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W. Chan Kim

Distinguished Professor of Strategy and International Management, Emeritus

Biography

W. Chan Kim is the Distinguished Professor of Strategy and International Management Emeritus and the Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. Prior to joining INSEAD, he was a professor at the University of Michigan Business School, USA. He has served as an advisor to several countries and multinational corporations in Europe, the U.S., and the Asia Pacific region.

He is the co-author of the over 4 million copy global bestseller Blue Ocean Strategy, which is recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, and the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times bestseller Blue Ocean Shift. To date, Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift teaching materials have been adopted by over 2800 universities across the globe.

He has published numerous articles in top academic and managerial journals including Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Financial Times, among 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 recipient of numerous academic and management awards including the Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking, the Carl S. Sloane Award by the Association of Management Consulting Firms, the Leadership Hall of Fame by Fast Company, the Eldridge Haynes Prize for the best original paper by Academy of International Business, among others. He along with his colleague Renee Mauborgne was named the most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. To learn more, visit www.blueoceanstrategy.com.

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Creating Your Blue Ocean Through Noncustomer Analysis

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne, M. Ji

Adopting a blue ocean perspective can allow you to reach beyond your existing industry’s customers.

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The Rising Importance of Value Innovation for Creating New Growth

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne, M. Ji

With limited resources at hand, companies need to stay smart and efficient when it comes to investing in innovation.

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A Blue Ocean Compass for Your Post-Covid Strategy

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne, M. Ji

Four questions to help you rethink industry logic and existing practices to prepare for a powerful comeback.
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How to Be a Blue Ocean Strategist in the Post-Pandemic World

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne, M. Ji

A blue ocean mindset uncovers hidden opportunities amid the Covid-era economic crisis.
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Why Tech Innovation Isn’t the Answer Everyone Thinks It Is

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne

Value innovation is the cornerstone of new market creation.
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Business as a Force for Good: A Blue Ocean Perspective

W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne

How to shift from dividing to expanding the economic pie.
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