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Julian Birkinshaw

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Chair, Strategy and Entrepreneurship Faculty

  • BSc (University of Durham), PhD and MBA (Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada)

Professor Julian Birkinshaw was ranked 39th in the 2013 Thinkers50 list of the top global management thinkers. His main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large corporations – specifically subsidiary-headquarters relationships, corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, the changing role of corporate headquarters, organisation design and knowledge management.

He is a Fellow of: the British Academy, the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and the Academy of International Business.

In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics. He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University (Canada), and a BSc from the University of Durham.

Professor Birkinshaw is the author of twelve books, including Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management and Giant Steps in Management, and over eighty articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Management Review.

He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, the BBC, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Businessweek and The Times.

Professor Birkinshaw speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. With Gary Hamel, he was co-founder of the Management Innovation Lab, a unique partnership between academia and business to accelerate the evolution of management.

2015

Key MBA Models

Birkinshaw J M; Mark K

2014

Debating the Future of Management Research

Birkinshaw JM; Healey M; Suddaby R; Webber K

Journal of Management Studies

Advancing interdisciplinary research: Insights from the JIBS special issue

Cheng JLC; Birkinshaw J; Lessard DR; Thomas DC

Journal of International Business Studies

Beware the Next Big Thing

Birkinshaw JM

Harvard Business Review

Purpose with Profits: How to make your Pro-Social Goals Pay

Birkinshaw JM; Foss NJ; Lindenberg S

Sloan Management Review

Choose your Friends Carefully

Prasantham S; J M Birkinshaw

Management International Review

Management Models and Business Models

Birkinshaw J M ; Ansari S

Corporate Venturing

Dushnitsky G; Birkinshaw J

Strategic Management Journal

How is Ambidexterity Initiated? Emergent versus Designed Processes

Zimmerman A; Raisch S; J M Birkinshaw

Organization Science

2013

Would your employees recommend you?

Birkinshaw J M

Sloan Management Review

Make time for the work that matters

Birkinshaw J M; Cohen J

Harvard Business Review

2012

Ambidexterity and survival in Corporate Venture Units

Hill S; Birkinshaw J

Journal of Management

Uncommon sense: how to turn your distinctive beliefs into action

Goddard J; Birkinshaw J; Eccles T

Sloan Management Review

Subsidiary Initiatives

Birkinshaw J M; Prasantham S

How global strategies emerge: an attention perspective

Bouquet C; Birkinshaw J

Global Strategy Journal

The five myths of innovation

Birkinshaw J

Sloan Management Review

2010

What are the consequences of initiative-taking in multinational subsidiaries?

Ambos T; Andersson U; Birkinshaw J M

Journal of International Business Studies

Putting organizational complexity in its place

Birkinshaw J M; Heywood S

McKinsey Quarterly

Getting a return on judgement

Birkinshaw J M; Jenkins H

Strategy and Business

Head

Ambos T C ; Birkinshaw J M

Management International Review

Too big to manage?

Birkinshaw J M; Heywood S

Sloan Management Review

Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions

Birkinshaw J M; Bresman H; Nobel R

Journal of International Business Studies

The Dynamics of Attention Markets in MNEs

Bouquet C; J M Birkinshaw

East European Business

Knowledge transfer in international aquisitions: A retrospective

Birkinshaw J M; Bresman H; Nobel R

Journal of International Business Research

International attention and multinational enterprise performance

Bouquet C; Morrison A; Birkinshaw J

Journal of International Business Studies

What is your management model?

Birkinshaw J; Goddard J

Sloan Management Review

2008

Dancing with gorillas

Birkinshaw J; Prasantham S

California Management Review

Management innovation

Birkinshaw J M; Hamel G; Mol M

Academy of Management Review

Organizational Ambidexterity: Antecedents, Outcomes, and Moderators

Birkinshaw J M; Raisch S

Journal of Management

When does university research get commercialised? Creating ambidexterity in research institutions

Makela T K; Cuikerman P D'este; Birkinshaw J M

Journal of Management Studies

Weight versus Voice: How foreign subsidiaries gain the attention of headquarters

Birkinshaw J M; Bouquet C

Academy of Management Journal

Giant Steps in Management

Mol M; Birkinshaw J M

2007

Strategic archetypes in corporate venture. Units.

