Freek Vermeulen is the Term Chair Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, where he teaches on the MBA and Executive levels. He has designed and taught some of the School’s most successful courses such as Strategic Management, General Management, Strategies for Growth, and Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances which, in combination, earned him the School’s “Best Teacher Award”. In addition, he was the first ever recipient of London Business School’s “Excellence in Teaching Award”.
Freek is a much sought-after keynote speaker on company and industry conferences, covering topics such as strategic innovation, managing change, strategies growth, and making strategy happen. Over the years, Freek has acted as an advisor and worked on executive programmes for companies such as BP, EDS, The Guardian, the Fiat Group, IBM, KPMG, Lloyd’s, Maersk, Novartis, PwC, Rabobank, Roche, Sara Lee, ThyssenKrupp, Toshiba, Vodafone, and various others. The Financial Times wrote about Freek: “The London Business School associate professor is a rising star and his pithy observations are both accessible and authoritative”. The same newspaper also described him as a new management guru.
Freek’s research on strategies for growth has been published extensively in highly reputed academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal. As a result, he received the prestigious “Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award”, particularly for his research on international expansion, and the INFORMS/ISA Best Paper Award for his work on organizational learning. In addition, his views on management appeared in global practitioner outlets, such as the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. He also wrote a popular business blog for the Harvard Business Review (called „Strategy Freek“), which was covered in Business Week, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, among others. He now writes a blog for Forbes. In 2015, the Vienna University of Economics and Business honoured Freek with their inaugural “Theory-to-Practice Award”. His book “Business Exposed: The naked truth about what really goes on in the world of business” was WHSmith’s Business Book of the Month and has received much praise in the business press. For example, the Financial Times described it as “ornery and entertaining: a rigorous challenge to many business assumptions” where the Economist labelled it “punchy and readable”. It has been translated in various languages, including Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. His latest book, published by the Harvard Business Review Press, is “Breaking bad habits: Defy industry norms and reinvigorate your business”.
Freek currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategy Science, and the European Management Review. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management and served on the Advisory Council of the Academy of Management Journal. Freek obtained a PhD in business administration (“cum laude”) from Tilburg University and a PhD in Organisation Studies from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.