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The Thinkers50 Ranking

The Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers is published every two years and is the essential guide to which thinkers and which ideas matter now.

Thinkers50 2017 Ranking

#1. Roger Martin

The former dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Martin is a strategy advisor to CEOs worldwide and the author of ten books, including Thinkers 50 award winners Playing to Win (with AG Lafley, HBR Press, 2013) and Getting Beyond Better (with...  

#2. Don Tapscott

The Hammond B3 organist in the band Men in Suits, Don also happens to be one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impacts of technology. He is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, a think tank that regularly advises business...  

#3. Clayton Christensen

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on innovation, Clayton Christensen topped the Thinkers50 in 2011 and 2013. He is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation and growth....  

#4. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne are Professors of Strategy at INSEAD and Co-Directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. They are the authors of the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller Blue Ocean Shift – Beyond...  

#5. Michael Porter

Regarded as the father of modern business strategy, Porter, who has consulted to dozens of corporations and a number of national governments including the UK, returns to the No. 1 slot in 2015 after previously topping the list in 2005. Porter’s influence on business...  

#6. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive educators, coaches, and authors. He is a pioneer in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His success is built upon a very practical, no-nonsense approach to...  

#7. Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Osterwalder and Pigneur are the authors of Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (2014) and Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Gamechangers and Challengers (self-published, 2010). Business Model Generation is...  

Adam Grant #8. Adam Grant

Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and a professional magician. He is the author of the bestseller Give and Take: A...  

#9. Richard D’Aveni

Richard D’Aveni, professor of strategic management at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth University, created the concept of hyper-competition. Most recently his work has looked at commoditization and, in his 2012 book Strategic Capitalism, the competitive clash of...  

#10. Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School Associate Professor, is a globally recognized thought leader and author whose focus is on developing innovation and growth strategies during times of uncertainty. She enables business leaders to see their world through a...  

#11. Daniel Pink

Author, journalist, capturer of the business zeitgeist, Daniel Pink has written several best-selling books. His latest is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (2018). His other books include A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the Future...  

#12. Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He researches and teaches on the effects of information technology on...  

#13. Amy Edmondson

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teaming and organizational learning, and her articles appear in management publications such as Harvard Business Review and...  

#14. Steve Blank

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is credited with launching the Lean Startup Movement, and revolutionizing the practice and teaching of entrepreneurship and innovation. He has redefined how to build successful startups by teaching entrepreneurs how to rapidly search...  

#15. Linda Hill

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, and also chairs the School’s Leadership Initiative. Hill’s latest work is Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (2014). In both...  

#16. Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the bestselling author of The Lean Startup and The Startup Way, released October 2017. His first book has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the creator of the Lean Startup...  

#17. Pankaj Ghemawat

Nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award for his Global Connectedness Index, Ghemawat is based at New York’s Stern school and IESE Business School in Spain. Prior to that he was the youngest full professor at Harvard Business School. His 2011 book...  

#18. Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is best known for popularizing the concept of “Why” in his first Ted Talk in 2009. It is the third most watched talk of all time on TED.com, gathering 33+ million views and subtitled in 45 languages. A trained ethnographer, his work focuses on...  

#19. Richard Florida

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School, Richard Florida is an “urbanist”, as well as a commentator on creativity and innovation. Fast Company described him an “intellectual rock star.” He is the author of The Rise of...  

#20. Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. An authority on leadership and career development, her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015), shows how to step up to a bigger leadership...  

Vijay Govindarajan #21. Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His work is at the intersection of strategy and innovation. His books include Reverse Innovation (with Chris Trimble, 2012). This emerged from a period as GE’s...  

#22. Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities. A bestselling author on innovation and collaborative work, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the 2013 “Future Thinker Award” from Thinkers50, Nilofer reveals new mechanisms...  

#23. Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Professor Finkelstein, a well-known thought leader and speaker on leadership and strategy, has published 23...  

#24. Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Senior Fellow at Innosight. To grasp how leaders can ask catalytic questions – ones that change the world – Gregersen studied 200+ renowned...  

#25. Hermann Simon

Hermann Simon is Honorary Chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners. He is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing. He was a professor at the Universities of Mainz and Bielefeld, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business...  

#26. Zhang Ruimin

Zhang Ruimin is Chairman and CEO of Haier Group. In 1984, Zhang Ruimin became Director of the Qingdao Refrigerator Factory, the predecessor of Haier. Over more than 30 years, he has turned a small collectively-owned factory with a 1.47m Yuan loss into a global...  

#27. Subir Chowdhury

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on quality and process improvements, Subir Chowdhury is the #1 international bestselling author on SIX SIGMA philosophy. Hailed by The New York Times as a “leading Quality expert,” and by Business Week as “the Quality Prophet”,...  

#28. Anil Gupta & Haiyan Wang

Anil Gupta and Haiyan Wang have coauthored several highly influential books including The Quest for Global Dominance, Getting China and India Right, and The Silk Road Rediscovered. Anil K. Gupta is the Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy and Globalization at The...  

#29. Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School and leader of the Future of Work research consortium. Her most recent book, The Shift (2011), explores the changing patterns of work affecting people worldwide and earned her a place on the...  

#30. Whitney Johnson

Former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to...  

Jim Collins #31. Jim Collins

Jim Collins, a former Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty member, founded a management laboratory in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado in 1995. He is best known for his books on what makes companies long-lived and great: Built to Last (with Jerry Porras,...  

Gary Hamel #32. Gary Hamel

Best known for Competing for the Future (1996) – co-authored with the late CK Prahalad – Gary Hamel is a visiting professor at London Business School. He champions the need for a revolution in management through the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) and through his...  

