Honors and awards

  • 2016 Theory to Practice award to Dr McGrath from the Vienna Strategy Forum
  • 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award in Strategy from Thinkers50
  • In both 2011 and 2013, Dr McGrath was named one of the top 20 thinkers by Thinkers 50, one of the world’s most prestigious rankings of management thinkers
  • In 2017, Dr McGrath was ranked the #10 most influential leadership thinker in the world by Thinkers50

Dr Rita McGrath

Globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and creating growth under uncertain conditions.

Dr Rita McGrath graduated  Magna Cum Laude  from Barnard College in 1981; in ’82 she earned a Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

In ’93 she completed her Ph.D. at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) with the dissertation, entitled Developing New Competence in Established Organizations consistent with her longstanding interest in corporate ventures and innovation.


Dr Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

She is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013).  She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

Rita is the founder of Techtonic a company focused on helping organizations go beyond innovation theater by developing tools to implement the Discovery Driven Growth approach.

She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Follow Rita on Twitter @rgmcgrath. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com