Tuck professor elected as Fellow of Strategic Management Society

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—October 30, 2009

CONTACT:Kim Keating, 603-646-2733

HANOVER, N.H.—Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and General Electric's Chief Innovation Consultant, has been elected a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). This honor is given to a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of strategy. Members include corporate planning executives from Fortune 1000 global corporations and partners from strategy consulting firms. SMS is the largest and most prestigious association of academic scholars in management.

Only 44 individuals have been granted the honor of SMS Fellow, including Tuck professors Constance Helfat and Margaret Peteraf. Helfat is Tuck's J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy, with current research topics including firm capabilities, innovation and knowledge management, strategic change, and women executives. Peteraf is Tuck’s Leon E. Williams Professor of Management, with current research topics including resource-based theory, dynamic capabilities, and organizational change.

The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research, Govindarajan was inducted into theAcademy of Management Journal's hall of fame in 2000, and his paper, "Business Unit Strategy, Managerial Characteristics, and Business Unit Effectiveness at Strategy Implementation" was recognized as top ten most-often cited articles in the 40-year history of the AMJ. He was also ranked by Management International Review as one of the Top 20 North American Superstars for research in strategy and organization.

Additionally, Govindarajan works with CEOs and top management teams in Fortune 1000 corporations to discuss and challenge their thinking about strategy. He is the co-author of the best selling book,Ten Rules For Strategic Innovators: From Idea To Execution, which has been rated byThe Wall Street Journalas a top 10 recommended read.

"Tuck is proud to have three professors elected into such a prominent and elite group of academics," says Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School. "It is a great achievement for the school, and the commitment shown by these scholars to their groundbreaking research has changed the face of strategy."

Govindarajan delivered the keynote address at the annual SMS meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 13. He presented his three box framework for thinking about strategy and innovation, which he has used to guide his research over the past 30 years. Box 1 is about competing in the present and improving efficiency in core business. Box 2 is about selectively forgetting the past. Box 3 is about creating the future. His research has focused on how companies can create the future while managing the present. Over the years, Govindarajan's work has influenced the behavior of major thinkers and CEOs, and had an impact on how companies have been managed.

Founded in 1900, Tuck is the first graduate school of management in the country and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck remains distinctive among the world's great business schools by combining human scale with global reach, rigorous coursework with experiences requiring teamwork, and valued traditions with innovation.

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