#33. Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a marketing expert who has pioneered numerous online marketing techniques. His 18 bestselling books cover a range of subjects from the post-industrial revolution to being remarkable; and from the spread of ideas to knowing when to quit. He also writes...  

#34. Scott D. Anthony

Scott D. Anthony is the Managing Partner of Innosight. Based in the firm’s Singapore offices since 2010, he has led Innosight’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). He is one of Harvard Business...  

#35. Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best...  

#36. Martin Lindstrom

Martin Lindstrom is a Danish born branding expert. Whilst still a teenager he created his own Lego land in his backgarden, prompting a visit from the Lego’s lawyers that subsequently led to a long and productive consulting relationship with the company. Lindstrom was...  

Tammy Erickson #37. Tammy Erickson

Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected expert on collaboration and innovation, the changing workforce, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has three-times...  

#38. Stew Friedman

Stew Friedman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is the Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been since 1984. He is an award-winning teacher (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires...  

#39. Erin Meyer

INSEAD professor and author of The Culture Map (Public Affairs, 2014) and articles in the Harvard Business Review. Meyer was winner of the 2015 Thinkers50 Radar Award. Meyer was named the June 2014 RADAR Thinker of the...  

#40. Susan David

David is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and is co-founder of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital. She is the author of Emotional Agility (Penguin, 2016), which Harvard Business Review rated as one of its Management Ideas of the Year. Originally...  

#41. Morten Hansen

Morten T. Hansen is the author of the forthcoming book Great at Work. Drawing on an original study of 5,000 managers and employees, it shows how top performers work less and achieve more, and by so doing provides a new theory of professional productivity.  The...  

#42. Henry Chesbrough

Henry Chesbrough has written extensively on the topic of innovation, and he is best known for his work on open innovation, a term that he helped popularize. An adjunct professor, and executive director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business,...  

#43. Amy Cuddy

Few thinkers embody the new era of thinking better than Amy Cuddy.  She has a compelling personal story, but also has a powerful habit of tapping into the zeitgeist and accessing the latest research to shed light on how people behave in the real world. Measures of...  

#44. Jennifer Aaker

A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness: specifically she studies how individuals chose to spend their time and money, and...  

#45. Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at London Business School.  He is a leading authority on disruption and renewal in large established firms, and he consults to executives around the world on these issues. He has written...  

Photo of Rachel Botsman #46. Rachel Botsman

Co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live (Harper Collins, 2010), author of Who Can You Trust (Forthcoming, Penguin 2017) and a visiting lecturer at Saïd Business School, Botsman’s TED talks on how technology changes...  

Gianpiero Petriglieri #47. Gianpiero Petriglieri

A psychiatrist by training, Gianpiero is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. His award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. He is particularly concerned with leadership and learning in the...  

#48. David Burkus

David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and management professor. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers. His...  

#49. Francesca Gino

An award-winning teacher and researcher, Gino is a professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, motivation,...  

#50. Heidi Grant

Dr. Heidi Grant is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation.  She is the Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University, Senior Scientist for the Neuroleadership Institute, and author of...  

Thinkers50 2015 Ranking

The complete press release provides additional analysis of the 2015 results.

#1. Michael Porter

Regarded as the father of modern business strategy, Porter, who has consulted to dozens of corporations and a number of national governments including the UK, returns to the No. 1 slot in 2015 after previously topping the list in 2005. Porter’s influence on business...  

#2. Clayton Christensen

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on innovation, Clayton Christensen topped the Thinkers50 in 2011 and 2013. He is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation and growth....  

#3. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne are Professors of Strategy at INSEAD and Co-Directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. They are the authors of the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller Blue Ocean Shift – Beyond...  

#4. Don Tapscott

The Hammond B3 organist in the band Men in Suits, Don also happens to be one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impacts of technology. He is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, a think tank that regularly advises business...  

#5. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive educators, coaches, and authors. He is a pioneer in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His success is built upon a very practical, no-nonsense approach to...  

#6. Linda Hill

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, and also chairs the School’s Leadership Initiative. Hill’s latest work is Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (2014). In both...  

#7. Roger Martin

The former dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Martin is a strategy advisor to CEOs worldwide and the author of ten books, including Thinkers 50 award winners Playing to Win (with AG Lafley, HBR Press, 2013) and Getting Beyond Better (with...  

#8. Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. An authority on leadership and career development, her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015), shows how to step up to a bigger leadership...  

#9. Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School Associate Professor, is a globally recognized thought leader and author whose focus is on developing innovation and growth strategies during times of uncertainty. She enables business leaders to see their world through a...  

#10. Daniel Pink

Author, journalist, capturer of the business zeitgeist, Daniel Pink has written several best-selling books. His latest is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (2018). His other books include A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the Future...  

#11. Richard D’Aveni

Richard D’Aveni, professor of strategic management at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth University, created the concept of hyper-competition. Most recently his work has looked at commoditization and, in his 2012 book Strategic Capitalism, the competitive clash of...  

#12. Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the bestselling author of The Lean Startup and The Startup Way, released October 2017. His first book has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the creator of the Lean Startup...  

Vijay Govindarajan #13. Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His work is at the intersection of strategy and innovation. His books include Reverse Innovation (with Chris Trimble, 2012). This emerged from a period as GE’s...  

#14. Richard Florida

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School, Richard Florida is an “urbanist”, as well as a commentator on creativity and innovation. Fast Company described him an “intellectual rock star.” He is the author of The Rise of...  

