Julian Birkinshaw


  • The Myths of Disruption: How Established Firms are Adapting to the Digital Age
  • Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future
  • Leading and Managing in a Post-Covid World

What he offers

Julian Birkinshaw explains management practices and dives deeply into the demands of today’s business environment. He shares his insights on the strategy and management of large multinational corporations, and on such specific issues as The Myths of Disruption: How Established Firms are Adapting to the Digital Age, innovation, How can  the Companies Fit for the Future and Leading & Managing in a Post-Covid World.

How he presents

A distinguished and gifted speaker, his unique background allows him to engage his audience as he explores new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy.

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Scientists (FAcSS) and the Academy of International Business. Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has written fourteen books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management, and Giant Steps in Management, and over ninety articles in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Academy of Management Journal.

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, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2015, he was ranked 43rd on the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential management thinkers in the world.

Julian 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 has been on the faculty at London Business School for eighteen years, and is currently Deputy Dean (Programmes) and Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.

Julian is co-founder with bestselling author Gary Hamel of the Management Innovation Lab (MLab), a unique partnership between academia and business that seeks to accelerate the evolution of management. He is very active as a consultant, speaker, and executive educator to many large corporations, including Arup, Bayer, BMW, Deloitte, IBM, Novo Nordisk, Petrofac, Rio Tinto, Roche, Tata, Toshiba, UBS, and Unilever.

Selected Publications:

  • Mind Tools for Managers: 100 Ways to be a Better Boss (with James Manktelow), 2018
  • Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future (with Jonas Ridderstråle), 2017
  • 25 Need to Know MBA Models, 2017
  • Becoming A Better Boss: Why Good Management is So Difficult, 2013
  • Reinventing Management, 2012
  • Giant Steps in Management: Creating Innovations That Change the Way We Work (with Michael J. Mol and Gary Hamel), 2008

Presentation Languages: English

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