Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath Author. Speaker. Consultant.



  • Fantastic Day on Innovation and new Tools in Norway, Part 1


    by Rita McGrath on May 19, 2017 at 2:12 am

    One of the great joys of working with colleagues like Alf Steinar Sætre, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is the opportunity to share ideas and concepts with a variety of audiences. In this case, I was a lead faculty member in an innovative seminar program he runs that mixes executives, master’s degree students and doctoral students, giving everyone an opportunity to participate in the conversation from their different perspectives.  If you can read Norwegian, you will see coverage of the event here. […]



  • An #Innovation Maturity Scale – Where does your organization stand?


    by Rita McGrath on May 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    One of the projects I’ve been working on is to create a set of metrics that organizations can use to measure their level of innovation maturity.  We’re piloting it with my Leading Strategic Growth and Change program which runs next beginning on May 15, in New York City (there is still time to sign up – you bring a real project with you and work on it during the week). The first question in the assessment is “Could you describe your organization’s innovation system?” with responses of no, some aspects, most aspects or yes. How would you answer for  your organization?   […]



  • This month’s newsletter-All about what’s going on in the #grocery store


    by Rita McGrath on May 2, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    It’s ironic – Whole Foods did a great job of teaching all of us that natural and organic are desirable. And for about 30 years, that created a strong, high-margin position for them in the competition to put dinner on your table. Now, though, as I discuss in my recent newsletter, competitors have matched them on the variety of organic material on offer, and beaten them on price.  Transient advantage once more. The newsletter has a look at some of the key trends keeping those in the grocery business up at night, from Amazon experimenting with a bricks-and-mortar format, to the kinds of connections customers expect on social media to the competition that undid Boston Market.   We’ll also talk about what executives in those industries might do in the light of these trends. Later this month, Leading Strategic Growth and Change, my Columbia Executive Education course that features cutting edge practices to drive innovation-led growth, will run.  We have participants registered from all over the world, from really interesting companies in a variety of sectors.  I’ll be there the whole week – looking forward to it! […]



  • Healthcare, Teamwork and more! New newsletter out


    by Rita McGrath on March 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    For those of you in the healthcare field, or worried about healthcare (and who isn’t these days?), you might want to have a look at my latest newsletter, which summarizes some of the themes that I see colleagues and clients wrestling with in that field. It also summarizes some of the outcomes of a team effectiveness workshop that I ran last month, which features the results of some of the new thinking and diagnostics around teamwork. Things really have changed – we now have teams with far more fluid membership, teams that are more far-flung, and teams that are only now beginning to understand the importance of psychological safety. You can access the newsletter on line here. […]



  • Beyond Innovation Theater with Steve Blank and Brian Murray


    by Rita McGrath on January 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    If you couldn’t be there in person for our January 10, 2017 Columbia Entrepreneurship event, here is the video reprise.  It was an amazing conversation and a standing room only crowd!  Have a look and let me know what you think. […]

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