Discovery-Driven Growth
About the Authors

Rita McGrath and Ian MacMillan co-authored Discovery-Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity (2009). Previously, they co-authored two highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000) and MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005). All are published by Harvard Business Press.

Rita Gunther McGrath

Rita McGrathRita McGrath, an Associate Professor at Columbia Business School in New York, is one of the world’s leading experts on strategic business growth in highly uncertain environments.  She works with both Global 1,000 icons and smaller, fast-growing organizations. Her clients include Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Nokia, Microsoft, AXA Equitable, Novartis, Swiss Re, Glanbia, and ON2 Technologies.  She is a popular speaker and works extensively with senior leadership teams.

McGrath has appeared on television and radio and has been interviewed by numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Businessweek, Inc., and Entrepreneur. She writes actively about strategic growth on her “Dynamic Strategies” blog on  For more information on Rita McGrath, visit

Prior to joining Columbus Business School in 1993, McGrath was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups.  Her Ph.D. is from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  At Columbia, she teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses in strategy and growth. She teaches regularly in Columbia’s top-rated executive education programs, and is the Faculty Director for Leading Strategic Growth and Change, and Creating Strategy, in Tokyo.

McGrath’s articles have appeared in leading business and academic journals including Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and Management Science.

McGrath is a 2009 participant in the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  Enjoy her presentation at Davos’ Ideaslab session here with its accompanying Powerpoint presentation.

Ian C. MacMillan

Ian MacMillanIan MacMillan is the Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is also the Fred Sullivan Professor in the Management Department. Formerly he was Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at New York University and a teacher at Columbia and Northwestern Universities and the University of South Africa. In 1999 he was awarded the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research Prize for his contribution to research in entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the academic world, MacMillan was a chemical engineer and gained experience in gold and uranium mining, chemical and explosives manufacturing, oil refining, and soap and food production; he was also a scientist at the South African Atomic Energy Board. MacMillan has been a director of several companies in the travel, import/export, and pharmaceutical industries. He also has extensive consulting experience with such companies as Air Products, DuPont, General Electric, GTE, IBM, Citibank, Chubb & Son, American Re-Insurance, Texas Instruments, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Fluor Daniel, Matsushita (Japan), Olympus (Japan), and L. G. Group (Korea).

MacMillan’s articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and many other publications.