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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.

- December 6, 2019

RT @OxfordSBS: Congratulations to @rachelbotsman, who has risen to 30th in the 2019 @thinkers50 list. Find out what brought her to Saïd Bus…
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- December 6, 2019

RT @BrightlineOrg: How are organizations transforming and becoming more "projectified"? How do leaders keep in-step with the changing world…
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- December 6, 2019

RT @HarperBusiness: Congratulations to @LizWiseman for winning the @thinkers50 2019 Leadership Award for her bestselling book MULTIPLIERS (…
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- December 6, 2019

RT @BrightlineOrg: Brightline and TED: 4 Women Leaders Share their Learning about Business Strategy. Watch now: https://t.co/Fcg0bgy437 #st…
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- December 6, 2019

RT @NexusFrontier: #TB Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer @Exp_Mark was all smiles at this year's @thinkers50 in London. Nexus is proud…
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The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 9

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 9

Last week VG told us that if you want to be a leader in the future, you need to throw out the traditional business strategy plan – those that come presented in a thick 25” binder. This week it’s the turn of mission statements - the ones that declare the company’s core...


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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