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Professor

C.K. Prahalad is a world-renowned speaker, educator and consultant whose insights on business strategy are sought by leading companies around the globe. He is the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and is a consultant and board member for numerous leading global corporations.

Background

C.K. Prahalad was born in 1941 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. His father was a well-known Sanskrit scholar and judge in Chennai. At 19, he joined Union Carbide, he was recruited by the manager of the local Union Carbide battery plant after completing his degree in Physics from Loyola College, Chennai, part of the University of Madras. He worked there for four years. Prahalad then went to the Indian Institute of Management, where he fell in love with Gayatri, a young psychology student at a nearby university. After five years spent trying to win their families' approval, the couple married and left for Harvard, where Prahalad wrote a PhD thesis on multinational management.

Career

His career has started with entering Harvard University. At Harvard Business School, Prahalad wrote a doctoral thesis on multinational management in just two and a half years, graduating with a Doctor of Buisiness Administration degree in 1975. After graduating from Harvard, Prahalad returned to his master's degree alma mater, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. But he soon returned to the United States, when in 1977, he was hired by the University of Michigan's School of Business Administration, where he advanced to the top tenured appointment as a full professor. In 2005, Prahalad earned the university's highest distinction, Distinguished University Professor.

Achievements

  • Doctor C.K. Prahalad was ranked as the most influential business thinker in the world and was considered one of the world's top 10 management thinkers. His theory about the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid, is followed by many corporations in emerging markets. C. K. Prahalad is also the co-author of a number of well known works in corporate strategy. He was co-founder and became Chief Executive Officer of Praja Incorporated

Works

  • article

    • The New Frontier of Experience Innovation

    • The end of corporate imperialism

    • Weak signals versus strong paradigms

    • The role of core competencies in the corporation

    • The Core Competence of the Corporation

    • Strategic Intent

    • The Dominant Logic: A New Linkage Between Diversity and Performance

  • book

    • The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profit

    • The Future of Competition: CoCreating Value with Customers

    • Competing for the Future

    • The Multinational Mission, Balancing Global Integration with local Responsiveness

    • Financial Management of Health Institutions.

    • The Management of Health Care

Connections

wife:
Gayatri - India

son:
Murali Krishna

daughter:
Deepa - India - Business strategist
Deepa - daughter of Coimbatore Prahalad

Deepa is a business strategist with experience in a wide range of industries. By 2008, Deepa Prahalad had worked as a management consultant for a range of companies, from start-ups to multinationals. Thus she is the inheritress of her father's business.