John Paul Kotter (born 1947) is a former professor at the Harvard Business School, an author, and now Chief Innovation Officer at Kotter International. He is regarded as an authority on leadership and change.
Early life 
He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1968, then earned a Master of Science from MIT in 1970 , then a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1972 . He is an alumnus of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972 and was given tenure and a full professorship in 1980.
Kotter is the author of 18 books, and his books are in the top 1% of sales from Amazon.com. His international bestseller Leading Change, outlined an actionable, 8-step process for implementing successful transformations. Our Iceberg Is Melting, puts the 8-step process within an allegory. In October 2001, Business Week magazine rated Kotter the #1 "leadership guru" in America based on a survey they conducted of 504 enterprises. In 1996, "Leading Change" was named the #1 management book of the year by Management General. In 1998, his Matsushita Leadership won first place in the Financial Times, Booz-Allen Global Business Book Competition for biography/autobiography.
In addition to Our Iceberg is Melting (2006) and Leading Change (1996), Professor Kotter is the author of The Heart of Change (2002), John P. Kotter on What leaders Really Do (1999), Matsushita Leadership (1997) (which won first place in the Financial Times, Booz-Allen Global Business Book Competition for biography/autobiography, Corporate Culture and Performance (1992), A Force for Change (1990), The Leadership Factor (1988), Power and Influence (1985), The General Managers (1982), and five other books published in the 1970s. He has created two executive videos; one on "Leadership" (1981), and one on "Corporate Culture" (1993), and an educational CD-ROM (1998) based on the Leading Change book. His books have been printed in over seventy foreign language editions, and total sales exceed two million copies.
His educational articles in the Harvard Business Review have sold a million and a half copies, more than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors in the last 20 years.
Today, Professor Kotter is Chief Innovation Officer at Kotter International, an organization which helps companies and large organizations that are ready to implement a new strategy, succeed in getting the acceleration and direction needed to make lasting, large-scale change.
He has received an Exxon Award for Innovation in Graduate Business School Curriculum Design, and a Johnson, Smith & Knisely Award for New Perspectives in Business Leadership.
Personal life 
- Kotter, John P. (1979). Power in Management. Amacom Books. ISBN 0814455077.
- Kotter, John P. (1982). The General Managers.
- Kotter, John P. (1985). Power and Influence.
- Kotter, John P. (1988). The Leadership Factor.
- Kotter, John P. (1990). A Force for Change.
- Kotter, John P. (1992). Corporate Culture and Performance.
- Kotter, John P. (1996). Leading Change. Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 978-0-87584-747-4.
- Kotter, John P. (1997). Matsushita Leadership: Lessons from the 20th Century's Most Remarkable Entrepreneur. New York: The Free Press. ISBN 9780684834603. OCLC 35620432.
- Kotter, John P. (1999). John P. Kotter on What leaders Really Do.
- Kotter, John P. (2002). The Heart of Change.
- Kotter, John P. (2006). Our Iceberg is Melting.
- Kotter, John P. (2008). A Sense of Urgency. United States: Harvard Business School Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4221-7971-0.
- Aiken, Carolyn; Keller, Scott (April 2009). "The Irrational Side of Change Management". The McKinsey Quarterly. McKinsey & Company. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- http://www.kotterinternational.com/AboutUs/Bios/JohnKotter.aspx retrieved February 26, 2011
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