#15. Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Osterwalder and Pigneur are the authors of Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (2014) and Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Gamechangers and Challengers (self-published, 2010). Business Model Generation is...  

#16. Amy Edmondson

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teaming and organizational learning, and her articles appear in management publications such as Harvard Business Review and...  

#17. Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is well known for his work on resource dependence theory, and more recently on evidence based management. Most recently, in Power: Why...  

#18. Martin Lindstrom

Martin Lindstrom is a Danish born branding expert. Whilst still a teenager he created his own Lego land in his backgarden, prompting a visit from the Lego’s lawyers that subsequently led to a long and productive consulting relationship with the company. Lindstrom was...  

#19. Pankaj Ghemawat

Nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award for his Global Connectedness Index, Ghemawat is based at New York’s Stern school and IESE Business School in Spain. Prior to that he was the youngest full professor at Harvard Business School. His 2011 book...  

#20. Steve Blank

Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank is credited with launching the Lean Startup Movement, and revolutionizing the practice and teaching of entrepreneurship and innovation. He has redefined how to build successful startups by teaching entrepreneurs how to rapidly search...  

#21. Teresa Amabile

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and also a director of research at the School. Her most recent book is The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite...  

#22. Daniel Goleman

Author, psychologist, and science journalist, Daniel Goleman is best known as the champion of Emotional Intelligence. Among the most influential management thinkers in recent decades, Goleman previously wrote for The New York Times, specializing in psychology and...  

#23. Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a marketing expert who has pioneered numerous online marketing techniques. His 18 bestselling books cover a range of subjects from the post-industrial revolution to being remarkable; and from the spread of ideas to knowing when to quit. He also writes...  

#24. Henry Chesbrough

Henry Chesbrough has written extensively on the topic of innovation, and he is best known for his work on open innovation, a term that he helped popularize. An adjunct professor, and executive director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business,...  

Adam Grant #25. Adam Grant

Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver, and a professional magician. He is the author of the bestseller Give and Take: A...  

#26. Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He researches and teaches on the effects of information technology on...  

Dave Ulrich #27. David Ulrich

Dave Ulrich, a professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan, has a prodigious output of HR, leadership, and organization related publications. These include more than 20 books. In The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant...  

Jim Collins #28. Jim Collins

Jim Collins, a former Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty member, founded a management laboratory in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado in 1995. He is best known for his books on what makes companies long-lived and great: Built to Last (with Jerry Porras,...  

#29. Stew Friedman

Stew Friedman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is the Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been since 1984. He is an award-winning teacher (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires...  

Gary Hamel #30. Gary Hamel

Best known for Competing for the Future (1996) – co-authored with the late CK Prahalad – Gary Hamel is a visiting professor at London Business School. He champions the need for a revolution in management through the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) and through his...  

#31. Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School and leader of the Future of Work research consortium. Her most recent book, The Shift (2011), explores the changing patterns of work affecting people worldwide and earned her a place on the...  

#32. Sylvia Ann Hewlett

An economist and founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a non-profit think-tank, Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the author or co-author of 11 books. Her most recent is Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (2013).  

#33. Fons Trompenaars

The Dutchman Fons Trompenaars is the author of the award winning Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business (with Charles Hampden-Turner, 1994). The bestseller helped put issues of culture centre stage as business globalized. He has...  

#34. Morten Hansen

Morten T. Hansen is the author of the forthcoming book Great at Work. Drawing on an original study of 5,000 managers and employees, it shows how top performers work less and achieve more, and by so doing provides a new theory of professional productivity.  The...  

Tammy Erickson #35. Tammy Erickson

Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected expert on collaboration and innovation, the changing workforce, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has three-times...  

#36. Jennifer Aaker

A social psychologist, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness: specifically she studies how individuals chose to spend their time and money, and...  

#37. John Kotter

John Kotter is a world-recognized expert on change management and leadership. He is the Konosuke Matsushita emeritus professor of leadership at Harvard Business School, and co-founder of consultancy Kotter International. His books include A Force for Change (1990),...  

#38. Zhang Ruimin

Zhang Ruimin is Chairman and CEO of Haier Group. In 1984, Zhang Ruimin became Director of the Qingdao Refrigerator Factory, the predecessor of Haier. Over more than 30 years, he has turned a small collectively-owned factory with a 1.47m Yuan loss into a global...  

#39. Subir Chowdhury

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on quality and process improvements, Subir Chowdhury is the #1 international bestselling author on SIX SIGMA philosophy. Hailed by The New York Times as a “leading Quality expert,” and by Business Week as “the Quality Prophet”,...  

#40. Nirmalya Kumar

Nirmalya Kumar is Lee Kong Chian Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University & Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute at INSEAD. He is also the author of Private Label Strategy and India Inside, among others. His most recent book is Brand...  

#41. Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Professor Finkelstein, a well-known thought leader and speaker on leadership and strategy, has published 23...  

#42. Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at London Business School.  He is a leading authority on disruption and renewal in large established firms, and he consults to executives around the world on these issues. He has written...  

#43. Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best...  

Doug Ready #44. Doug Ready

Doug Ready is the founder and CEO of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research and senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His articles in the Harvard Business Review  have set the agenda for talent, leadership and strategic change...  

#45. Umair Haque

Umair Haque is a London-based consultant. He is director of Havas Media Lab, founder of Bubblegeneration and frequent tweeter and contributor to the online Harvard Business Review. Haque’s initial training was in neuroscience. He studied at McGill University in...  

#46. Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Senior Fellow at Innosight. To grasp how leaders can ask catalytic questions – ones that change the world – Gregersen studied 200+ renowned...  

Anil K Gupta #47. Anil Gupta

Anil K. Gupta is the Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy and Globalization at The University of Maryland at College Park. He is the author of several highly influential books including The Quest for Global Dominance, Getting China and India Right, and The Silk Road...  

#48. Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities. A bestselling author on innovation and collaborative work, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the 2013 “Future Thinker Award” from Thinkers50, Nilofer reveals new mechanisms...  

#49. Whitney Johnson

Former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to...  

#50. Amy Cuddy

Few thinkers embody the new era of thinking better than Amy Cuddy.  She has a compelling personal story, but also has a powerful habit of tapping into the zeitgeist and accessing the latest research to shed light on how people behave in the real world. Measures of...  

Thinkers50 2013 Ranking

#1. Clayton Christensen

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on innovation, Clayton Christensen topped the Thinkers50 in 2011 and 2013. He is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation and growth....  

#2. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne are Professors of Strategy at INSEAD and Co-Directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. They are the authors of the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller Blue Ocean Shift – Beyond...  

#3. Roger Martin

The former dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Martin is a strategy advisor to CEOs worldwide and the author of ten books, including Thinkers 50 award winners Playing to Win (with AG Lafley, HBR Press, 2013) and Getting Beyond Better (with...  

#4. Don Tapscott

The Hammond B3 organist in the band Men in Suits, Don also happens to be one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impacts of technology. He is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, a think tank that regularly advises business...  

#5. Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His work is at the intersection of strategy and innovation. His books include Reverse Innovation (with Chris Trimble, 2012). This emerged from a period as GE’s...  

#6. Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School Associate Professor, is a globally recognized thought leader and author whose focus is on developing innovation and growth strategies during times of uncertainty. She enables business leaders to see their world through a...  

#7. Michael Porter

Regarded as the father of modern business strategy, Porter, who has consulted to dozens of corporations and a number of national governments including the UK, returns to the No. 1 slot in 2015 after previously topping the list in 2005. Porter’s influence on business...  

#8. Linda Hill

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, and also chairs the School’s Leadership Initiative. Hill’s latest work is Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (2014). In both...  

#9. Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. An authority on leadership and career development, her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015), shows how to step up to a bigger leadership...  

#10. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive educators, coaches, and authors. He is a pioneer in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His success is built upon a very practical, no-nonsense approach to...  

#11. Pankaj Ghemawat

Nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award for his Global Connectedness Index, Ghemawat is based at New York’s Stern school and IESE Business School in Spain. Prior to that he was the youngest full professor at Harvard Business School. His 2011 book...  

#12. Jim Collins

Jim Collins, a former Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty member, founded a management laboratory in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado in 1995. He is best known for his books on what makes companies long-lived and great: Built to Last (with Jerry Porras,...  

#13. Daniel Pink

Author, journalist, capturer of the business zeitgeist, Daniel Pink has written several best-selling books. His latest is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (2018). His other books include A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the Future...  

#14. Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School and leader of the Future of Work research consortium. Her most recent book, The Shift (2011), explores the changing patterns of work affecting people worldwide and earned her a place on the...  

#15. Amy Edmondson

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teaming and organizational learning, and her articles appear in management publications such as Harvard Business Review and...  

#16. Sylvia Ann Hewlett

An economist and founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a non-profit think-tank, Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the author or co-author of 11 books. Her most recent is Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (2013).  

#17. Richard D’Aveni

Richard D’Aveni, professor of strategic management at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth University, created the concept of hyper-competition. Most recently his work has looked at commoditization and, in his 2012 book Strategic Capitalism, the competitive clash of...  

#18. Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is best known for his work on “strengths” – the idea that it is more productive to focus on a person’s strengths rather than their weaknesses. He is the founder and CEO of the eponymous Marcus Buckingham Company. His books include First, Break...  

#19. Gary Hamel

Best known for Competing for the Future (1996) – co-authored with the late CK Prahalad – Gary Hamel is a visiting professor at London Business School. He champions the need for a revolution in management through the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) and through his...  

#20. Nirmalya Kumar

Nirmalya Kumar is Lee Kong Chian Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University & Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute at INSEAD. He is also the author of Private Label Strategy and India Inside, among others. His most recent book is Brand...  

#21. Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria is the dean of Harvard Business School. Prolific and insightful, his books include Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices (2001); The Arc of Ambition (with Jim Champy, 2000); and What Really Works: The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success (with...  

#22. Teresa Amabile

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and also a director of research at the School. Her most recent book is The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite...  

#23. Richard Rumelt

Shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Strategy Award, Richard Rumelt is the Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair in Business and Society at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Rumelt has been described as the “strategist’s strategist.” His most recent book is Good Strategy/Bad...  

#24. Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is well known for his work on resource dependence theory, and more recently on evidence based management. Most recently, in Power: Why...  

#25. Richard Florida

Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School, Richard Florida is an “urbanist”, as well as a commentator on creativity and innovation. Fast Company described him an “intellectual rock star.” He is the author of The Rise of...  

#26. A.G. Lafley

The chairman, president, and CEO of Procter & Gamble, Lafley led the company’s renaissance and then retired in 2010. At that point the former management consultant concentrated on thought leadership. He co-authored the bestseller Playing to Win (with Roger...  

#27. Stew Friedman

Stew Friedman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is the Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been since 1984. He is an award-winning teacher (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires...  

#28. Morten Hansen

Morten T. Hansen is the author of the forthcoming book Great at Work. Drawing on an original study of 5,000 managers and employees, it shows how top performers work less and achieve more, and by so doing provides a new theory of professional productivity.  The...  

#29. Tammy Erickson

Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected expert on collaboration and innovation, the changing workforce, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has three-times...  

