Outthinker Networks Thought Leader Advisory Board
At Outthinker Networks we are a community of strategists, innovators, and explorers focused on driving meaningful impact in our organizations. Through knowledge sharing and practice, we form a think tank of “doers” that drive future-oriented, enterprise-level impact.
Every month, members engage in dialogue with thought leaders, facilitating an exchange between practice and research to contribute to the future of strategy and management practices. Now, we’re excited to build something special to strengthen that bond even further.
Announcing Outthinker Networks Thought Leader Advisory Board
We are launching the Outthinker Networks Thought Leader Advisory Board, a group of strategy and innovation experts and leading business school academics who will advise topic areas and engage closely with members to evolve the network.
We welcome our founding advisory board members: Renee Dye (Emory Goizueta Business School), Felix Oberholzer-Gee (Harvard Business School), Rita McGrath (Columbia Business School), Robert Wolcott (Kellogg School of Management), and Tony O’Driscoll (Duke University Fuqua School of Business).
Below, the Step into the future section reveals each thought leader’s latest thinking and projects. Execute with clarity highlights their best-known work so far. Read on to learn more about this outstanding group of experts in strategy and innovation.
Meet Our Founding Advisory Board Members
Renee Dye, Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, brings a practitioner’s perspective to the thought leader board. She has previously held positions at Emory, McKinsey, and Navigant, and she is the founder of Stratitect, an independent consulting firm. Her articles have been published in leading journals and magazines, including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and McKinsey Quarterly. She completed her Ph.D. in English at Emory University in 1994.
Step into the future: Dye maintains a strong network of strategy leaders in the Atlanta, GA, area and beyond. Her current interests focus on how technology, particularly artificial intelligence, is enriching the chief strategy officer role.
Execute with clarity: Dye’s Harvard Business Review article “Breakthrough Thinking from Inside the Box” provides a tested approach to direct idea generation within organizations by offering brainstorming prompts and removing common barriers to creativity.
Felix Oberholzer-Gee is the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. A member of the faculty since 2003, Oberholzer-Gee received his master’s degree, summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zurich. His first faculty position was at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches competitive strategy in the executive education programs. Oberholzer-Gee has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the Harvard Business School Class of 2006 Faculty Teaching Award for best teacher in the core curriculum, and the 2002 Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for best teacher in the Wharton MBA program. Prior to his academic career, Oberholzer-Gee served as managing director of Symo Electronics, a Swiss-based process control company.
Step into the future: Oberholzer-Gee conducts research on competitive strategy and non-market strategy. His latest interests include exploring how companies can influence the regulatory process and how companies can develop better ways to compete for talent. Listen to his predictions for 2024 on Harvard’s After Hours podcast.
Execute with clarity: Oberholzer-Gee’s book Better, Simpler Strategy is one of most compelling, complete, and yet simple strategy books in the market. His value-based strategy framework breaks down the ideas of willingness to pay and willingness to sell as key value drivers and explains why top companies achieve more by doing less.
Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She has received the Strategy Award from Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in the organization’s bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. McGrath is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
Step into the future: McGrath continues to study and work with organizations as they move forward in uncertain situations. Her Harvard Business Review article “The Permissionless Corporation”, co-authored with Ram Charan, outlines the future directions of organizational management. Empowered by digital technologies, companies adopt structures that are less hierarchical and more dynamic.
Execute with clarity: McGrath is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Her book Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen is a guide for organizations to avoid disruption and gain early competitive advantage. She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed.
"We’re at a massive inflection point and Outthinker Networks has a vantage point to pick out the contours of what that looks like." – Rita McGrath
Robert C. Wolcott is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, and Adjunct Professor of Executive Education at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. From 2009 – 2019, he served as Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Kellogg. Wolcott won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg’s EMBA program in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He is the co-founder and chair of TWIN Global and a board member of Clareo. He is an advisory board member for Open Innovation Lab of Norway, MagicCube, StartupWind and other ventures. He is an early-stage investor in nearly 30 companies and funds.
Wolcott is a regular contributor to Forbes on the impact of technology on business, society and humanity. His book, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been published in Chinese and Japanese. His work has appeared in publications such as MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, The Harvard Business Review (online), and The Wall Street Journal. Wolcott holds a B.A. in European and Chinese History and an M.S. and Ph.D., Industrial Engineering & Management Science, Northwestern University.
Step into the future: Wolcott’s current focus area is a trend titled Proximity—the future of all industries in which emerging technologies enable the production and provision of products and services closer to the moment of demand in time and space. Pre-order his upcoming 2024 book here: Proximity: How Coming Breakthroughs in Just-in-Time Transform Business, Society, and Daily Life (co-authored with Outthinker Networks founder Kaihan Krippendorff).
Execute with clarity: Wolcott’s book with Dr. Michael Lippitz, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, shares a decade of research on how companies can enable and support intrapreneurs. For those interested in pursuing or leading corporate innovation, his article “The Four Models of Corporate Entrepreneurship” is a must-read.
Tony O’Driscoll is an adjunct Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Pratt School of Engineering. He maintains active research, speaking, advisory, and consulting practices. He has been a speaker, workshop leader, moderator, and panelist at more than 130 national and international corporate and academic conferences. At Duke Corporate Education, he launched the company’s Asian operation and led innovation at CE Labs. At IBM, he was a founding member of IBM Global Service’s Strategy and Change consulting practice. His work and expert analyses have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, Business Week, Dialogue, Wired Magazine, The Financial Times, India Today, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, Management Information Sciences Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Performance Improvement Quarterly, and the Journal of Product and Innovation Management. He writes a column for Training Magazine. O’Driscoll holds an Ed.D. in Organization Learning and an M.S. in Management from North Carolina State University. His B.S. in Electrical Engineering is from Virginia Tech.
Step into the future: O’Driscoll’s current research and practice examines how rapidly emerging technologies are disrupting existing industry structures and business models. He specifically focuses on how to develop leadership systems that enable organizations to adapt and evolve in increasingly unpredictable and turbulent business environments. His most recent book, Everyday Superhero, proposes a revolutionary People-Centered Transformation (PCT) approach to enable sustained and sustainable organization agility.
Execute with clarity: O’Driscoll’s main message emphasizes that the key digital-age differentiator is not technology, but people. He has spent the bulk of his professional and academic career at the nexus of business, innovation, technology and learning, creating and implementing strategies that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their most valuable asset: human beings. He has published two books on learning and organization performance: Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration, and Achieving Desired Business Performance.
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