Hal Gregersen is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Leadership at INSEAD where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, consulting, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver positive, powerful results.
Gregersen's newest book, The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (Harvard Business Review Press), flows from a path-breaking international research project conducted with Jeff Dyer (Wharton/BYU) and Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School). The eight-year study explored the fundamental question of where disruptive innovations come from and what roles senior executives, managers, and employees play in the creation of highly innovative teams and organizations. Gregersen (and colleagues) identified the 100 most innovative companies in the world (based on innovation premium calculations conducted with HOLT at Credit Suisse and published by Forbes) and interviewed their founder entrepreneurs and current CEOs. They also conducted over 5000 Innovator’s DNA survey assessments (self and 360 assessments) of high performing entrepreneurs, managers, and inventors to understand how innovation skills produce new products, services, processes, and businesses. Gregersen is now actively exploring (through interviews and survey assessments) how the same Innovator’s DNA skills can fuel social entrepreneurial success around the world.
Gregersen has co-authored numerous books, including It Starts With One: Changing Individuals Changes Organizations and Global Explorers: The Next Generation of Leaders. He has published over 50 articles, book chapters, and cases on innovation and change in business journals such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Human Resource Management. His research has been highlighted globally on and in media such as Across the Board, Business Week, Chief Executive, CBC, CNBC, CNN, Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, New York Times, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Gregersen has received several awards for researching and teaching excellence, including the 2009 McKinsey Award runner-up for the best article in Harvard Business Review and the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.
Putting his research on leading innovation and change to practice, Gregersen regularly delivers ideas with impact as he consults with senior teams, conducts executive seminars, and delivers keynote speeches on these issues with companies like ADIA (Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund), Adidas, Aramex, Cemex, Christie’s, Coca-Cola, Daimler, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, LG, Lilly, Marriott, Nokia, Philips, PwC, Randstad, Sanofi Aventis, Tong Yang, Twinings, World Economic Forum, & Yahoo! He also works extensively with governments, not-for-profit and NGO organizations, such as Teach for America and Room 13, to generate greater innovation and change capabilities in the rising generation of leaders, particularly women leaders.
Before joining INSEAD, he taught at the London Business School, Tuck School–Dartmouth College, Helsinki School of Economics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy–Tufts University, Brigham Young University, Thunderbird, and Turku School of Economics as a Fulbright Fellow. In 1983 he completed his masters in organizational change from Brigham Young University and in 1989 a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California, Irvine.
Gregersen lives in France and Abu Dhabi where he pursues his lifelong avocation, photography, as part of a global community of social entrepreneurs dedicated to creating positive social change through the arts.