tuck's executive education
program that focuses on global management and is taught on three
Govindarajan currently writes a column for FastCompany.com. His
articles have also appeared in journals such as Harvard Business Review,
strategy+business, California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management
Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Decision Sciences, and
Journal of Business Strategy. One of his papers, co-authored with
Professor Anil K. Gupta, was recognized as one of the ten most-often
cited articles in the entire 40-year history of Academy of Management
Journal. Govindarajan has published six books, including The Quest for
Global Dominance (co-authored with Anil K. Gupta,Jossey-Bass, 2001). He
is a popular keynote speaker and has been featured at such conferences
as the Business Week CEO Forum and The Economist Conference.
Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, Govindarajan was on the
faculties of the Ohio State University and the Indian Institute of
Management Ahmedabad. He has also served as a visiting professor at
Harvard Business School, INSEAD, the International University of Japan,
and Helsinki School of Economics. Govindarajan received his doctorate
and his MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. Prior to
this, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in India. He was awarded
the President's Gold Medal for his outstanding performance in obtaining
the first rank.
A new book coauthored by Professors Vijay Govindarajan and
Christopher Trimble, Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to
Execution was recently named named one of the strategy+business's Best
Business Books of 2006 in the Strategy category.
In a soon-to-be released study, "The Emotionally Bonded
Organization:Why Emotional Infrastructure Matters and How Leaders Can
Build It," Govindarajan and co-author Subroto Bagchi identify a critical
new asset in Fortune 500 companies known as Emotional Infrastructure.
Defined as the factors that motivate people to do their best for the
corporate good, emotional infrastructure is more difficult and
time-intensive to build than physical and intellectual
infrastructure—but it's also harder for a competitor to imitate.
Govindarajan recently took a leave of absence from Tuck and joined
General Electric (GE) as Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation
Consultant for one year.