thinkers50 ranked thinker

Gary Hamel

Bureaucracy buster, champion of management revolution, and advocate for innovation as the driver of wealth creation.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked #31 in 2019.

Previous positions:
#31 (2017), #30 (2015), #19 (2013), and #15 (2011).



The most reprinted author in the history of the Harvard Business Review.


Ran an online “hackathon” in which more than 1,700 senior executives collaborated to reinvent the HR function.


Hamel champions the need for a revolution in management and calls for radical innovation in business. He asserts that organizations must continually reinvent themselves, and not just at times of crisis. His groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent”, “core competence”, “industry revolution”, and “management innovation” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations around the globe.




Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange. He is a founder of Strategos, an international consulting firm, and director of the Woodside Institute, a non-profit research organization. He has helped numerous companies design and build innovation-friendly management practices, and develop innovation tools and platforms.


What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation (Jossey-Bass, 2012); Strategic Intent (with CK Prahalad, HBR Press, 2010); The Future of Management (with Bill Breen, HBR Press, 2007); Leading the Revolution (HBR Press, 2000); Competing for the Future (with CK Prahalad, HBR Press, 1994).




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Gary Hamel is a legend in the world of management thinking.” 

Daniel Pink, author of When and Drive