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Awards and Accolades

  • Ranked in the Top Ten management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 (2015 and 2013)
  • McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems and in 2016 received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.
  • Received Distinguished Achievement Award for Strategy by Global Management Award Thinkers50 for 2013
  • The End of Competitive Advantage listed as the #1 business book of the year by Strategy+Business Magazine and #1 General Business Book by 800CEOREAD for 2013
  • Elected a “Fellow” of the Strategic Management Society in 2009 in recognition of her impact on the field
  • Elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Management in 2013
  • Elected Dean of the Strategic Management Society Fellows
  • Voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker in 2014
  • Ranked as one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company Magazine
  • Ranked as one of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter by LDRLB
  • Ranked as one of the top 100 people to follow on Twitter by HuffingtonPost

Special Events and Regular Contributions

  • Regular blogger at
  • Listed as one of the Wall Street Journal’s experts
  • Regular contributor to Fortune Magazine
  • Author the column, “The Entrepreneurial Strategist” for Inc. Magazine
  • Moderated a Panel Discussion at the 2013 World Economic Forum entitled “CEO Series: Organizational Agility and Learning in a Complex World”
  • Moderated a Panel Discussion at the 2014 World Economic Forum entitled “Business Model Innovation”


  • “A highly sought after speaker, Rita leaves her audiences with a new-found understanding of what it takes to ensure that their business does not become obsolete.”
  • “Rita has the uncanny ability to cut through the complexity and give clarity in how we must approach strategy, innovation, growth, and building our future.”
  • “By far the most thought provoking seminar. Rita was excellent at presenting her ideas, speaking clearly to a receptive audience.”
  • “I give Rita 100 out of 10. Brilliant content, brilliant delivery – give her two hours next year!”
  • “Great speaker with relevant content and experience of working in real organizations.
  • “Thank you for the thought provoking and lively discussion. We had alums who haven’t attended events in years come out to listen to your point of view.”
  • “The fact that we ran over and had to forcibly eject our guests is reflective of how engaging the conversation was yesterday. I can’t thank you enough.”