Knut Haanaes

IMD's Knut Haanaes believes that the secret to creating lasting, impactful companies is to find a balance between doing what you're good at and looking for new challenges to take on.

Why you should listen

What strategy traps repeatedly entice well-meaning companies? Sweet words that lure with a sense of promise and growth, but ultimately fail to deliver again and again? How do we balance exploration and exploitation without falling fully into either ditch?

Knut Haanaes is a professor of strategy and international management at IMD, formerly senior partner and global leader of BCG's strategy practice – where he is still a BCG Fellow. Through his work with clients, Knut has accumulated extensive experience in a number of industries on issues of strategy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics, a PhD in Strategy from the Copenhagen Business School, and has been a visiting scholar at Scancor, Stanford University.

In 2015, together with Martin Reeves and Janmejaya Sinha from BCG, Haanaes published the book Your Strategy Needs a Strategy. The book is already translated into a number of languages.