thinkers50 ranked thinker

Morten Hansen

Author, professor, and management theorist, with award-winning work on social networks, collaboration, knowledge management, and corporate innovation. 

01. ranked thinker

Ranked in 2021.

Previous positions:
#26 (2019), #41 (2017), #34 (2015), and #28 (2013).


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 Talent Award.


Great at Work was listed as a Best Business Book 2018 by Business Insider.


Hansen’s research focuses on how to succeed at work. In his 2018 book Great at Work, he draws from an extensive, original study of 5,000 managers and employees to show how top performers work less and achieve more, and by so doing provides a new theory of professional productivity. He devised “seven work smarter practices” that can be adopted by anyone looking to maximise their time and performance.




Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley and was previously a professor at INSEAD and Harvard Business School. He was also a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Hansen holds a PhD from Stanford Business School, where he was a Fulbright scholar.


Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More (Simon & Schuster, 2018); Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All (with Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, 2011); Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results (HBR Press, 2009).




Media Picks


We thought we were great at work until we read this book. Now we are beginning to understandand sometimes practicewhat smart work actually means.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50, on Great at Work