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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.

Outthinker 2020 Virtual Summit / 6 - 7 APRIL 2020

Thinkers50 is proud to partner with Outthinker Strategy Network to bring you cutting-edge insights on strategy, innovation and transformation from the world’s top business minds.


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.

Stefanie K. Johnson

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Radar Thinker 2020

- March 30, 2020

RT @Fourthoption: Happy to have George S. Day of @Wharton in the #outthinkersummit speaker lineup. Thank you for volunteering your time to…
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- March 30, 2020

RT @rgmcgrath: I’ll be sharing my thoughts during Outthinker’s 2020 Virtual Summit on April 6 & 7 alongside 20+ other leading business thin…
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- March 30, 2020

Thrilled to see the #thinkers50 Leadership Award Winner @LizWiseman among the speaker lineup for #outthinkersummit.… https://t.co/y6GxEAssHE
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- March 30, 2020

RT @Fourthoption: Do you and your colleagues wish you were able to use the current situation to rapidly react and transform your business?…
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- March 30, 2020

RT @Fourthoption: Excited to present next #outthinkersummit speaker @bharat_n_anand, strategy and media expert, @Harvard professor, Author…
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When small gestures make positive differences

When small gestures make positive differences

After the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, the country was in dire straits. People were literally roaming the streets begging for food. Because of where we lived, we received regular visits from desperate and hungry people. My mother never turned them away. She...

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 23

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 23

This week VG looks at the potential conflicts that arise when you build a dedicated team for the innovation part of your organization. Using the example of The New York Times creating The New York Times Digital in the 1990s, he shows how the new Box 3 team cannot be...

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 22

The Vijay Govindarajan Video Series Week 22

One of the three challenges outlined by VG in last week’s video was the “challenge to forget.” How do we put aside assumptions that have become so deeply embedded in an organization so we can pave the way for Box 3 thinking and execute breakthrough innovation. This...


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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