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Thinkers50 Podcast: The Latest Thinkers50 Ranking

In this Thinkers50 Podcast, Stuart and Des discuss the history of Thinkers50 and they touch on the significance of the 2015 ranking results.

Thinkers50 started in 2001 to scan, rank and share the best management ideas globally. They became, essentially, curators of the greatest management ideas in the world.

The Core beliefs behind the Thinkers50:

  • Ideas have the power to change the world.
  • Management is essential to human affairs.
  • New thinking can create a better future.

Stu and Des discuss previous #1s of the Thinkers50 ranking, which include great thinkers: Peter Drucker, Michael Porter, CK Prahalad, and Clay Christensen. The current #1 is Michael Porter.

The latest ranking signals a rise of a new generation of thinkers, as there are a record number of newcomers (14 to be exact).

One of the new arrivals is Zhang Ruimin of Haier, a great example of a CEO who has a huge appetite for business ideas. He comes in at #38.

Adam Grant is another newcomer. He is the youngest tenured professor from Walton Business School, author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.

Hal Gregersen‘s research, with Clay Christensen, is about how leadership is based fundamentally on listening and questioning. He co-authored The Innovator’s DNA, and also has a Thinkers50 video blog.

Martin Lindstrom, Danish born branding expert, is the author of Buyology and his latest, Small Data. He also has a Thinkers50 video blog.

The latest ranking includes two people from the Lean movement, Eric Ries and Steve Blank.

Whitney Johnson is the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, author of Disrupt Yourself®: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee, author of The Second Machine Age and Race Against the Machine.

Nilofer Merchant won the Radar Award last time. Her latest work has been in “onlyness”.

Amy Cuddy of Harvard Business School has joined the ranks. Her TED talk on body language has been watched by millions of people. New book is Presence.

Jennifer Aaker, Stanford professor, has based her research on time, money, and happiness. She is also the author of The Dragonfly Effect: Quick Effective Powerful Ways to Harness Social Media for Impact.

Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur are the authors of Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want and Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Gamechangers and Challengers. They won the Strategy Award for this latest ranking.

The latest ranking has become more global, as it has included more international thinkers than before. Management used to only be about the business implications—it now involves social entrepreneurs, public sector organizations, and health and education. More women thinkers have been included in this latest ranking, with a great showing in the top 10.

Themes this time around include humanity vs technology and the shift from organizations to individuals.

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