My guest this week has a global reputation for his leading edge thinking about how companies can out-perform in today’s highly dynamic and complex business system. He has been a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan where he formed a powerful partnership with the late, great, CK Prahalad. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on “competitive disruption” and “game changing strategy”.
Please welcome my guest this week, Gordon Hewitt.
Dr Gordon Hewitt is one of the world’s top business school professors, with a truly global reputation for his leading edge thinking about how companies can out-perform in today’s highly dynamic and complex business system. He has been a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan where he formed a powerful partnership with the late CK Prahalad. Gordon is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on “competitive disruption” and “game changing strategy”. In his native city of Glasgow, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Strategy at the Adam Smith Business School in the University of Glasgow.
As a consultant, he has extensive experience for over 25 years of working at CEO and Board level with many major corporations. He has been involved in business strategy advice and top leadership development programmes for corporations such as Pfizer, Time Warner, PwC, Zurich Financial, IBM, Sony, Honeywell, Shell, Verizon, Adobe, Diageo, Bosch, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Post/DHL, and Humana.
Gordon is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on competitive disruption, and the challenge facing business leaders of competing and creating value in dynamic, complex markets. Recently he chaired meetings of European and American CEOs and Board Directors to discuss the future of corporate strategy and corporate governance. In the last year he has been a keynote speaker on these topics at major business conferences in the USA, Europe, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brazil.
Born and educated in Glasgow, Gordon now works extensively throughout the USA, Asia and Europe. His principal home in still in Scotland, and he has been a member of the International Advisory Board of Scottish Enterprise. He also served as Chairman of Court, the Governing Board, at the University of Abertay Dundee from 2003 to 2010, and was a Global Business Adviser to Scotland’s First Minister.
Gordon was given the 2007 International Distinguished Faculty Award for Best Global Educator by the Institute of Management Studies whose members comprise leading academics and consultants worldwide. His many academic awards include the title of Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, where he started his career. Gordon also holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Corporate Strategy at Duke Corporate Education.
Gordon Hewitt was awarded the title of CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to international business in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honours List. He has also been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s national academy of science and letters. Gordon is a former Scottish international amateur golfer and supports charities for the theatre and journalism professions.
Recorded on: 15th December 2020