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Julian Birkinshaw

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Deputy Dean (Programmes)

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

Professor Julian Birkinshaw was ranked 43rd in the 2015 Thinkers50 list of the top global management thinkers. His main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large corporations, and specifically such issues as innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic agility and headquarters-subsidiary relationships.

He is a Fellow of: the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences, 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. 

Professor Birkinshaw is the author of thirteen books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management and Giant Steps in Management, and over ninety 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.




  • Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunities (core course), 2010-12.

  • Executive MBA core course, Integrative Simulation (mid part 2 block)

  • Capstone (core course), 2011-12.

  • 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. 

Executive Education

  • Academic Director for IBM Strategy programmes, 2011-.

  • Programme Director for Rio Tinto Senior Leadership Programme 2004-2010.

  • Programme Director for Sara Lee Douwe Egberts Strategy Programme 2001-2003.

  • 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, Developing 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.

Research Awards

  • 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

  • Finalist 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)
  • International management (foreign direct investment, global strategy).

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