Rita McGrath, a strategy professor at Columbia Business School, is a globally recognized management thinker who helps CEOs and senior executives succeed in rapidly changing and volatile environments. She speaks regularly at corporate events, such as the Microsoft CEO Summit and the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Her book, Discovery Driven Growth was named one of BusinessWeek‘s best design & innovation books.

Her methodology for business planning (originally published in a best-selling Harvard Business Review article) was cited by Clayton Christensen as an antidote to “innovation killers.” In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, an honor accorded to those who have had a significant impact on the field. She is currently Deputy Dean of the Fellows. She has been named one of the top 20 business thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 and was cited as one of the nine most disruptive thinkers in business by CIO Magazine.

McGrath appears regularly on television and radio and is often cited in the press, including The WallStreet Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Inc. and Businessweek. She maintains an active blog and is featured as a discussion leader at Harvard Business Online. She has written fourteen articles published in the Harvard Business Review, four within the last 12 months. She is also the coauthor of The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000) and MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005). She is currently working on a new book about how organizations can thrive when their strategies are short-lived.

McGrath joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena and founded two startups. Her Ph.D. is from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses, and is the Faculty Director for the Columbia Executive Education program Leading Strategic Growth and Change.