Announced every January, the Thinkers50 Radar identifies a cohort of 30 up-and-coming thinkers whose ideas we predict will make an important impact on management thinking in the future. Since its introduction in 2007, the unveiling of the new Thinkers50 Radar Class has been one of the most popular and eagerly awaited moments in the Thinkers50 calendar. The Thinkers50 Radar identifies new talent and ideas and provides an early alert system for managers, publishers, speaker bureaus, and others in the thought-leadership industry.
Thinkers50 uses its market knowledge and influence to highlight the up-and-coming thinkers and showcase the ideas that will shape management in the coming years. The hope is that the recognition and profile this gives to these young (and not so young) thinkers will spur them on to do their best work.
The Thinkers50 Radar Class of 30 thinkers to watch in the coming year is always an eclectic mix of people who have crossed the Thinkers50 radar or been nominated by members of the Thinkers50 community.
Thinkers50 believes in diversity, inclusivity, and equity. The Thinkers50 Radar list is a celebration of those values. We not only welcome but positively seek out the rainbow spectrum of thought that comes from seeing the world from multiple perspectives and backgrounds.
The world of management ideas is fast moving. Ideas emerge, change, and evolve. And now they do so on the global stage.
No business school, company, or region can claim to have a monopoly on management insights. Bright ideas to run organizations, inspire people, manage more efficiently, or light an entrepreneurial fire are as likely to emerge in Silicon Wadi as in Silicon Valley; Shenzhen as Chicago. Ideas are universal. And some ideas and some thinkers truly resonate.
Today, we are delighted to introduce our annual selection of 30 thinkers to watch in the coming year — the people whose work we have encountered in our physical and intellectual travels, and who have piqued our interest. We think you will be intrigued, inspired, and even guided by the ideas they have to share.
This is as powerful a group as we have ever identified in our annual selection — a broadly diverse group covering enormous ground — a dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders. They are the emerging thinkers to watch in 2019.