Thinkers50 Hall of Fame Announces New Inductees

14 September 2021

LONDON – Thinkers50 (, the global platform for management thinking, today announced five new inductees to its Management Hall of Fame hosted by the Haier Group.

The new inductees are:

Mary C. Gentile, the creator and director of Giving Voice to Values, Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics at University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Reuel J. Khoza, thought leader, entrepreneur, business leader, academic, author, farmer, musician, and Africanist change agent. Author of Attuned Leadership: African Humanism as Compass.

James F. Moore, author of The Death of Competition: Leadership and Strategy in the Age of Business Ecosystems.

Rosemary Stewart (1924-2015), author of The Reality of Management (1963) and a prolific researcher and author into the realities of managerial work.

Sue Vinnicombe CBE, professor at Cranfield School of Management, globally influential researcher on diversity and women’s leadership.

Founded in 2009, the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame honours the legacy of an elite group of thinkers whose work has had a profound and lasting influence on the world of management. The Thinkers50 Hall of Fame is hosted by the Haier Group and the new inductees will be announced at Haier’s annual forum which this year is held virtually.

“To be inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame someone must have had a long-term impact on the way people think about and practice management,” explains Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer. “These thinkers have all made a profound contribution to how we understand management and how it is practiced globally.”  

Zhang Ruimin, CEO of the Haier Corporation, says: “It is a great pleasure and honour for Haier to host the Thinkers50 Management Hall of Fame. As a young manager I was hugely influenced by many of the thinkers in the Hall of Fame.  The new inductees are worthy additions to this pantheon of great management thinkers.”

The new inductees will be celebrated at a one-hour virtual event on Friday 17 September.  Access details are below.

About Thinkers50
Thinkers50 identifies, ranks, and shares the very best in management ideas. Its definitive global ranking of management thinkers is announced and Distinguished Achievement Award recipients are honoured every two years at a gala event dubbed the “Oscars of management thinking” by the Financial Times. The 2019 top ranked thinkers were W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, authors of Blue Ocean Strategy and professors at INSEAD. Previous winners of the coveted number one position in the ranking include Roger Martin (2017), Michael Porter (2015 and 2005), Clay Christensen (2013 and 2011); CK Prahalad (2009 and 2007); and Peter Drucker (2003 and 2001). 

Thinkers50 partners include the Brightline Initiative, Deloitte, Fujitsu, Executive Networks and the European Centre for Strategic Innovation. 

About Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer are the founders and directors of Thinkers50. Internationally recognized experts and commentators on management ideas, they are the authors of more than 15 books that have been translated into 20 languages. Former columnists to The (London) Times, they are editors of The Financial Times Handbook of Management. They advise thinkers and organizations worldwide.

Stuart Crainer

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Des Dearlove

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Virtual Event

The inductees to the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame will be celebrated at Rendanheyi OpenTalk 2021. Click here to view the agenda and reserve your ticket.

Rendanheyi OpenTalk 2021

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