#30. David Ulrich

Dave Ulrich, a professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan, has a prodigious output of HR, leadership, and organization related publications. These include more than 20 books. In The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant...  

#31. Liu Chuanzhi

The Chairman of Legend Holdings Limited, and the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Lenovo Group Limited, Liu Chuanzhi started the business with a $24,000 loan from the Chinese government in 1984. His leadership emphasizes the core management team, strategy and...  

#32. John Kotter

John Kotter is a world-recognized expert on change management and leadership. He is the Konosuke Matsushita emeritus professor of leadership at Harvard Business School, and co-founder of consultancy Kotter International. His books include A Force for Change (1990),...  

#33. Chip Heath & Dan Heath

A brotherly thought leadership double act, Chip and Dan Heath are authors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (2007); Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (2010); and Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work (2013). Chip...  

#34. Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (2013) by Facebook COO Sandberg has re-ignited the debate about how women can best succeed in the workplace. Central to Sandberg’s argument is the idea of leaning in, creating a virtuous circle of proving your worth and then...  

#35. Umair Haque

Umair Haque is a London-based consultant. He is director of Havas Media Lab, founder of Bubblegeneration and frequent tweeter and contributor to the online Harvard Business Review. Haque’s initial training was in neuroscience. He studied at McGill University in...  

#36. Daniel Goleman

Author, psychologist, and science journalist, Daniel Goleman is best known as the champion of Emotional Intelligence. Among the most influential management thinkers in recent decades, Goleman previously wrote for The New York Times, specializing in psychology and...  

#37. Henry Chesbrough

Henry Chesbrough has written extensively on the topic of innovation, and he is best known for his work on open innovation, a term that he helped popularize. An adjunct professor, and executive director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business,...  

#38. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Change, leadership and responsible capitalism have been themes throughout the work of Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School and Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. Formerly editor of...  

#39. Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at London Business School.  He is a leading authority on disruption and renewal in large established firms, and he consults to executives around the world on these issues. He has written...  

#40. Subir Chowdhury

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on quality and process improvements, Subir Chowdhury is the #1 international bestselling author on SIX SIGMA philosophy. Hailed by The New York Times as a “leading Quality expert,” and by Business Week as “the Quality Prophet”,...  

#41. Fons Trompenaars

The Dutchman Fons Trompenaars is the author of the award winning Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business (with Charles Hampden-Turner, 1994). The bestseller helped put issues of culture centre stage as business globalized. He has...  

#42. Chris Zook

A partner at Bain & Co. where he leads its Global Strategy Practice, Zook’s books include the Profit from the Core trilogy and Repeatability (2012) which argues that complexity is a silent killer of profitable growth, while  successful companies endure by...  

#43. Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Professor Finkelstein, a well-known thought leader and speaker on leadership and strategy, has published 23...  

#44. Anil Gupta

Anil K. Gupta is the Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy and Globalization at The University of Maryland at College Park. He is the author of several highly influential books including The Quest for Global Dominance, Getting China and India Right, and The Silk Road...  

#45. Andrew Kakabadse

Now based at Henley Business School in the UK, Andrew Kakabadse is one of the world’s leading experts on top teams, boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. His top team database covers 17 nations and his board studies span 14 countries. His most recent...  

#46. Rakesh Khurana

Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower professor of leadership development at Harvard Business School, Khurana is probably best known for Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs (2002) and his 2007 book From Higher Aims to Hired Hands:...  

#47. Celia De Anca

Professor of Global Diversity at Spain’s IE Business School, Celia de Anca’s work is in an intriguing sweet spot. It covers both emerging forms of finance – such as Islamic finance – and the social and cultural dynamics at work in globalization. A fluent Arab speaker,...  

#48. Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best...  

#49. Doug Ready

Doug Ready is the founder and CEO of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research and senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His articles in the Harvard Business Review  have set the agenda for talent, leadership and strategic change...  

#50. Wang Shi

A mountaineer who has scaled Everest as well as many of the world’s other great peaks, Wang Shi is founder and chairman of Vanke, the world’s largest residential home developer.  He has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard, led China’s first and largest...  

Thinkers50 2011 Ranking

#1. Clayton Christensen

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on innovation, Clayton Christensen topped the Thinkers50 in 2011 and 2013. He is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation and growth....  

#2. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne are Professors of Strategy at INSEAD and Co-Directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. They are the authors of the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller Blue Ocean Shift – Beyond...  

#3. Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His work is at the intersection of strategy and innovation. His books include Reverse Innovation (with Chris Trimble, 2012). This emerged from a period as GE’s...  

#4. Jim Collins

Jim Collins, a former Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty member, founded a management laboratory in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado in 1995. He is best known for his books on what makes companies long-lived and great: Built to Last (with Jerry Porras,...  

#5. Michael Porter

Regarded as the father of modern business strategy, Porter, who has consulted to dozens of corporations and a number of national governments including the UK, returns to the No. 1 slot in 2015 after previously topping the list in 2005. Porter’s influence on business...  

#6. Roger Martin

The former dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Martin is a strategy advisor to CEOs worldwide and the author of ten books, including Thinkers 50 award winners Playing to Win (with AG Lafley, HBR Press, 2013) and Getting Beyond Better (with...  

#7. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive educators, coaches, and authors. He is a pioneer in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. His success is built upon a very practical, no-nonsense approach to...  

#8. Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is best known for his work on “strengths” – the idea that it is more productive to focus on a person’s strengths rather than their weaknesses. He is the founder and CEO of the eponymous Marcus Buckingham Company. His books include First, Break...  

