CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipients

This prize is awarded annually to a scholar-practitioner who has used applied learning to influence how theory and research guide practice. Special attention is given to a scholar-practitioner whose contributions have shaped the understanding of global strategic leadership.


2015 CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipient

Michael Porter

Michael Porter is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. Throughout his career at Harvard Business School, he has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including market competition and company strategy, economic development, the environment, and health care. His extensive research is widely recognized in governments, corporations, NGOs, and academic circles around the globe. His research has received numerous awards, and he is the most cited scholar today in economics and business. While Michael Porter is, at the core, a scholar, his work has also achieved remarkable acceptance by practitioners across multiple fields.

Michael Porter’s initial training was in aerospace engineering at Princeton University. He then earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard’s Department of Economics. His research approach—applying economic theory to complex systemic problems—reflects these multidisciplinary foundations. In 2000, Harvard Business School and Harvard University jointly established the Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness to provide a home for his research.



2014 CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipient

Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg, the John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, has written over 160 articles and sixteen books. He has accumulated over 100,000 citations on Google Scholar.

His work has followed several key themes synthesizing, critiquing and adding to our knowledge of organizational structure, strategy process, the nature of managerial work, and more recently, flaws in management education. His research has offered critical challenges to accepted rhetoric and practices and so he draws citations from both the world of practice and academia.

With respect to management education, Henry Mintzberg claims that prestigious schools like Harvard and Wharton are obsessed with imbuing analytic skills in their attempts to make management a science. This, in turn, damages the discipline of management by leaving out the art and craft of management (e.g., the roles of intuition and experience).

Before joining the McGill faculty, Henry Mintzberg received his Ph.D. in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1968, and a Bachelors of English from McGill University.

Interview with Henry Mintzberg



2013 CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipient

Clay Christensen

Clay Christensen holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an MBA and a DBA from the Harvard Business School, where he is currently the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth.

Clay Christensen founded a number of successful companies and organizations which use and apply this theories in various ways: Innosight, a consulting firm helping companies create new growth businesses; Rose Park Advisors, a firm that identifies and invests in disruptive companies; and Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to vexing societal problems such as healthcare and education.

He is the best-selling author of eight books and more than a hundred articles, including the New York Times best-selling, How Will You Measure Your Life? He received the Global Business Book Award for The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written. In 2011 in a poll of thousands of executives, consultants and business school professors, Christensen was named as the most influential business thinker in the world.

Interview with Clay Christensen



2012 CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipient

Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria became the tenth dean of Harvard Business School on 1 July 2010. He previously served as co-chair of the School’s Leadership Initiative, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit.

His intellectual interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. He is co-author or co-editor of 16 books and has served as an advisor and consultant to several large and small companies around the world. He has been cited frequently in the media, including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Economist, and The Financial Times.

Before joining the HBS faculty in 1988, Nitin Nohria received his Ph.D. in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B. Tech. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.



2011 CK Prahalad Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award Recipient

Yves Doz

Yves Doz is the Solvay Chaired Professor of Technological Innovation at INSEAD and Visiting Professor at Aalto University (formerly Helsinki School of Economics). He was Dean of Executive Education (1998-2002) and Associate Dean for Research and Development (1990-1995) at INSEAD. Yves Doz received his Doctoral degree from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Jouy-en-Josas, France). He has also taught at the Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. His research on the strategy and organization of multinational companies led to numerous publications, including several books, in particular The Multinational Mission: Balancing Local Demands and Global Vision, co-authored with CK. Prahalad (1987) and From Global to Metanational: How Companies Win in the Knowledge Economy co-authored with José Santos and Peter Williamson (Harvard Business School Press, 2001). Yves Doz currently carries out research on how companies can achieve strategic agility.

Interview with Yves Doz



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