Professor Gordon Hewitt

Professor Gordon Hewitt

Competitive Strategy

Gordon Hewitt, CBE FRSE is Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the Stephen M Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. His interests cover the fields of global competition and the development of new frameworks for creating corporate value and competitive advantage. His many academic awards include the title of Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he started his career. He is also Distinguished Professor of Corporate Strategy at Duke Corporate Education.

As a consultant, he works at Board level with many international corporations. Recently, Gordon and Michigan colleagues CK Prahalad and Dave Ulrich conducted programmes for top executives of the Sony Corporation to develop global strategy for the converging fields of digital technology and entertainment. He has conducted major strategy deployment and educational programmes in corporations such as IBM, Honeywell, Merck, UBS, Intel, PwC, AstraZeneca, Microsoft, National Australia Bank, Texas Instruments, Motorola and Credit Suisse.

Gordon is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on how to compete and create advantage in dynamic, complex markets. Recently he has chaired prestigious meetings of European and American CEOs and Board Chairmen to discuss the future of corporate strategy and corporate governance. He has been Hewlett Packard’s “Masterclass” speaker at the CBI National Business Conference over the past two years. His forthcoming work with CK Prahalad –“Strategy as a Process of Discovery” – redefines the challenge of corporate strategy and corporate value creation in the context of new competitive realities. Gordon was also recently given the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2007 by the International Institute for Management Studies, whose faculty comprise leading academics and practitioners from major universities around the world.

Born and educated in Glasgow, Gordon Hewitt now travels extensively throughout the USA, Asia and Europe. His principal home is still in Scotland, and he is a member of the International Advisory Board of Scottish Enterprise. He is also Chairman of Court at the University of Abertay, Dundee where he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his international reputation in the areas of competitive strategy and executive education. He has represented Scotland as an amateur golfer, and supports charity work for former members of the show business and journalist professions.

Gordon Hewitt was awarded a CBE for services to business in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List. In March 2008, Gordon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters.