Michael Porter

The father of modern business strategy and the most cited scholar today in economics and business. Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2018.


Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2018.


Ranked #5 in 2017.

Previous positions:

#1 (2015), #7 (2013), #5 (2011), #11 (2009), #4 (2007), #1 (2005), #2 (2002), and #3 (2001).


Recipient of the Thinkers50 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Porter’s “five forces framework” has been the definitive approach to business strategy for decades and is still taught in every business school in the world. His theory of “shared value” has led to a re-evaluation of the role and expectations of capitalism. Porter has devised strategy concepts and economic theory to tackle problems such as market competition, the environment, health care, and economic development. More recently he has demonstrated how new, smart technology will transform competition, with profound implications for society. His 2020 book, The Politics Industry (with Katherine M Gehl), examines America’s dysfunctional political system and identifies concrete action steps to fix it.


Economist, author, speaker, and teacher. Throughout his long career at Harvard Business School, Porter’s work has received numerous academic awards and accolades from universities worldwide. Considered the world’s greatest authority on competitive strategy and international competitiveness, Porter is an adviser to governments and businesses alike. He has served on Fortune 500 public boards and played an active role in US economic policy at the federal and state levels.


The Politics Industry (with Katherine M Gehl, HBR Press, 2020); Redefining German Health Care (with Clemens Guth, Springer, 2012); On Competition, Updated and Expanded Edition (HBS Publishing, 2008); Redefining Health Care (with Elizabeth O Teisberg, HBS Press, 2006); Can Japan Compete (with Hirotaka Takeuchi and M Sakakibara, Basic Books, 2000); Competitive Advantage (New York Free Press 1998); The Competitive Advantage of Nations (New York Free Press, 1990); Competitive Strategy (New York Free Press 1998).


Media picks


“Porter’s influence on modern business thinking has been immense.“

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest and greatest ideas in business, management, and thought leadership.

*mandatory field

Thinkers50 will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide news, updates, and marketing. Please confirm that you agree to have us contact you by clicking below:

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at . We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Privacy Policy Update

Thinkers50 Limited has updated its Privacy Policy on 28 March 2024 with several amendments and additions to the previous version, to fully incorporate to the text information required by current applicable date protection regulation. Processing of the personal data of Thinkers50’s customers, potential customers and other stakeholders has not been changed essentially, but the texts have been clarified and amended to give more detailed information of the processing activities.

Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2023

Join us in celebration of the best in business and management thinking.