Jeff Dyer (Ph.D UCLA) is the Horace Beesley professor of strategy at Brigham Young University as well as professor of strategy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Before becoming a professor he spent five years as a consultant and manager at Bain & Company, a top management consultancy. His book “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators” (July 2011), with Harvard professor Clayton Christensen and MIT professor Hal Gregersen, identifies the behaviors of the world’s best innovators to demonstrate how individuals can enhance their own innovator DNA and increase the innovation capabilities of their organizations. The authors wrote the 2009 article of the same name that was runner-up for the prestigious McKinsey Award for best Harvard Business Review article. The book is a business bestseller, has already been published in more than 13 languages and won the 2011 Innovation Book of the Year Award from Chartered Management Institute. His most recent book (with Nathan Furr) titled, "The Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up Inside Your Organization" (September 2014), is also a bestseller and examines the methods that innovators use to test and validate ideas before launching them in the market.
Beyond his work on innovation, Dyer is the only strategy scholar in the world to have published five times in the Harvard Business Review and five times in Strategic Management Journal, the top academic journal in the strategy field. In 2012 he was ranked the world’s #1 “most influential” management scholar among scholars who completed their Ph.D’s after 1990. This ranking, published in Academy of Management Perspectives, was based upon an equal weighting of academic citations (measuring academic influence) and non.edu Google searches (measuring business influence). His Oxford published book, Collaborative Advantage, won the Shingo Prize Research Award and his Team Building book (with Gibb and William Dyer) is in its 5th edition. His article: “The Relational View: Cooperative Strategy and Sources of Interorganizational Competitive Advantage” was recognized by Science Watch as the 2nd most cited article in economics and business from 1998-2008.
Professor Dyer’s research has been covered in articles at Forbes, The Economist, Fortune, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fast Company and many other publications. Companies such as Adobe, AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, General Mills, Gilead Sciences, Harley Davidson, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Life Technologies, Medtronic and Sony have asked him to give speeches or workshops on innovation and/or strategy.