W. Chan Kim Profile

W. Chan Kim is The Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management at INSEAD, France (one of the world’s top business schools) and Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. He has served as a board member as well as an advisor for a number of multinational corporations in Europe, the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. He is an advisory member for the European Union and serves as an advisor to several countries.

Kim is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos and has published numerous bestselling articles in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, among others. Kim is a world’s top bestselling author at the Case Centre and the recipient of numerous Case Centre awards including “The Global Top 10 Bestselling Case Writers.”

Kim is the co-author of the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Blue Ocean Shift, Beyond Competing – Amazon selected Blue Ocean Shift as a “Best Business and Leadership Book of 2017.” He also is the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy which is recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written. Blue Ocean Strategy is a bestseller across 5 continents and has sold over 3.6 million copies with the publication in a record-breaking 46 languages. It has won numerous awards including “The Best Business Book of 2005″ Prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was also selected 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.

Kim has been consistently ranked in the top 5 world’s management gurus in the Thinkers50 list and was named among the world’s top 5 best business school professors by MBA Rankings. He has received 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, and the Eldridge Haynes Prize by the Academy of International Business among others. The Observer called Kim, “the next big guru to hit the business world.”

Kim is the co-founder of the Blue Ocean Global Network (BOGN), a global community of practice on the Blue Ocean family of concepts that he created. BOGN embraces academics, consultants, executives, and government officers.

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BLUE OCEAN SHIFT - Move Beyond Competing

Traditional competition-based strategies aren't enough to sustain high performance. Companies must tap into the blue ocean of opportunities that will take them beyond competition. That's what this talk is all about: how to shift perspective, challenge boundaries and inspire people’s confidence so your organization will shift from competing to creating, from cutthroat markets to wide open ones, from red oceans to clear blue ones.

In this talk, Professor Kim lays out a systematic five-step process anyone can use to make the shift. He shares real-life cases of how leaders in diverse industries and sectors moved from red to blue oceans using this process and how you can do it too. You’ll learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to avoid pitfalls along the way so you can succeed on your own blue ocean journey. If you're ready to seize new growth, inspire confidence and build a compelling future for your company, you need to hear Professor Kim's talk about making a Blue Ocean Shift.

You’ll learn first-hand how to:
• MOVE beyond competition and seize new growth opportunities
• GROW through non-disruptive creation
• BUILD people’s confidence to seize new opportunities & change
• SHAPE industry boundaries in your favor

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY - Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Prospects in most established market spaces—red oceans—are shrinking steadily. Technological advances have substantially improved industrial productivity, permitting suppliers to produce an unprecedented array of products and services. The result is that in more and more industries, supply is overtaking demand where companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of existing demand.

In this talk, Professor Kim addresses one of the most important issues facing companies, nonprofits and governments today: how to break out of bloody competition, seize new growth, and create uncontested market space. He shows you how to shift your perspective to see opportunities where others only see constraints, and offers practical tools and a proven process that anyone can apply to create explosive growth.

NONDISRUPTIVE CREATION – Go Beyond Disruption to Seize New Growth

Disrupt this, disrupt that. Disrupt or die. That has been a popular mantra. But is disruption the only way to create new markets? And is it the best way? Professor Kim says, no. In this talk he talks about why a focus on disruption is limiting and leaves half the opportunities to create new markets and new growth off the table. That other half is what he and his co-author call non-disruptive creation, whereby new markets are created without disrupting an existing one. Professor Kim shares real-life cases of how leaders in diverse industries and sectors created growth through non-disruptive creation by making a shift from red to blue oceans using the systematic blue ocean shift process.

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Books by W. Chan Kim:

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth

Blue Ocean Shift is the essential follow-up to Blue Ocean Strategy, the classic and 3.6 million copy global bestseller by world-renowned professors Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne.

Drawing on more than a decade of new research, Blue Ocean Shift is the definitive guide to help you move beyond competing, inspire your people’s confidence, and seize new growth.

• New York Times bestseller
• #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller
• USA Today bestseller
• Los Angeles Times bestseller
• Winner of the Best Strategy and Leadership book 2017
• One of the biggest books of the year by Apple iBooks
• Already being translated into 30 languages

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