Knut Haanaes

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 Dean of the Global Leadership Institute at the World Economic Forum and professor of strategy and international management at IMD, formerly senior partner and global leader of BCG's strategy practice. Through his work with clients, Haanaes 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 has been translated into a number of languages.

Knut Haanaes’ TED talk