Late C.K. Prahalad

Management Thinker
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

C.K. Prahalad, the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, specializes in corporate strategy. His books include Multinational Mission: Balancing Local Demands and Global Vision (1987), co-authored with Yves Doz, Competing for the Future (1994), co-authored with Gary Hamel, and named the Best Selling Business Book of the Year in 1994. The Future of Competition: Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers (2004) co-authored with Venkatram Ramaswamy was translated into 12 languages. Business Week described the book as “provocative” and “an important book full of disruptive ideas”. The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profit (2004) was selected as one of the best books of the year 2004 by The Economist, Fast Company and Amazon.com. Harvard Business Review awarded him McKinsey Prizes for: “The End of Corporate Imperialism”, co-authored with Kenneth Lieberthal (1998); “The Core Competence of the Corporation”, co-authored with Gary Hamel (1990), and “Strategic Intent”, also co-authored with Gary Hamel (1989). He has been honored for his contributions with a Life Time Achievement Award by the Ross School of Business. He received honorary doctorates from the University of London (Economics), Stevens Institute of Technology (Engineering), University of Abertay, Dundee (Business), and University of Tilberg (Business). He was a member of the UN Blue Ribbon Commission on Private Sector and Development. He serves on the Board of Directors of NCR Corporation, Hindustan Lever Limited and the World Resources Institute.

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