Birkinshaw J M; Hill S

Journal of Business Venturing

Managing executive attention in the global company

Birkinshaw J; Bouquet C; Chini T

MIT Sloan Management Review

Special report: management innovation

Birkinshaw J; Crainer S; Mol M

Business Strategy Review

Innovation value chain

Birkinshaw J; Hansen M T

Harvard Business Review

Finding, forming and performing: Creating new networks for discontinuous innovation

Birkinshaw J M; Bessant J; Delbridge R

California Management Review

Finding, forming and performing: creating new networks for discontinuous innovation

Birkinshaw J; Bessant J; Delbridge R

California Management Review

2006

Against the flow: reaping the rewards of management innovation

Mol M; Birkinshaw J

European Business Forum

Why do some multinational corporations relocate their headquarters overseas?

Birkinshaw J; et al.

Strategic Management Journal

Inter-Organizational fit in global account management relationships

Birkinshaw J M; Toulan O; Arnold D

International Studies of Management and Organization

Role of inter-organizational fit in global account management

Toulan O; Birkinshaw J; Arnold D

International Studies of Management and Organization

How management innovation happens

Birkinshaw J; Mol M J

MIT Sloan Management Review

Why Management Innovation Matters

Birkinshaw J M; Mol M

European Business Forum

2005

Secret diary of corporate venturing

Birkinshaw J

Business Strategy Review

Intrafirm competition and charter evolution in the multibusiness firm

Birkinshaw J; Lingblad M

Organization Science

Multinational strategy and structure: a review and research agenda

Brock D M; Birkinshaw J

Management International Review

Managing global customers

Toulan O; Arnold D; Birkinshaw J

Shifting strategic focus

Evison A; Birkinshaw J; et al.

European Business Forum

Building ambidexterity into the organization

Birkinshaw J; Gibson C

Sloan Management Review

Antecedents, consequences, and mediating role of organizational ambidexterity

Gibson C; Birkinshaw J

Academy of Management Journal

New Perspectives on Offshoring - Optimising your Support Functions

Birkinshaw J M; Evison A; Barden R; Terjesen S

European Business Forum

Strategic management

Birkinshaw J ed.

Contextual determinants of organizational ambidexterity

Birkinshaw J M; Gibson C

Academy of Management Journal

Organization of research and development in large multinational firms

Birkinshaw J; Fey C

Management International Review

Future of the multinational company

Birkinshaw J; Ghoshal S; Markides C; Stopford J M; Yip G eds.

Resource allocation in R & D organisations: an internal market perspective

Birkinshaw J; Fey C

Management International Review

Paradox of corporate entrepreneurship

Birkinshaw J

Strategy and Business

The paradox of corporate entrepreneurship

Birkinshaw J M

Strategy and Business

The future of Corporate Venturing

Birkinshaw J M; Batenburg R; Murray G

Business Strategy Review

Transnational management. 4th ed.

Bartlett C A; Ghoshal S; Birkinshaw J

Inventuring: why big companies must think small

Buckland W L; Hatcher A; Birkinshaw J

Future of corporate venturing

Birkinshaw J; Betenburg R; Murray G

Business Strategy Review

Corporate venturing: choosing the right business model

Campbell A; Birkinshaw J et al.

Sloan Management Review

2002

Managing the knowledge life-cycle

Birkinshaw J; Sheehan T

MIT Sloan Management Review

Leadership the Sven Goran Eriksson way

Birkinshaw J; Crainer S

Art of Swedish management

Birkinshaw J

Business Strategy Review

Venturing to succeed

Birkinshaw J; Batenburg R; Murray G

Business Strategy Review

Centres of excellence in multinational corporations

Frost T; Birkinshaw J; Ensign P C

Strategic Management Journal

2001

Unleash innovation in foreign subsidiaries

Birkinshaw J; Hood N

Harvard Business Review

Why is knowledge management so difficult?

Birkinshaw J

Business Strategy Review

Global account management in multinational corporations: theory and evidence

Birkinshaw J; Toulan O; Arnold D

Journal of International Business Studies

Making sense of knowledge management

Birkinshaw J

Ivey Business Journal

Strategies for managing internal competition

Birkinshaw J

California Management Review

Seller beware: the pitfalls of global account management

Arnold D; Birkinshaw J; Toulan O

California Management Review

Consequences of perception gaps in the headquarters-subsidiary relationship

Birkinshaw J et al.

