Rita McGrath Speaker

Rita McGrath

Author, speaker, thought leader and consultant helping business leaders create an entrepreneurial mindset

Rita McGrath: Biography highlights

One of the most highly sought-after speakers, Rita McGrath leaves her audiences knowing exactly what it takes to ensure that their businesses avoid obsolescence.

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Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned thought leader and a professor at Columbia Business School, where she directs the popular Leading Strategic Growth and Change program. She is widely recognized as a premiere expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. In her speeches and consulting, Rita works with Fortune 1,000 companies, helping boards, CEOs, and senior executives act strategically in rapidly changing and volatile environments. She has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s top ten management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.

Rita is recognized as one of a small group of experts who have built today’s best-in-class innovation practices, and her tools for making innovation a managed proficiency was integral to the foundation of the “lean startup” movement. In 2009, she was elected as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society in recognition of her impact on the field. She has also been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and has received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.

Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 2019). 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.

Rita is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive events around the globe, including the Global Peter Drucker Forum and various CEO summits. She regularly contributes articles and perspectives in business-oriented publications such as Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. One of the most published authors in the Harvard Business Review, Rita’s writing includes the breakthrough article “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995).

Her work is often cited in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, CNN Business, and NPR’s Marketplace. She has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company and was voted HR Magazine’s “Most Influential International Thinker.”

Rita is the founder of Valize, a company focused on helping organizations go beyond innovation theater by developing tools to implement the Discovery Driven Growth approach.

Previously in her career, Rita served as an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups.

