In Praise of C. K. Prahalad

Bagchi
Subroto Bagchi, cofounder and chairman, Mindtree: “C.K. saw the future like no one did. He was gifted by the Goddess of Learning with the ability to connect the dots, going forward. Most people can do it, only looking backwards.” Continue reading…

Adi Ignatius

Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review: “I first met C.K. Prahalad, whom we lost on April 16th at too young an age, in July 2008. I was the deputy managing editor of  Time  magazine, and had organized a discussion in New York City to debate “creative capitalism”— Bill Gates’ idea for spreading the benefits of capitalism to the billions who have been left out. When I’d asked Gates whom he most wanted with him on the panel, the answer had come back at once: C.K. Prahalad, the brilliant strategy thinker at the University of Michigan.” Continue reading…

Susan Berfield, BusinessWeek: “C.K. Prahalad, who died April 16 at 68, was hell-bent on shaking managers free of what he called their “dominant logic”—deeply held assumptions about the world. He was a provocative thinker who regularly came up with startling insights that would send executives scrambling.” Continue reading…

Deepa Prahalad, Prahalad’s Daughter, Drucker Forum Speech: “I remember a conversation with my father as he was refining the original paper that later became the backbone of the book [The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits]. As we debated some of the hard questions, he simply smiled and said, “We’re sitting in comfort and getting frustrated because we can’t understand how to help. But think of the people who are actually living in poverty. How frustrated must they be? But they haven’t given up—and neither should we.” Continue reading…