George Stalk

Partner Emeritus

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George Stalk is a Partner Emeritus at BanyanGlobal. He led Banyan’s strategy practice, which focuses on creating unassailable competitive advantage in family enterprises. For many years, he was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised family and non-family enterprises on developing business strategies. He has consulted to a variety of leading manufacturing, technology, and consumer products companies throughout North and South America, Europe, and throughout Asia. He is considered one of the world’s top strategy consultants. 

Several of George’s books and articles are required reading in many business schools. He co-authored the best-selling book on time-based competition: Competing Against Time and Kaisha: The Japanese Corporation. And he also co-authored Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win? with Banyan Partner, Rob Lachenauer. His Harvard Business Review article on this topic was rated by readers as one of the magazine’s five best articles on strategy in the last ten years. Articles by George have been published by several business publications, including Harvard Business Review, where one of his articles won the McKinsey Award for being the best of its year. He also speaks regularly before business and industry associations on time-based competition and other strategy topics. Business Week identified him as one among a new generation of leading management gurus. He was also listed as one of the top ten consultants by Consulting Magazine. In 2008, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. 

Read George’s “Conversations with Diane” interview on In Praise of Families: A Strategist Takes on New Challenges here.


  • University of Michigan (BS in Mechanical Engineering) 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics) 
  • Harvard University (MBA)