The business world is fickle and has a short memory. This is especially true in the world of business ideas. New tools and techniques are put to work and then taken for granted as they are incorporated into business life. The quest for novelty and differentiation means that curious business leaders move quickly onto the next big idea. This is reflected in the Thinkers50 Ranking, which is a barometer of the ideas and thinkers making an impact today.
This relentless curiosity is a good thing. But, it can mean that over time the names of those who originated the most innovative business ideas and inspired best practice are overlooked or forgotten. Through the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame we salute the distinguished thinkers whose contributions to management thinking have made it what it is today.
Every year we honour the contribution of a few individuals by inducting them into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. Their names and legacies are added to the ranks of those who have arrived here before them. All are distinguished thinkers who have all made a lasting and vital impact on how organisations are led and managed. They are the giants upon whose shoulders managers and leaders stand.
Thinkers50 Hall of Fame status is at the discretion of the Thinkers50 founders, Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, and their advisors. It is an honour given in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to management thinking over many years.
Mary C. Gentile is the creator and director of Giving Voice to Values, Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and a consultant on management education and leadership development.
Dr. Reuel Khoza is a distinguished thought leader, entrepreneur, business leader, academic, author, farmer, musician, and active as an Africanist at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy.
He is the author of a number of books on business leadership including Attuned Leadership: African Humanism as Compass (2011), Let Africa Lead (2005), The African in My Dream (2004) and The Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam, 2007).
James F. Moore is a management scientist and a leading advocate of business ecosystems and their primary role in business performance and the world economy. He developed the comprehensive theory of business ecosystems. The publication of this work inspired thousands of managers, and helped set the stage for management scholars and scientists to establish a new and influential field of research in business strategy, management and organization.
Rosemary Stewart was a British researcher and writer on business management and healthcare management. Born in London and then educated in Canada, she returned to the UK to become a fellow in organisational behaviour at Templeton College, Oxford, dean of the Oxford Centre for Management Studies and director of the Oxford Health Care Management Institute.
A professor at the UK’s Cranfield School of Management, Sue Vinnicombe’s research interests focus on the lack of women in leadership, specifically on corporate boards; women’s leadership styles and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers. She was founder director of the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders from 1999 to 2016. She and her co-authors produce the annual Female FTSE Board Report, which she launched in 1999 and is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK and is renowned globally. She was awarded a CBE for her Services to Gender Equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2014 and is Vice Patron of the charity, Working Families.