International Business Review

Roles of foreign subsidiaries in industry clusters

Birkinshaw J; Hood N

Journal of International Business Studies

Upgrading of industry clusters and foreign investment

Birkinshaw J

International Studies of Management and Organization

Characteristics of foreign subsidiaries in industry clusters

Birkinshaw J M; Hood N

Journal of International Business Studies

Leading edge multinationals and leading edge clusters

Birkinshaw J; Solvell O

International Studies of Management and Organization

1999

R&D centres of excellence in Canada

Ensign S; Birkinshaw J; Frost T

Knowledge transfer in acquisitions

Bresman H; Birkinshaw J; Nobel R

Journal of International Business Studies

Managing knowledge in global service firms: centers of excellence

Moore K; Birkinshaw J

Academy of Management Executive

How subsidiary mandates are gained and lost

Birkinshaw J

Journal of International Business Studies

Configurations of strategy and structure in subsidiaries of multinational corporations

Birkinshaw J; Morrison A J

Journal of International Business Studies

Examination of fit between structural and competitive determinants

Birkinshaw J; Morrison A J; Hulland J

Strategic Management Journal

Structural and competitive determinants of a global integration strategy

Birkinshaw J; Morrison A J; Hulland J

Strategic Management Journal

Is the country manager an endangered species?

Birkinshaw J

International Executive

International joint ventures and performance: an interorganizational perspective

Inkpen A; Birkinshaw J

International Business Review

1993

Management competency development: an empirical test

Birkinshaw J; Rush J C; Evers F T

Balancing the global portfolio

Birkinshaw J; Ritchie W

Business Quarterly

Current

 

- Executive MBA core course, Integrative Simulation (mid part 2 block), C035 AUT14 and SPR15 (2 streams)

- Elective course, Achieving Strategic Agility, E417 AUT14, SPR15 and SUM15 (3 streams)

 

Previous

 

MBA LEVEL


- Achieving Strategic Agility (elective), 2009-.
- Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities (core course), 2010-12.
- Capstone (core course), 2011-12.
- Mid-part two strategy simulation for Executive MBAs, 2011-.
- Strategic Management, World Economic Forum Fellows, 2009, 2010.
- Adventures in Management Innovation (elective), London Business School, 2005-2006.
- Strategy in an E-World (elective), London Business School, 2000-2003.
- Management of the Knowledge Enterprise (elective), London Business School, 2001-2.
- Corporate-level Strategy (elective), London Business School, 1999-2003. 
- Global Strategic Management (elective), London Business School, 1999.
- International Business (elective), Stockholm School of Economics. 1995-1998.
- Business Policy (core course), University of Toronto. 1994, 1995. 

EXECUTIVES

- Programme Director for “Making Innovation Happen” 2012-.
- Programme Director for Rio Tinto Senior Leadership Programme 2004-2010.
- Programme Director for Sara Lee Douwe Egberts Strategy Programme 2001-2003.
- Academic Director for IBM Strategy programmes, 2011-.

- Core member of faculty on London Business School executive programmes for Arla, Arup, Deutsche Bank, Diageo, DTEK, Ericsson, Exxon Mobil, GBC, HSBC,IBM, If, Kone, KPMG,Lloyd’s, Lufthansa, Oman Oil, Petrofac, RBS, Rio Tinto, Roche, Spirent, Solvay, Swedbank, Telenor, Toshiba,WITS, WPP and others.

- Core member of faculty on London Business School open-enrolment programmes, Delivering Strategy for Value Creation, 2006-2011; and Accelerated Development Programme, 1999-2002. 

- Executive education and consulting work for private clients, including ABB, Akzo Nobel, Novo Nordisk, Ernst and Young, Tamro, Thyssen Krupp, Merck Frost Dohme, Coloplast, GSK, SAP, ABN AMRO, UBS, Guardian News and Media, ALK Abello, TrygVesta, Vestas, Ericsson, Assa Abloy, Mars, Pepsico, IPC Media, Rio Tinto, Direct Wines, Diageo, Robson Rhodes, Industry Canada, Conference Board of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Telenor, Invest in Sweden Agency.

- Ranked #39 in “Thinkers Fifty” 2013.
- Fellow of the British Academy, 2012.
- Honorary Doctoral Degree, Stockholm School of Economics, September 2009.
- Winner of JIBS “Decade Award” 2009, for the most influential article in Journal of International Business Studies in 1999.
- Winner of Academy of Management Review best paper award 2008 for the article, “Management Innovation.”
- Fellow of the Academy of International Business, 2008.
- Senior Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM), 2003-2006.
- Finalist for 2004 best paper award in Academy of Management Journal
- Finalise for 2004 best paper award in Sloan Management Review.
- Finalist for best paper award in Academy of Management Executive in 1998.
- Winner of the Barry Richman best doctoral dissertation award, 1996.
- Finalist, Richard Farmer best doctoral dissertation in international business award, 1995.

Research Interests

Strategic management (corporate entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, knowledge management), innovation (especially management innovation), and international management (foreign direct investment, global strategy).

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