Recognising an outstanding body
of work over an entire lifetime


The Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award is given to someone who has had a long-term impact on the way people think about and practice management. The first-ever award in this category was given to Charles Handy in 2011. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award gain automatic entry into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame.

Lifetime Achievement
award recipient 2022

Richard D’Aveni

Richard D’Aveni is professor of strategic management at Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He is a winner of the prestigious A.T. Kearney research award and consultant to organizations and individuals worldwide. D’Aveni coined the phrase “hypercompetition” in the 1980s. He studies current phenomena in order to understand the business world of the future. D’Aveni’s work creates new tools, frameworks, and maps that help companies and governments define their playing fields and determine their positioning. In his rigorous analysis of 3D printing he demonstrates how this new manufacturing technology could influence our economic and geopolitical landscape.

Lifetime Achievement
award recipient 2021

Philip Kotler

Philip Kotler is truly the father of modern marketing. Marketing Management has been the marketing bible for generations of students throughout the world. But, much more than that, he has carried on over many decades as a pioneer of marketing in new industries and activities. He has remained relevant, engaged and curious. To influence practice and theory over such an extended period is a remarkable achievement and to do this through genuinely groundbreaking ideas is even more so. It is a great thrill for us at Thinkers50 to celebrate Philip’s work.

Lifetime Achievement award Recipient 2019

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter has championed a humane, inclusive, practical, and inspiring brand of management throughout her career. From Men and Women of the Corporation and The Change Masters to her forthcoming book, Think Outside the Building, she has translated ideas into action and has been engaged in policy and advocacy on major societal issues, including economic development, transportation, national service, and the future of cities. “Her books have been required reading for all who work in and lead organisations for more than four decades,” says Des Dearlove, co-founder of Thinkers50.

Lifetime Achievement
award Recipient 2017

Tom Peters

Tom Peters has been credited with inventing the modern management guru industry. He is charman of the Tom Peters Company, and has several best-selling business books under his name.

Lifetime Achievement
award Recipient 2015

Henry Mintzberg

His work has focused on the work of the manager, and how managers are trained and developed. The author or co-author of 15 books, Mintzberg is, perhaps, best known for his work on organizational forms – identifying five types of organization: simple structure; machine bureaucracy; professional bureaucracy; the divisionalized form; and the adhocracy. He is also credited with advancing the idea of emergent strategy – the idea that effective strategy emerges from conversations within an organization rather than being imposed from on high.

Lifetime Achievement
award Recipient 2013

Ikujiro Nonaka

Ikujiro Nonaka became interested in management and organization while working for Fuji Electric in 1958. “My ambition was to develop a new, original, made in Japan theory, rather than borrowing theories from elsewhere,” said Nonaka.

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