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Nitin Nohria

"What (Really) Works" Plan by Nitin Nohria

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The book this plan is based on represents a massive research undertaking covering 160 companies. Harvard Business School professor Nitin Nohria teamed with William Joyce of Dartmouth College's Amos Tuck School of Business and Bruce Roberson of McKinsey & Company to figure out which specific management practices have led to superior company performance over time. In a nutshell, the four primary areas for the 4+2 formula were strategy, execution, culture, and structure. These four areas, combined with any two of the following—talent, leadership, innovation, and mergers and partnerships—gave a company a 90 percent edge for emerging as a winner. What Really Works describes how several companies have used these characteristics individually and together; it also suggests that investors should judge companies based on the 4+2 model.

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About the Author

Nitin Nohria became the tenth dean of Harvard Business School on 1 July 2010. He previously served as co-chair of the Leadership Initiative, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, and Head of the Organizational Behavior unit.

His intellectual interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance.

He is co-author or co-editor of 16 books. His most recent, Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, is a compendium dedicated to advancing research on leadership based on a colloquium he organized during HBS’s centennial celebrations.

Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty in July 1988, Dean Nohria received his Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (which honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007). He and his wife live in the Boston area with their two daughters.