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Identifying, ranking, and sharing extraordinary management and business thinking.

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Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. We are based in London, with partners and affiliations around the globe. Our ambition is to provide innovative access to ideas with the power to make the world a better place.

Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Founders' Award Winner

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Thinkers50 2019 - November 18


Fresh, insightful, provocative insights in the complex world of management thinking. Articles, podcasts, blogs, and interviews feature our ranked thinkers, award winners, and others with big ideas to share.

- November 12, 2019

RT @AmyCEdmondson: Recommitting to #learn, #serve, #lead @AAMCtoday. A privilege to be with so many amazing leaders in academic medicine…
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- November 12, 2019

Get to know @steven_goldbach & @geofftuff who were nominated for Strategy Award in partnership with the… https://t.co/Drpr42jNVk
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- November 12, 2019

RT @AlexOsterwalder: Drop everything now and enjoy our new book in the @strategyzer series: Testing Business Ideas. #TestingIdeas https://…
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- November 12, 2019

RT @Kraschenbrener: Deloitte’s Steven Goldbach and Geoff Tuff to be recognized at the #Thinkers50 Gala on 11/18 in London, and nominated fo…
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The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 5

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 5

Last week in theVijay Govindarajan Breakthrough Innovation with the Three Box Solution video series we learned a bit more about Three Box thinking through a brief, illustrated history of the high jump.  This week VG turns to business model innovation and balancing...

Leading with Influence: What Is Influence360°?

Leading with Influence: What Is Influence360°?

Influence360° founder, best-selling author of Talk Less, Say More and Become the Real Deal and founder of the Dieken Group, Connie Dieken shares her fascinating research on modern day influencers and the three habits highly influential people are masters of today....

Resolve your world with passion.

Resolve your world with passion.

 My family and I feel very proud to call the U.S. home, but when I first arrived here more than 20 years ago I did not feel a special welcome. After being promised a graduate assistantship and traveling 56 hours to start this school, I arrived tired but also very...


Every two years, Thinkers50 salutes the leading business and management ideas of our age with our Ranking of Management Thinkers and our awards for distinguished achievement in a number of specific management categories. Our annual Radar list introduces emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice.


Thinkers50 Ranking

The Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers is announced each odd-numbered year.


Thinkers50 Awards

Distinguished Achievement Awards are conferred in key areas of management every two years.


Thinkers50 Radar

A new class of up-and-coming Radar thinkers is identified annually.



As part of its mission of identifying, ranking and sharing the very best in management thinking, Thinkers50 offers a variety of services to individuals and organizations.


Consulting Services

Thinkers50 founders Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove are trusted coaches and advisers to thinkers and organisations around the world. Their strategic approach supports and enhances thinkers’ brands and businesses.


Thinkers50 publishes important titles that do not fit conventional publishing parameters, but that merit a place in business and management literature. In addition, we partner with Unbound publishers to promote crowdfunding of select titles.


Whether it be a key-note speech on the latest business ideas, a briefing on trends in business thinking, or advice on designing corporate conferences, Thinkers50 has extensive experience in engaging global audiences.

About Us

2001: Two maverick Englishmen disrupt business and management with the first ever ranking of management thinkers. Quickly recognized globally as the premier work of its kind, the Thinkers50 Ranking has been published every two years since.

2011: Thinkers50 introduces Distinguished Achievement Awards, expanding its biennial salute to the leading business and management ideas of our age.

2019: Thinkers50 2019 will be held in London on 18 November 2019, featuring the announcement of the 10th biennial ranking and presentation of the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards.


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