Vijay Govindarajan
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School: Dartmouth - Tuck
Age: 61
Fun fact: He's travelled to over 90 countries in six continents.

Govindarajan's research focuses on strategy and innovation. He stands firm on the idea that the only way companies can grow is through innovation. "Companies that are capable of strategic innovation delight investors with sustained growth and surprise competitors by changing the rules of the game," he says on the website for his "VG's Innovation Quarterly," his quarterly newsletter.

"VG" -- as he's known throughout the business world -- worked with GE's CEO Jeff Immelt to write "How GE is Disrupting Itself," a Harvard Business Review article that introduced the concept of reverse innovation -- any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. Harvard Business Review has rated reverse innovation as one of the 10 big ideas of the decade.

VG's influence on the business world is clear. He has worked with more than 25% of the Fortune 500 corporations and he was the first professor in residence and chief innovation consultant at General Electric (GE, Fortune 500). He has published nine books, including two best sellers Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators and The Other Side of Innovation.

Recently, the professor has created a buzz for his proposed $300 house project, a global effort to rebuild impoverished communities across the world.


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