#9. Don Tapscott

The Hammond B3 organist in the band Men in Suits, Don also happens to be one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impacts of technology. He is the CEO of The Tapscott Group, a think tank that regularly advises business...  

#10. Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is an award winning staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. He is also the author of several best-selling books. In The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000) Gladwell observed parallels between the spread of infectious...  

#11. Sylvia Ann Hewlett

An economist and founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a non-profit think-tank, Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the author or co-author of 11 books. Her most recent is Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (2013).  

#12. Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School and leader of the Future of Work research consortium. Her most recent book, The Shift (2011), explores the changing patterns of work affecting people worldwide and earned her a place on the...  

#13. Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria is the dean of Harvard Business School. Prolific and insightful, his books include Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices (2001); The Arc of Ambition (with Jim Champy, 2000); and What Really Works: The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success (with...  

#14. Robert Kaplan & David Norton

Robert Kaplan and David Norton are best known as the originators of the Balanced Scorecard, a strategic management tool that links a company’s current actions with its long-term goals. The Balanced Scorecard is one of the most successful and widely used...  

#15. Gary Hamel

Best known for Competing for the Future (1996) – co-authored with the late CK Prahalad – Gary Hamel is a visiting professor at London Business School. He champions the need for a revolution in management through the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) and through his...  

#16. Linda Hill

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, and also chairs the School’s Leadership Initiative. Hill’s latest work is Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (2014). In both...  

#17. Seth Godin

Seth Godin is a marketing expert who has pioneered numerous online marketing techniques. His 18 bestselling books cover a range of subjects from the post-industrial revolution to being remarkable; and from the spread of ideas to knowing when to quit. He also writes...  

#18. Teresa Amabile

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and also a director of research at the School. Her most recent book is The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite...  

#19. Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School Associate Professor, is a globally recognized thought leader and author whose focus is on developing innovation and growth strategies during times of uncertainty. She enables business leaders to see their world through a...  

#20. Richard Rumelt

Shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Strategy Award, Richard Rumelt is the Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair in Business and Society at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Rumelt has been described as the “strategist’s strategist.” His most recent book is Good Strategy/Bad...  

#21. Richard D’Aveni

Richard D’Aveni, professor of strategic management at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth University, created the concept of hyper-competition. Most recently his work has looked at commoditization and, in his 2012 book Strategic Capitalism, the competitive clash of...  

#22. Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is well known for his work on resource dependence theory, and more recently on evidence based management. Most recently, in Power: Why...  

#23. David Ulrich

Dave Ulrich, a professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan, has a prodigious output of HR, leadership, and organization related publications. These include more than 20 books. In The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant...  

#24. Tom Peters

Born in Baltimore in 1942 “with a lacrosse stick in one hand and oars over my shoulder,” Peters resided in California, mainly Silicon Valley [where he was on a list of “100 most powerful people in Silicon Valley”], from 1965–2000. He is a civil engineering graduate of...  

#25. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Change, leadership and responsible capitalism have been themes throughout the work of Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School and Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. Formerly editor of...  

#26. Nirmalya Kumar

Nirmalya Kumar is Lee Kong Chian Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University & Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute at INSEAD. He is also the author of Private Label Strategy and India Inside, among others. His most recent book is Brand...  

#27. Pankaj Ghemawat

Nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award for his Global Connectedness Index, Ghemawat is based at New York’s Stern school and IESE Business School in Spain. Prior to that he was the youngest full professor at Harvard Business School. His 2011 book...  

#28. Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. An authority on leadership and career development, her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015), shows how to step up to a bigger leadership...  

#29. Daniel Pink

Author, journalist, capturer of the business zeitgeist, Daniel Pink has written several best-selling books. His latest is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (2018). His other books include A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the Future...  

#30. Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University in Montreal. His work has focused on the work of the manager, and how managers are trained and developed. The author or co-author of 15 books,...  

#31. Costas Markides

Costas Markides is professor of strategic and international management and holds the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at the London Business School. A continual thread running through Markides’ work is innovation in its many forms. He advocates...  

#32. Thomas Friedman

Triple Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman is best known for his work on globalization and as an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. Friedman sees globalization as an international system, which replaced the Cold War as a means of organizing the world. In his...  

#33. Tammy Erickson

Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected expert on collaboration and innovation, the changing workforce, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has three-times...  

#34. John Kotter

John Kotter is a world-recognized expert on change management and leadership. He is the Konosuke Matsushita emeritus professor of leadership at Harvard Business School, and co-founder of consultancy Kotter International. His books include A Force for Change (1990),...  

#35. Amy Edmondson

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. She teaches and writes on leadership, teaming and organizational learning, and her articles appear in management publications such as Harvard Business Review and...  

#36. Kjell Nordström & Jonas Ridderstråle

Jonas Ridderstråle, a visiting professor at IE Business School and Ashridge Business School, and economist and writer Kjell Nordström, first achieved fame as the authors of Funky Business – Talent Makes Capital Dance (1999). Ridderstråle and Nordström were awarded...  

#37. Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University. He gained worldwide recognition in the early 1980s for his theory of...  

#38. Henry Chesbrough

Henry Chesbrough has written extensively on the topic of innovation, and he is best known for his work on open innovation, a term that he helped popularize. An adjunct professor, and executive director of the Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business,...  

#39. Daniel Goleman

Author, psychologist, and science journalist, Daniel Goleman is best known as the champion of Emotional Intelligence. Among the most influential management thinkers in recent decades, Goleman previously wrote for The New York Times, specializing in psychology and...  

