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W. Chan Kim

kimis Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute and The Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management at INSEAD, France (the world’s second largest business school). Prior to joining INSEAD, he was a professor at the University of Michigan Business School, USA. He has served as a board member as well as an advisor for a number of multinational corporations in Europe, the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. He is an advisory member for the European Union and serves as an advisor to several countries. He was born in Korea.

Kim is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. His Harvard Business Review articles, co-authored with Renée Mauborgne, are worldwide bestsellers. Their Value Innovation and Fair Process articles were selected as among the best classic articles ever published in Harvard Business Review. They have co-authored numerous articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Asian Wall Street Journal, among others.

Kim has published numerous articles on strategy and management which can be found in The Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review,and others. The Journal of International Management recognizes Kim as one of the world’s most influential academic journal authors in global strategy.

Kim is the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant (Harvard Business School Press, 2005). After reaching Wall Street Journal Bestseller,Businessweek Bestseller, and National (American) Bestseller status, Blue Ocean Strategy became an international bestseller across five continents. It has sold over two million copies and is being published in a record-breaking 43 languages. Blue Ocean Strategy won the “Best Business Book of 2005″ Prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was also selected as a “Top Ten Business Book of 2005″ by Amazon.com, and as one of the 40 most influential books in the History of the People’s Republic of China (1949-2009) along with Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ and Milton Friedman’s ‘Free to Choose’.

Kim received the Nobel Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking 2008 and is a winner of the Eldridge Haynes Prize, awarded by the Academy of International Business and the Eldridge Haynes Memorial Trust of Business International, for the best original paper in the field of international business. After being named among the top five most influential business thinkers in the world in 2009, Kim was ranked No. 2 on The Thinkers50 2011 list of the world’s top management gurus. He also won the 2011 Thinkers50 Strategy Award. Kim was selected for the 2011 Leadership Hall of Fame by Fast Company magazine and was named among the world’s top five best business school professors in 2013 by MBA Rankings.

He is the winner of the Prix DCF 2009 (Prix des Dirigeants Commerciaux de France 2009) in the category of “Stratégie d’entreprise.” L’Expansion also named Kim along with his colleague Renée Mauborgne as “the number one gurus of the future.” The Sunday Times (London) called them “two of Europe’s brightest business thinkers,” and noted, “Kim and Mauborgne provide a sizable challenge to the way managers think about and practice strategy. The Observer called Kim and Mauborgne, “the next big gurus to hit the business world.” Kim is the winner of several European Case Clearing House awards including “Best Case in Strategy” and “Best Overall Case” across all disciplines.

Kim co-founded the Blue Ocean Strategy Network (BOSN), a global community of practice on the Blue Ocean Strategy family of concepts that they created. BOSN embraces academics, consultants, executives, and government officers.

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Renée Mauborgne

mauborgneis the INSEAD Distinguished Fellow and a professor of strategy at INSEAD, the world’s second largest business school. She is also Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. She was born in the United States.

Mauborgne is a member of President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). She is also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. HerHarvard Business Review articles, co-authored with W. Chan Kim, are worldwide bestsellers. Their Value Innovation and Fair Process articles were selected as among the best classic articles ever published in Harvard Business Review. They have co-authored numerous articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The New York Times and The Financial Times, among others.

Mauborgne has published numerous articles on strategy and management which can be found in The Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and others.

Mauborgne is the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant(Harvard Business School Press, 2005). After reaching Wall Street JournalBestseller, Businessweek Bestseller, and National (American) Bestseller status, Blue Ocean Strategy became an international bestseller across five continents. It has sold over two million copies and is being published in a record-breaking 43 languages. Blue Ocean Strategy won the “Best Business Book of 2005″ Prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was also selected as a “Top Ten Business Book of 2005″ by Amazon.com, and as one of the 40 most influential books in the History of the People’s Republic of China (1949-2009) along with Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ and Milton Friedman’s ‘Free to Choose’.

After being named as among the top five most influential business thinkers in the world in 2009, Mauborgne was ranked No. 2 on The Thinkers50 2011 list of the world’s top management gurus. She is the highest placed woman ever on Thinkers 50. She also won the 2011 Thinkers50 Strategy Award for her research on blue ocean strategy. Mauborgne was selected for the 2011 Leadership Hall of Fame by Fast Company magazine and as one of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors in 2012 by Fortune.com.

Mauborgne received the Nobel Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking 2008 and is the winner of the Eldridge Haynes Prize, awarded by the Academy of International Business and the Eldridge Haynes Memorial Trust of Business International, for the best original paper in the field of international business. She is the winner of the Prix DCF 2009 (Prix des Dirigeants Commerciaux de France 2009) in the category of “Stratégie d’entreprise.” L’Expansion named Mauborgne along with her colleague W. Chan Kim as “the number one gurus of the future.” The Sunday Times (London) called them “two of Europe’s brightest business thinkers,” and noted, “Kim and Mauborgne provide a sizeable challenge to the way managers think about and practice strategy.” The Observer called Kim and Mauborgne, “the next big gurus to hit the business world.” She won the 2007 Asia Brand Leadership Award. Mauborgne is the winner of several European Case Clearing House awards including “Best Case in Strategy” in 2008 and “Best Overall Case” in 2009 across all disciplines.

Mauborgne co-founded the Blue Ocean Strategy Network (BOSN), a global community of practice on the blue ocean strategy family of concepts that they created. BOSN embraces academics, consultants, executives, and government officers.