This fall, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University has initiated the Dean’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series as a forum to present the best in scholarly thought from an array of business disciplines. During this inaugural season, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series will present C.K. Prahalad, Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Prahalad will speak at Mays on October 16 at 10:30 a.m. in Ray Auditorium (113 Wehner). This event is open to the public.

C.K. Prahalad

Prahalad is an educator, entrepreneur, author, and consultant. He has been voted as the most influential living management thinker by Thinkers 50, The Times of London and Suntop Media, and has won the McKinsey prize four times for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

His accomplishments include writing or coauthoring five highly influential books on strategy, including The Multinational Mission, Competing for the Future (hailed as the best business book of the year in 1994), The Future of Competition (voted one of the best business books of the year by Business Week and Strategy + Business in 2004), and The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (voted the top business book of the year by The Economist, Fast Company and editors in 2004). His most recent book is The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value through Global Networks, coauthored with with M.S. Krishnan.

Prahalad studied physics at the University of Madras (now Chenai) before continuing his education in the United States, where he earned a PhD from Harvard. He has received honorary doctorates in economics (University of London), engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology), and business (Tilberg, The Netherlands and Abertay, Scotland). He was a member of the UN Blue Ribbon Commission on Private Sector and Development, which seeks economic reform solutions to create human development.

He is active and prominent as a business consultant, and his clients include some of the world’s leading companies. He sits on the boards of NCR Corporation, Pearson, plc., Hindustan Unilever Limited, TVS Capital, The World Resources Institute (WRI) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).