#40. Vineet Nayar

Vineet Nayar is the vice chairman and CEO of HCL Technologies, a global information technology services company based in India. Nayar’s success has been fuelled by his unconventional management philosophy of putting his employees first, and customers second. By...  

#41. Rakesh Khurana

Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower professor of leadership development at Harvard Business School, Khurana is probably best known for Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs (2002) and his 2007 book From Higher Aims to Hired Hands:...  

#42. Fons Trompenaars

The Dutchman Fons Trompenaars is the author of the award winning Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business (with Charles Hampden-Turner, 1994). The bestseller helped put issues of culture centre stage as business globalized. He has...  

#43. Ken Robinson

Los Angeles-based Sir Ken Robinson spent twelve years, in a previous life, as a professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK. He is now professor emeritus and speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and...  

#44. Andrew Kakabadse

Now based at Henley Business School in the UK, Andrew Kakabadse is one of the world’s leading experts on top teams, boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. His top team database covers 17 nations and his board studies span 14 countries. His most recent...  

#45. Stew Friedman

Stew Friedman (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is the Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been since 1984. He is an award-winning teacher (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires...  

#46. Adrian Slywotzky

Adrian Slywotzky is a consultant and author of several books on economic theory and management. He is best known for his work on profitability and growth, and for pioneering the concept of business design and business model innovation. Slywotzky’s books include: Value...  

#47. Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey is best known for his 1989 book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The modern equivalent of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, Covey’s book has sold over 15 million copies in 38 languages, and was on the New York Times...  

#48. Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar is the S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, and research director of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business. Iyengar is best known for her work on choice. She received the Best Dissertation Award from the Society...  

#49. Umair Haque

Umair Haque is a London-based consultant. He is director of Havas Media Lab, founder of Bubblegeneration and frequent tweeter and contributor to the online Harvard Business Review. Haque’s initial training was in neuroscience. He studied at McGill University in...  

#50. Subir Chowdhury

One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on quality and process improvements, Subir Chowdhury is the #1 international bestselling author on SIX SIGMA philosophy. Hailed by The New York Times as a “leading Quality expert,” and by Business Week as “the Quality Prophet”,...  

Thinkers50 2009 Ranking

#1. CK Prahalad (1)

#2. Malcolm Gladwell (18)

#3. Paul Krugman (-)

#4. Steve Jobs (29)

#5. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (6)

#6. Muhammad Yunus (-)

#7. Bill Gates (2)

#8. Richard Branson (9)

#9. Philip Kotler (11)

#10. Gary Hamel (5)

#11. Michael Porter (4)

#12. Ratan Tata (-)

#13. Ram Charan (22)

#14. Marshall Goldsmith (34)

#15. S. (Kris) Gopalakrishnan (-)

#16. Howard Gardner (39)

#17. Jim Collins (10)

#18. Lynda Gratton (19)

#19. Tom Peters (7)

#20. Jack Welch (8)

#21. Eric Schmidt (-)

#22. Joseph Stiglitz (-)

#23. Kjell Nordström & Jonas Ridderstråle (13)

#24. Vijay Govindarajan (23)

#25. Marcus Buckingham (38)

#26. Richard D’Aveni (46)

#27. Rosabeth Moss Kanter (28)

#28. Clayton Christensen (25)

#29. Stephen Covey (15)

#30. Thomas Friedman (26)

#31. David Ulrich (42)

#32. Roger Martin (-)

#33. Henry Mintzberg (16)

#34. Daniel Goleman (37)

#35. Chris Anderson (-)

#36. Warren Bennis (24)

#37. Robert Kaplan & David Norton (12)

#38. Jeff Immelt (31)

#39. Don Tapscott (-)

#40. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (-)

#41. John Kotter (30)

#42. Niall Ferguson (-)

#43. Charles Handy (14)

#44. Rakesh Khurana (45)

#45. Manfred Kets De Vries (-)

#46. Tammy Erickson (-)

#47. Costas Markides (44)

#48. Barbara Kellerman (-)

#49. Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones (32)

#50. Jimmy Wales (-)

Thinkers50 2007 Ranking

#1. CK Prahalad (3)

#2. Bill Gates (2)

#3. Alan Greenspan (35)

#4. Michael Porter (1)

#5. Gary Hamel (14)

#6. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (15)

#7. Tom Peters (4)

#8. Jack Welch (5)

#9. Richard Branson (11)

#10. Jim Collins (6)

#11. Philip Kotler (7)

#12. Robert Kaplan & David Norton (22)

#13. Kjell Nordström & Jonas Ridderstråle (9)

#14. Charles Handy (10)

#15. Stephen Covey (18)

#16. Henry Mintzberg (8)

#17. Thomas A. Stewart (13)

#18. Malcolm Gladwell (31)

#19. Lynda Gratton (34)

#20. Donald Trump (-)

#21. Scott Adams (12)

#22. Ram Charan (24)

#23. Vijay Govindarajan (30)

#24. Warren Bennis (27)

#25. Clayton Christensen (21)

#26. Thomas Friedman (-)

#27. Kenichi Ohmae (16)

#28. Rosabeth Moss Kanter (19)

#29. Steve Jobs (-)

#30. John Kotter (-)

#31. Jeff Immelt (-)

#32. Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones (45)

#33. Adrian Slywotzky (-)

#34. Marshall Goldsmith (-)

#35. Bill George (-)

#36. Larry Bossidy (48)

#37. Daniel Goleman (42)

#38. Marcus Buckingham (-)

#39. Howard Gardner (-)

#40. Edward de Bono (20)

#41. Al Gore (-)

#42. David Ulrich (-)

#43. Seth Godin (-)

