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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.

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Fresh, insightful, provocative ideas 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.

- July 4, 2020

Get to know the next member of our #Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020: @AndrewWinston, globally recognized sustainabil… https://t.co/svvaomqaHh
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- July 3, 2020

RT @MeganReitz1: Great work (again) by @rtulshyan
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- July 3, 2020

#thinkers50 2019 ranking countdown: #15. Zhang Ruimin “CEO of the @Haier_Group, Zhang Ruimin is the most innovat… https://t.co/NbZwBdCWT9
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- July 2, 2020

RT @embahsg: Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger (Academic Director, EMBA HSG) has been featured in #Thinkers50’s new book. Curious to know wha…
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- July 2, 2020

RT @MeganReitz1: I'm really pleased to be talking this evening as part of the #NHS #LockdownLectures on the subject of Speaking Truth to Po…
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Organizational Agility in Practice

Organizational Agility in Practice

ECSI and Thinkers50 teamed up to develop this White Paper on Organizational Agility, a research initiative on the adoption of agile for organizational design and transformation.

Design The Work You Love (Rita McGrath)

Design The Work You Love (Rita McGrath)

Ayse Birsel interviews Rita McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School, Bestselling Author and Thinkers50 #1 Achievement Award for Strategy.

Leading High Performing Virtual Teams through the Pandemic

Leading High Performing Virtual Teams through the Pandemic

Whilst some leaders are enjoying the experience of their teams achieving  great feats and demonstrating levels of high performance previously unimaginable before the pandemic, other leaders are not having it so easy. Some managers say their teams are responding less...


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 was 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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