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Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategic and International Management at the London Business School, co-founder of the Management Lab, and the Deputy Dean for Programmes.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK).

He 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 worked at the University of Toronto, the Stockholm School of Economics, Price Waterhouse and ICI.  

Julian's main area of expertise is in the strategy and management of large multinational corporations, and on such specific issues as corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, subsidiary-headquarters relationship, knowledge management, network organisations, and global customer management. He is the author of ten books, including Giant Steps in Management (2007), Inventuring: Why Big Companies Must Think Small (2003), Leadership the Sven-Goran Eriksson Way (2002) and Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm (2001), and over fifty articles.   His research has also been published in such journals as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Harvard Business Review.

Julian is active as a consultant and executive educator to many large companies, including Rio Tinto, SAP, ABN AMRO, GSK, ABB, Ericsson, Kone, Exxon, WPP, Bombardier, Sara Lee, HSBC, Akzo Nobel, Roche, Thyssen Krupp, UBS, PWC, Coloplast, BBC and Novo Nordisk. In 1998 the leading British Management magazine Management Today profiled Professor Birkinshaw as one of six of the "Next Generation of Management Gurus". He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and The Times. He speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

Last Updated: March 2008


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