#44. Costas Markides (49)

#45. Rakesh Khurana (33)

#46. Richard D’Aveni (-)

#47. Peter Senge (23)

#48. Chris Argyris (28)

#49. Jeffrey Pfeffer (-)

#50. Chris Zook (-)

Thinkers50 2005 Ranking

#1. Michael Porter (2)

#2. Bill Gates (20)

#3. CK Prahalad (12)

#4. Tom Peters (3)

#5. Jack Welch (8)

#6. Jim Collins (10)

#7. Philip Kotler (6)

#8. Henry Mintzberg (7)

#9. Kjell Nordström & Jonas Ridderstråle (21)

#10. Charles Handy (5)

#11. Richard Branson (34)

#12. Scott Adams (27)

#13. Thomas A. Stewart (37)

#14. Gary Hamel (4)

#15. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (31)

#16. Kenichi Ohmae (19)

#17. Patrick Dixon (46)

#18. Stephen Covey (16)

#19. Rosabeth Moss Kanter (9)

#20. Edward de Bono (35)

#21. Clayton Christensen (22)

#22. Robert Kaplan & David Norton (15)

#23. Peter Senge (14)

#24. Ram Charan (-)

#25. Fons Trompenaars (50)

#26. Russ Ackoff (-)

#27. Warren Bennis (13)

#28. Chris Argyris (18)

#29. Michael Dell (33)

#30. Vijay Govindarajan (-)

#31. Malcolm Gladwell (-)

#32. Manfred Kets De Vries (43)

#33. Rakesh Khurana (-)

#34. Lynda Gratton (41)

#35. Alan Greenspan (42)

#36. Edgar H Schein (17)

#37. Ricardo Semler (36)

#38. Don Peppers (48)

#39. Paul Krugman (40)

#40. Jeff Bezos (39)

#41. Andy Grove (26)

#42. Daniel Goleman (29)

#43. Leif Edvinsson (-)

#44. Jim Champy (25)

#45. Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones (-)

#46. Naomi Klein (30)

#47. Geert Hofstede (47)

#48. Larry Bossidy (-)

#49. Costas Markides (-)

#50. Geoffrey Moore (38)

Thinkers50 2003 Ranking

#1. Peter Drucker (1)

#2. Michael Porter (3)

#3. Tom Peters (5)

#4. Gary Hamel (4)

#5. Charles Handy (2)

#6. Philip Kotler (10)

#7. Henry Mintzberg (7)

#8. Jack Welch (6)

#9. Rosabeth Moss Kanter (14)

#10. Jim Collins (-)

#11. Sumantra Ghoshal (12)

#12. CK Prahalad (8)

#13. Warren Bennis (13)

#14. Peter Senge (11)

#15. Robert Kaplan & David Norton (15)

#16. Stephen Covey (18)

#17. Edgar H Schein (21)

#18. Chris Argyris (26)

#19. Kenichi Ohmae (22)

#20. Bill Gates (9)

#21. Kjell Nordström & Jonas Ridderstråle (17)

#22. Clayton Christensen (39)

#23. John Kotter (40)

#24. Nicholas Negroponte (16)

#25. Jim Champy (-)

#26. Andy Grove (24)

#27. Scott Adams (31)

#28. Richard Pascale (34)

#29. Daniel Goleman (-)

#30. Naomi Klein (-)

#31. W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (-)

#32. Don Tapscott (32)

#33. Michael Dell (25)

#34. Richard Branson (29)

#35. Edward de Bono (33)

#36. Ricardo Semler (-)

#37. Thomas A. Stewart (46)

#38. Geoffrey Moore (41)

#39. Jeff Bezos (30)

#40. Paul Krugman (-)

#41. Lynda Gratton (-)

#42. Alan Greenspan (28)

#43. Manfred Kets De Vries (-)

#44. Robert Waterman (-)

#45. Watts Wacker (47)

#46. Patrick Dixon (-)

#47. Geert Hofstede (48)

#48. Don Peppers (-)

#49. Stan Davis (-)

#50. Fons Trompenaars (-)

Thinkers50 2001 Ranking

#1. Peter Drucker

#2. Charles Handy

#3. Michael Porter

#4. Gary Hamel

#5. Tom Peters

#6. Jack Welch

#7. Henry Mintzberg

#8. CK Prahalad

#9. Bill Gates

#10. Philip Kotler

#11. Peter Senge

#12. Sumantra Ghoshal

#13. Warren Bennis

#14. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

#15. Robert Kaplan & David Norton

#16Nicholas Negroponte

#17Kjell Nordström & Jonas Ridderstråle

#18Stephen Covey

#19Percy Barnevik 

#20Jerry Porras & James Collins

#21. Edgar H Schein

#22. Kenichi Ohmae

#23. James Champy & Michael Hammer

#24. Andy Grove

#25. Michael Dell

#26. Chris Argyris

#27. H Igor Ansoff

#28. Alan Greenspan

#29. Richard Branson

#30. Jeff Bezos

#31. Scott Adams

#32. Don Tapscott

#33. Edward de Bono

#34. Richard Pascale

#35. John Chambers

#36. Kevin Kelly

#37. John Harvey-Jones

#38. Lee Iacocca

#39. Clayton Christensen

#40. John Kotter

#41. Geoffrey Moore

#42. Herbert Simon

#43. Nelson Mandela

#44. Fons Trompenaars & Charles Hampden-Turner

#45. Chris Locke et al

#46. Thomas A. Stewart

#47. Watts Waker

#48. Geert Hofstede

#49. Herb Kelleher

#50. Meg Whitman