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dlic 2017 jim collinsJim Collins Biography

Stanford University Faculty

Stanford, USA

Faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Man

Described as being resolutely driven by an unremitting inquisitiveness, Jim Collins commenced his research and teaching career as a faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and thereafter received the Distinguished Teaching Award (1992). He brings to DLIC 2017 his experience as a student and teacher of leadership and what makes great companies tick.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences and an MBA from Stanford University. Additionally, he has doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

With more than 25 years’ invested in the comprehensive examination of leadership, he has authored and co-authored six books that sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Collectively, these books highlight:

  • Why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results
  • How some leaders build companies that remain legendary for generations
  • How once-great companies can self-destruct
  • Why some companies thrive in chaos while others don’t
  • The leadership behaviours needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty and dramatic change

Jim has done extensive research on defining characteristics of elite companies, the ability of these companies to sustain greatness and an in-depth examination of the importance of creating a culture of discipline.

He is the founder of a management laboratory in Boulder, California, where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams. This helps in provoking critical thinking as well as drawing out ideas and underlying presumptions.