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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.

- January 17, 2020

RT @deepaprahalad: Sharing this HBR piece written w/ @ananthv9. Authenticity is a buzzword, achieving it is complex -balance btwn reflectio…
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- January 17, 2020

RT @tashaeurich: Executive director of Duke University's Fuqua/Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center (and all around amazing person) @Sanyin…
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- January 17, 2020

RT @NextBigThingCo: Philosophy will be a key 2020s macro trend. Underpins many micro trends: Ancient Ideas, Spiritual Self, Brand Purpose.…
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- January 17, 2020

RT @nilofer: Parents Who Lead is a book to give to everyone. Here Stew Friedman shares work born of his onlyness to help you. https://t.co
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- January 17, 2020

RT @RosabethKanter: “It’s a truism of innovation that getting more successes stems from trying more things and tolerating more failures." T…
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The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 13

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 13

In 2012, VG’s book (co-authored with Chris Trimble) Reverse Innovation was published. It became a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon bestseller. This week’s edition of the Thinkers50 Vijay Govindarajan Breakthrough Innovation with the Three Box...

C-Suite Master Class: The Fear of Looking Stupid

C-Suite Master Class: The Fear of Looking Stupid

  In our C-Suite master class conversation this week, best-selling author, #1 CEO Coach, and member of our 100 Coaches pay-it-forward initiative, Mark Thompson and I talk about the greatest fear of highly successful people and just about everyone else too – the...

Your resolve can lead to life-saving change

Your resolve can lead to life-saving change

Resolve can lead to dramatic, even life-saving change. But first you need to commit to being the change you want to see. Here is a story I'd like to share. A neurosurgeon was concerned about the amount of time a patient spent winding his or her way through the medical...


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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