Renée Mauborgne is 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 served on President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the President’s two terms. She is also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
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. She also has published numerous articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The New York Times and The Financial Times, among others.
Mauborgne is the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant (Harvard Business Review Press). Blue Ocean Strategy has sold over 3.6 million copies and is recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written. It is being published in a record-breaking 44 languages and is a bestseller across five continents. Blue Ocean Strategy has won numerous awards including “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. Click here for a list of the major book awards won.
Mauborgne is ranked in the top 3 management gurus in the world in the Thinkers50 listing of the World’s Top Management Gurus. She is the highest placed woman ever on Thinkers50. In 2014, Mauborgne, along with her colleague W. Chan Kim, received the Carl S. Sloane Award for Excellence from the Association of Management Consulting Firms due to the impact their management research has made on the global consulting industry. She also won the 2011 Thinkers50 Strategy Award. 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. She was also named among the world’s top five best business school professors in 2013 by MBA Rankings.
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 Case Centre awards including “The Global Top 10 Bestselling Case Writers (2015/2016)”, “All-Time Top 40 Bestselling Cases” in 2014, “Best Overall Case” in 2009 across all disciplines and “Best Case in Strategy” in 2008.
Mauborgne co-founded the Blue Ocean Global Network (BOGN), a global community of practice on the blue ocean strategy family of concepts that they created. BOGN embraces academics, consultants, executives, and government officers.
Read case studies by Renée here.
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