John Kotter is the founder of Kotter International, Harvard Business School Professor, and best selling author. Kotter has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Management. In 1972, he earned his Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and immediately joined their faculty as a professor. He served as a tenured professor and was named Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership and served in this position until 2001 when he retired from Harvard Business School.
Kotter is also known for his written works. He has written twenty books and twelve of those have been best sellers. He is most known for his books Leading Change, Our Iceberg is Melting, Buy In, A Sense of Urgency, and Accelerate.
In Leading Change, Kotter sets out a process for change management. The process can be used to help companies make improvements. Kotter’s Eight Steps to Transforming Your Organization include: Establishing a Sense of Urgency, Forming a Power Guiding Coalition, Creating a Vision, Communicating the Vision, Empowering Other to Act on the Vision, Planning for and Creating Short-Term Wins, Consolidating Improvements and Producing Still More Change, and Institutionalizing New Approaches.
In 2011, TIME magazine recognized Leading Change for being one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Business Management Books” of all time. In the book Our Iceberg is Melting, Kotter continues his explanation of the process he introduced in Leading Change.
He currently serves as the chairman of Kotter International, which he co-founded in 2008.