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David Duncan

Senior Partner

David is a Senior Partner at Innosight, where he leads the financial services and innovation capabilities practices. He joined Innosight in 2006 and has been a Partner since 2008. 

He is a coauthor, with Clay Christensen, of the forthcoming book Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice. He is also the coauthor of the Harvard Business Review articles “Knowing When to Reinvent” and "Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days," as well as Building A Growth Factory, an ebook published by Harvard Business Review Press.

He has worked with Fortune 50 companies across the full spectrum of financial services industries, including banking, insurance, capital markets, and transaction banking. He has also worked extensively across the healthcare sector, including with payers, providers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

His work has focused on helping companies to institutionalize new growth innovation capabilities through the design and deployment of a broad range of enablers. These include new structures and processes to identify and commercialize new growth innovation, cultural transformation programs, training and action learning programs, innovation governance bodies, and overall capability transformation programs. He has also worked extensively on helping companies directly to find, develop, and commercialize high-potential growth opportunities.

David has led numerous workshops and training programs for senior executives as well as given speeches on a wide range of innovation topics.

Prior to joining Innosight, David spent four years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he led teams to solve problems for senior executives in a variety of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and high-tech. His experience at McKinsey included developing corporate strategies, growth strategies, and building functional excellence in areas such as marketing, corporate finance, and performance management.

David graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University and earned a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. He is the author of numerous scientific articles on physics published in peer-reviewed journals.

Publication Highlights

"Knowing When to Reinvent," Harvard Business Review, 2015.

"Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days," Harvard Business Review, 2014.

Building a Growth Factory, Harvard Business School Press, 2012.

"Customer-Focused Portfolio Management," Strategy & Innovation, Feb 11, 2009.

"Health Plans: Disrupt and Prosper," Managed Care, January 2, 2009.

"Innovation, Recession-Style," BloombergBusinessweek, December, 2008.

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