Christopher Meyer (author)

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Christopher Meyer, author

Christopher Meyer (November 28, 1948 - October 23, 2020) is an innovator, business builder, author, founder of Monitor Talent (part of Monitor Group, now Monitor Deloitte), and thought leader on the future of the global economy.[1][2] He is listed as one of the Top 200 Business Gurus in Thomas H. Davenport's book What's the Big Idea? Creating and Capitalizing on the Best New Management Thinking, and was on the cover of Consulting Magazine's June 2001 issue on The Truth About R&D.[3][4] His work is dedicated to anticipating and shaping the future of business.


Meyer holds BAs in both mathematics and economics from Brandeis University, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. In addition, he held a university pre-doctoral fellowship in economics at the University of Pennsylvania.


From 1984 to 1995, Meyer was a vice president and group head at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), where he founded and built the firm's practice in the information industries, comprising telecommunications, hardware, software, and information services and media.

From 1995 until December 2002, Meyer was the director of the Center for Business Innovation at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.[5][6][7][8] He transformed the center from an institutional university model to a networked research capability, anticipating issues from the "global, mobile, always-on" network to the rising importance of intangible assets.[9] While at the center, Meyer also founded and served on the board of BiosGroup, a venture with Santa Fe Institute and Stuart Kauffman that invested in applications of complexity theory to business.[10]

In 2004, Meyer founded and became chief executive of Monitor Networks, a Monitor Group company; in 2006 he founded Monitor Talent, a business based on the view of markets for human capital contained in his book Future Wealth.[11][12][13]

Meyer serves on the boards of Icosystem, the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation, the Business Innovation Factory, and the New Repertory Theatre, and the advisory boards of Innocentive and LaunchCyte.[14][15][16][17][18]


His fourth book, Standing on the Sun - How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere, about how capitalism evolves as the economic center of gravity shifts to low-income, fast-growth, digital-native economies, was published by Harvard Business School Press in February 2012.[19][20][21][22] Seth Godin included Standing on the Sun in his Booklist for 2012. Craig Torres of Bloomberg BusinessWeek says Standing on the Sun is an "insightful look at how the information economy is reshaping companies and economies".

He has previously published three books about adaptive enterprise and network-based innovation, including the BusinessWeek Best Seller Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy, Future Wealth, and It’s Alive: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology and Business.[23][24][25][26][27]

He blogs on the Harvard Business Review site, and has contributed to publications including Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Fast Company, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.[28][29][30]


  1. ^ Information Age. "IT Business and Management Gurus | Thinkers, futurists, and strategists", Information Age, 10 February 2006. Retrieved on 2011-03-16.
  2. ^ Roston, Eric. "Board Of Technologists: High Tech Evolves", Time, 10 June 2002. Retrieved on 2011-03-17.
  3. ^ Davenport, Thomas H., Laurence Prusak, and H. James Wilson. "What's the Big Idea? Creating and Capitalizing on the Best New Management Thinking", Harvard Business Press, April 2003. Retrieved on 2011-03-17.
  4. ^ Radding, Alan. "The Consultant, the Scientist, and the $6 Million Plan", Consulting Magazine, 30 June 2001. Retrieved on 2011-03-18.
  5. ^ Frey, Chuck. "Further details on the fate of the Center for Business Innovation" Archived February 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Innovation Weblog, 6 March 2003. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  6. ^ Center for Business Innovation. "CBI Journal 5: Connected Economy" Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, LeaderValues, May 2000. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Jonathan. "The Omnipresent Persuaders", The Wall Street Journal, 1 January 2000. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  8. ^ COInsight. "Expert Voice: Christopher Meyer on the Accelerating Enterprise", Expert Voices, 2 November 2002. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  9. ^ Berreby, David. "Between Chaos and Order: What Complexity Theory Can Teach Business", strategy+business, 1 April 1996. Retrieved on 2011-03-17.
  10. ^ KurzweilAI. "Christopher Meyer", KurzweilAI, 11 July 2009. Retrieved on 2011-03-17.
  11. ^ Blake, Mel. "Christopher Meyer Profile" Archived 2011-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, Monitor Talent, 2006-2010. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  12. ^ Legatum Center at MIT. "Christopher Meyer" Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine, MIT, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  13. ^ Future Agenda. "Work - Chris Meyer: Future Agenda - A Global Debate" Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, Future Agenda, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-12.
  14. ^ Icosystem. "Icosystem material selected as one of the Top Ten Ideas of 2001 by" Archived 2011-03-18 at the Wayback Machine, Icosystem News Release, 9 January 2002. Retrieved on 2011-03-12.
  15. ^ Business Innovation Factory. "Christopher Meyer | Business Innovation Factory" Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, Business Innovation Factory, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-12.
  16. ^ New Repertory Theatre. "Board of Directors" Archived 2010-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, New Repertory Theatre, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-12.
  17. ^ Innocentive. "Advisory Board | Innocentive" Archived 2011-02-26 at the Wayback Machine, Innocentive, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-12.
  18. ^ Fundación Bankinter de Innovación. "Board of Trustees", Fundación Bankinter de Innovación, 2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  19. ^ Higher Education. "Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere", Harvard Business School Press, 2010. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  20. ^ Meyer, Christopher and Stan Davis. "What Will Replace the Tech Economy", Time, 22 May 2000. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  21. ^ Meyer, Christopher. innovation_08_01_06.htm "BusinessWeek: The Power of Networks", BusinessWeek, 01 August 2006. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  22. ^ Monitor Talent. "Publication List: Christopher Meyer" Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, Monitor Talent, 2006-2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  23. ^ Brown, Paul B. "Book Review: It's a Small World After All; Predicting the future is dangerous work.",, 1 June 2003. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  24. ^ ACM Digital Library. "Blur", ACM Digital Library, 1999. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  25. ^ BusinessWeek Online. "Jerald Greenberg's Book Recommendations", BusinessWeek, 21 March 2003. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  26. ^ Forrest, David. "Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy. By Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer. Perseus Books.", Innovation Watch, 1998. Retrieved on 2011-03-09.
  27. ^ Webber, Alan. "Wealth of Ideas" Archived 2011-01-09 at the Wayback Machine, Fast Company, 31 March 2000. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.
  28. ^ Meyer, Christopher and Julia Kirby. "Chris Meyer & Julia Kirby: Harvard Business Review" Archived 2011-03-14 at the Wayback Machine, Harvard Business Review, 2009-2011. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  29. ^ Meyer, Christopher. "Survival Under Stress", Sloan Management Review, 15 October 2002. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.
  30. ^ Meyer, Christopher. "The Biology of Business " Archived 2010-01-06 at the Wayback Machine, Fast Company, 30 April 2003. Retrieved on 2011-03-07.

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