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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.


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.

- February 25, 2020

RT @robert_glazer: Elevate Podcast: Whitney Johnson, CEO, author and one of @thinkers50's 50 leading business thinkers, joins to talk about…
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- February 25, 2020

RT @HerminiaIbarra: Enjoying the discussion of Jack Ma’s leadership of Alibaba in a joint ⁦@LBS_Masters⁩ Strategy-Leadership class. The ca…
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- February 25, 2020

RT @1610captain: @LizWiseman wrote about this 10 years ago in her book MULTIPLIERS. It’s still valid today. She and The Wiseman Group are…
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- February 25, 2020

For decades, @Wharton’s @StewFriedman has been helping individuals achieve greater harmony in work + life. His grea… https://t.co/2RcF1Ic6QH
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- February 25, 2020

RT @meedabyte: Few days ago, following my nomination in the @thinkers50 radar 2020, I tried to explain what of our work on #platforms is re…
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No, But, However

No, But, However

An easy habit for people who like to win to fall into, and a surefire conversation killer is starting a sentence with “no,” “but,” or “however.”

Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans

RADAR 2020: Alex Edmans is
professor of finance at London Business School and academic director of the Centre for Corporate Governance.

The pen or the coin. Which would you choose?

The pen or the coin. Which would you choose?

Sometimes the most profound lessons come from an unexpected place. When I was a young child, my grandfather offered me a coin and a pen, and told me to choose one. With visions in my head of what I could buy, I chose the coin.  My grandfather tried to convince me that...


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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