Thinker of the Month
May 2017 Thinker of the Month
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 enterprise with global turnover of 188.7b Yuan (2015). Haier now tops the Global Major Appliance Brand rankings with the highest retail volume – and has done so for seven consecutive years. Haier is also included in the World Brand Top 100 and was ranked number one in the global white goods industry. Among many firsts, Zhang Ruimin was the first Chinese entrepreneur to give a speech at Harvard.
April 2017 Thinker of the Month
Professor Mark Esposito teaches Business, Government & Society and Economic Strategy & Competitiveness at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education. He also serves as co-leader of the Institutes Council for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) program at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, led by Professor Michael Porter at Harvard Business School.
March 2017 Thinker of the Month
Co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008), and now, Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change (Wiley, 2017), Deborah is a leading light thinker, speaker, writer, coach and practitioner in the field of leading large complex change. Rowland has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo. She also founded and grew a consulting firm that pioneered original research in the field, the latest efforts of which were accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management.
February 2017 Thinker of the Month
Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and director of the Refugee Studies Centre, at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugees. He is the author of a number of books, including Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (Oxford University Press, 2016). His recent TED talk “Our refugee system is failing; here’s how we can fix it” has over 740,000 viewings.
December 2016 & January 2017 Thinker of the Month
November 2016 Thinker of the Month
Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the world’s leading champion of project management. He is the creator of the concept Projects Inc., which argues that project management is the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.
October 2016 Thinker of the Month
Professor of Leadership at IE Business School in Madrid and a Visiting Professor at ESMT – the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin.
September 2016 Thinker of the Month
Founder and CEO of Cotential, now champion of the idea of connectional intelligence. Co-author of Get Big Things Done (St. Martin’s Press, 2015).
Lauren Noël & Christie Hunter Arscott
August 2016 Thinker of the Month
Lauren’s work focuses on engaging, advancing and inspiring women in the first decade of their careers. She is an active researcher and writer on such topics as: ‘Be the Company Millennial Women Love’ (London Business School Review, May 2015), ‘How to Be a Company for Millennial Women’ (Diversity Executive, July 2015), ‘What Executives Need to Know about Millennial Women’ (ICEDR, 2015), and ‘How Women Take Charge of their Careers’ (Business Strategy Review, Autumn 2014).
Christie is an internationally recognized millennial expert on gender and generational strategies, most recently involved in the development and launch of QUEST. As an independent strategic adviser and researcher, and former Deputy Leader of Deloitte Consulting’s US Diversity & Inclusion Service Offering, Christie has helped organizations across industries and sectors recruit, retain and advance the next generation of women leaders. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, national government entities, leading talent research bodies and others. Her work spans North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
July 2016 Thinker of the Month
Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society. Edmondson teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning.
June 2016 Thinker of the Month
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 latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does. He is also the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Inc, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning.
January/February 2015 Thinker of the Month
Linda Scott is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Linda is best known for her creation of the concept of the Double X Economy – a perspective which describes the global economy of women in both the developed and developing world, and the roles of women not only as consumers, but as investors, donors and workers. She writes a blog called The Double X Economy, as well as blogging for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek on gender issues.
March 2015 Thinker of the Month
Whitney Johnson is a Founder and Managing Director of Springboard Fund, and a co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm, where they led the $8 million seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $2.2 billion. Previously, she was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst for eight consecutive years.
April 2015 Thinker of the Month
Dambisa Moyo is a marathon-running author and international economist who analyses the macroeconomy and global affairs. She is on the boards of Barclays Bank, SABMiller and Barrick Gold. She was an economist at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for nearly a decade, and was a consultant to the World Bank. She was named by TIME Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum.
May 2015 Thinker of the Month
The Executive Director for the MIT Sloan School’s Center of Leadership, Gregersen is coauthor (with Clay Christensen and Jeffrey Dyer) of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), and founder of The 4-24 Project, which is committed to building the next generation of innovators.
June 2015 Thinker of the Month
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 when and why those choices are associated with lasting value.
July 2015 Thinker of the Month
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things.
August 2015 Thinker of the Month
A globally recognized educator, adviser, author and speaker, he has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School and London Business School, among others, and spoken at events throughout the world from Shanghai to Sofia. He is an Executive Fellow at IE Business School and has taught on IE programs in partnership with Chicago Booth GSB and Brown University.
September 2015 Thinker of the Month
Professor Alf Rehn is an accomplished academic and an internationally noted thought-leader in innovation and creativity, who is globally active as a keynote speaker and a strategic advisor. Through both bestselling books and an active social media presence (ranked as a “Top Professor on Twitter” in the Innovation category) he comments on the ways in which organizations face, support and fight change.
October 2015 Thinker of the Month
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, Mintzberg is, perhaps, best known for his work on organizational forms – identifying five types of organization: simple structure; machine bureaucracy; professional bureaucracy; the divisionalized form; and the adhocracy.
February 2014 Thinker of the Month
Mellon has spent the last 25 years designing and delivering leadership development programs, initially as a professor at London Business School and currently as executive director at Duke Corporate Education, the world’s leading executive education provider.
March 2014 Thinker of the Month
Hungarian-born and educated, Monika Hamori has been recognized as one of the world’s leading business school professors under the age of forty. A professor at Madrid’s IE Business School, Hamori’s research focuses on the realities of the job market. Her Harvard Business Review articles have looked at why young managers are perpetually looking for other jobs, common career fallacies and the route to the most senior jobs. Most recently she is the co-author of “The CEO experience trap” in MIT Sloan Management Review.
April 2014 Thinker of the Month
Peter Fisk founded and leads GeniusWorks, the brand and business innovation company, working with business leaders to see things differently, to imagine, develop and implement more inspired strategies for brands, innovation and marketing. He was previously CEO of the world’s largest marketing organization, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, worked in a variety of consulting businesses and line management roles, having started out as a nuclear physicist.
May 2014 Thinker of the Month
Nilofer Merchant teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. In a meteoric 20-year career, Merchant has gone from being an administrator to becoming a CEO and then board member of a NASDAQ-traded company. Along the way she has gathered monikers such as “the Jane Bond of Innovation” for her ability to guide Fortune 500 and start-up companies.
June/July 2014 Thinker of the Month
Erin Meyer is a Professor at INSEAD and the programme director for INSEAD’s Managing Global Virtual Teams programme. Her work focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of behavioural differences in a multi-cultural environment. Living and working in Africa, Europe, and the United States prompted Meyer’s study of the communication patterns and business systems of different parts of the world.
September 2014 Thinker of the Month
Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at INSEAD, Petriglieri is the academic director of the school’s initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence, and chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership. His interests bridge the domains of leadership, identity, adult development and experiential learning.
October 2014 Thinker of the Month
A fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School, where he is the former director of the Centre for India & Global Business, Radjou is co-author (with Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja) of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (Jossey Bass, 2012); and (with Prasad Kaipa) From Smart to Wise (Jossey Bass, 2013). He won the 2013 Thinkers50 India Innovation Award as well as the 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award.
November/December 2014 Thinker of the Month
Lee Newman is a Professor at IE Business School, where he also serves as Dean of Innovation and Behavior. His work focuses on Behavioral Fitness, understanding the critical in-the-moment behaviors that distinguish high-performers in the workplace — and helping individuals and teams train these behaviors to ensure their long-term success.