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

Thinkers50 Mini LogoWelcome to Thinkers50

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 23, 2020

RT @tendayiviki: Out on May 14th, my new book via @thinkers50 with @HolgerNilsPohl. Pirates In The Navy - How Innovators Lead Transformati…
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- February 22, 2020

RT @iefelix: 1st research seminar in the IE Humanities #China Lecture Series. To start us off, we are lucky to have @StanfordUniver Prof. J…
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- February 22, 2020

RT @SusanDavid_PhD: @AlexOsterwalder @work_matters @AdamMGrant BTW, love your work and was sorry to miss you @thinkers50 last year.
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- February 22, 2020

RT @davidburkus: One of my favorite thinkers. ; )
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- February 22, 2020

#thinkers50 2019 ranking countdown: #48: @dorieclark Self-reinvention and branding expert, showing others how to… https://t.co/K9zqHveZvo
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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...

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The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 18

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 18

Continuing on from the application exercise that VG explained in last week’s video, this week he shows us how to take that exercise to the next stage. Last week he outlined his set of methodologies to brainstorm Box 3 ideas, and said that we should come up with as...


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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