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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.

2019 Founders' Award Winner Announced

2019 Award Shortlists Announced

Awards Gala November 18, 2019


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.

- September 15, 2019

Let us present to you Magdalena Nowicka Mook who was nominated for Coaching & Mentoring Award in partnership with… https://t.co/O7gM4rWO3V
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- September 14, 2019

RT @marianithurrart: The 7 roles of @buurtzorg's self-managed teams: (1) the main role, (2) the housekeeper, (3) the informer, (4) the deve…
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- September 14, 2019

RT @HalGregersen: Actively seeking passive data on the outer edges of your organization matters. Rita McGrath grasps this and far more in h…
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- September 14, 2019

Proud to put a spotlight on @ThomasKolditz who was nominated for Coaching & Mentoring Award in partnership with… https://t.co/TOu9OF42Zw
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- September 13, 2019

RT @andrewtghill: "Think three hoops ahead" - I went to play croquet with the great Charles Handy, and he was full of wit and wisdom https:…
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First Recipient Of New Thinkers50 Founders’ Award Announced

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University LONDON - Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers, today announced the first recipient of the Founders’ Award, a new Thinkers50 award introduced for 2019. “We have been celebrating the best in...

Thinkers 50 Podcast: Dan Toma and Innovation

In this Thinkers50 Brightline Initiative Podcast, Stuart Crainer interviews Dan Toma, author of The Corporate Startup. The two discuss what made Toma write the book and whether it is possible for large corporations to understand the innovations lifestyle movement?...

Speaking Truth to Power

You only have to look at the growing list of corporate scandals to see just how important and urgent it is for organizations to tackle this widespread inability to speak truth to power. Revelations of financial misconduct at Wells Fargo, the emissions scandal at VW,...


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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