Julian Birkinshaw is Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. He has 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 twelve books, including Becoming a Better Boss (2013), Reinventing Management (2010), Giant Steps in Management (2007), Inventuring: Why Big Companies Must Think Small (2003), andEntrepreneurship 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.
Included in the 2013 “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. Professor Birkinshaw is co-founder with bestselling author Gary Hamel of the Management Innovation Lab (MLab), a unique partnership between academia and business that is seeking to accelerate the evolution of management.
Professor Birkinshaw speaks on a variety of issues concerned with strategy, innovation, change and leadership in companies today. Current topics include:
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.
Innovation: Creating an environment in which new ideas can flourish. To succeed in today’s 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.
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.
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.