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Rita McGrath: The End of Competitive Advantage Trailer
Rita McGrath: The End of Competitive Advantage Trailer
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Rita McGrath and the New Strategic Paradigm - CanadaOne interview
Rita McGrath and the New Strategic Paradigm - CanadaOne interview
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Rita McGrath: Columbia Business Professor, Speaker & Thought Leader on Strategic Growth & Change
Rita McGrath: Columbia Business Professor, Speaker & Thought Leader on Strategic Growth & Change
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Rita McGrath on Constantly Reconfiguring and Adapting Your Business
Rita McGrath on Constantly Reconfiguring and Adapting Your Business
20:46
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Highlights from Featured Speaker Rita McGrath
Highlights from Featured Speaker Rita McGrath
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Rita McGrath on The End of Competitive Advantage
Rita McGrath on The End of Competitive Advantage
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Rita McGrath: Want a competitive edge? Ignore stability.
Rita McGrath: Want a competitive edge? Ignore stability.
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#3: Rita Mcgrath shares quick tip about how to make something happen?
#3: Rita Mcgrath shares quick tip about how to make something happen?
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Video Blog: The End of Competitive Advantage 2014 | Rita McGrath
Video Blog: The End of Competitive Advantage 2014 | Rita McGrath
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[Webinar] Three Levels of Business Models with Prof. Rita McGrath & Christian Rangen
[Webinar] Three Levels of Business Models with Prof. Rita McGrath & Christian Rangen
01:20:45
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Who should be making strategic decisions? Rita McGrath, Author, The End of Competitive Advantage
Who should be making strategic decisions? Rita McGrath, Author, The End of Competitive Advantage
02:03
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Rita McGrath on The End of Competitive Advantage
Rita McGrath on The End of Competitive Advantage
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Rita McGrath Speaking Overview Video
Rita McGrath Speaking Overview Video
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Business Strategy, Leadership & Trends: An Interview with Rita McGrath
Business Strategy, Leadership & Trends: An Interview with Rita McGrath
10:18
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Market Busting Ideas from Worlds Top Strategist-Rita McGrath
Market Busting Ideas from Worlds Top Strategist-Rita McGrath
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ANR Interview #1 - The Project Revolution with Rita McGrath - World Greatest Management Thinkers
ANR Interview #1 - The Project Revolution with Rita McGrath - World Greatest Management Thinkers
27:24
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How can an organization encourage innovation? Rita McGrath, Author, The End of Competitive Advantage
How can an organization encourage innovation? Rita McGrath, Author, The End of Competitive Advantage
02:48
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Rita McGrath speaker Congreso Mundial de RRHH 2014
Rita McGrath speaker Congreso Mundial de RRHH 2014
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Episode #55 - The Implications of Innovation for  HR Strategies, Rita Gunther McGrath
Episode #55 - The Implications of Innovation for HR Strategies, Rita Gunther McGrath
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What is a transient advantage? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
What is a transient advantage? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
02:04
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Keep Your Strategy Moving: Rita Gunther McGrath
Keep Your Strategy Moving: Rita Gunther McGrath
03:44
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What is the importance of leaders being discovery driven? by Rita McGrath
What is the importance of leaders being discovery driven? by Rita McGrath
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Your Customer: Who They Really Are and What They Really Want
Your Customer: Who They Really Are and What They Really Want
28:57
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Video Games and Industrial Transformation: Rita McGrath
Video Games and Industrial Transformation: Rita McGrath
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Rita McGrath - Five Ways to Ruin Your Innovation Process
Rita McGrath - Five Ways to Ruin Your Innovation Process
02:37
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Interview with Rita McGrath
Interview with Rita McGrath
06:58
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Fast and Roughly Right featuring Rita McGrath
Fast and Roughly Right featuring Rita McGrath
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Rita Mcgrath
Rita Mcgrath
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Rita McGrath's Big Idea - Arenas
Rita McGrath's Big Idea - Arenas
01:13
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Rita McGrath - The Future of Exec Ed
Rita McGrath - The Future of Exec Ed
02:39
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WEF Davos 2015 Hub Culture Interview with Rita Gunther McGrath
WEF Davos 2015 Hub Culture Interview with Rita Gunther McGrath
03:35
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Careers in the Transient Advantage Economy
Careers in the Transient Advantage Economy
05:03
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What is continuous reconfiguration? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
What is continuous reconfiguration? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
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Rita McGrath on Thought Leader and Strategic Growth
Rita McGrath on Thought Leader and Strategic Growth
06:55
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Rita McGrath - Strategy Leaders 2015
Rita McGrath - Strategy Leaders 2015
04:24
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Rita Gunther McGrath at Davos
Rita Gunther McGrath at Davos
02:02
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Can you explain deft resource allocation? Rita McGrath, Author, The End of Competitive Advantage
Can you explain deft resource allocation? Rita McGrath, Author, The End of Competitive Advantage
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DAY01   07   Strategy in the Face of Reality
DAY01 07 Strategy in the Face of Reality
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Interview with Rita Gunther McGrath at the European Business Forum 2017 in ODEON, Odense
Interview with Rita Gunther McGrath at the European Business Forum 2017 in ODEON, Odense
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Rita McGrath "The End of Competitive Advantage" | LIVE in Baltimore Trailer
Rita McGrath "The End of Competitive Advantage" | LIVE in Baltimore Trailer
01:14
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What is meant by healthy disengagement? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
What is meant by healthy disengagement? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
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Rita Gunther McGrath: How to Lead Growth in Difficult Times
Rita Gunther McGrath: How to Lead Growth in Difficult Times
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Three keys to conquering complexity: An interview with Rita McGrath
Three keys to conquering complexity: An interview with Rita McGrath
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How do you define a great teacher? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
How do you define a great teacher? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
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How do you handle social media? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
How do you handle social media? by Rita McGrath, Author of The End of Competitive Advantage
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Professor Rita Gunther McGrath on testing assumptions
Professor Rita Gunther McGrath on testing assumptions
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AustinLifestyles SXSW 2009 interview - Rita McGrath
AustinLifestyles SXSW 2009 interview - Rita McGrath
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Meet up with Rita McGrath in April 2015
Meet up with Rita McGrath in April 2015
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DigitalNow Conference

You know a presentation was good when you can't wait to get back to work and make some changes'

Coca-Cola Enterprises

'Rita's keen insights into strategy building - and avoiding creative destruction - were a perfect fit with our conference focus.'

Columbia Media Lab

'The fact that we ran over and had to forcibly eject our guests is reflective of how engaging the conversation was at the event. I can't thank you enough.'

Leading Hotels of the World

'Rita did a great job of getting her message across in 45 minutes. She speakers from her heart and does not use notes. It was no surprise that Rita's presentation ranked highest of all external speakers.'

Pearson

'An exceptional instructor, Rita has the ability to take complex topics and make them understandable and applicable.'

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