If you were the CEO of a major corporation who would you turn to for practical and imaginative strategic advice? Who could see your world in a new light and figure out a way through the competitive complexity?
W Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne Blue Ocean Strategy is the business book of the last decade. The Insead professors are working on a sequel and overseeing their ideas being put to work around the world.
The creator of the term hypercompetition in the 90s now observes we have “hypercompetition on steroids”. Author of Beating the Commodity Trap and upcoming Strategic Capitalism.
The creator of the five forces framework, topped the Thinkers50 in 2005. In the last five years has staged a renaissance, applying his mind to healthcare and championing the concept of shared value.
Author of Good Strategy/Bad Strategy, UCLA professor, lauded as “strategy’s strategist”. Originally an electrical engineer, describes strategy as “a set of practical actions for moving forward”.
Made his name with The Nature of Managerial Work in 1973. Cemented by The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning and, most recently, by the characteristically individual Managing. The Canadian is a staunch critic of MBA programmes and cheerfully iconoclastic.
Columbia Business School’s Rita McGrath is an expert on strategic business growth in uncertain environments. Her latest book is Discovery Driven Growth (with Ian MacMillan). A former IT director, she is also co-author of The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Marketbusters.
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Which thinker has contributed most significantly to our understanding of leadership over the last two years?
Marshall Goldsmith Author of the bestsellers What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, and Mojo, Marshall Goldsmith is corporate America’s favourite executive coach. His success is built on a no-nonsense approach to leaders and leadership and a Buddhist philosophy.
The Cuban-born Insead professor made an impact with her 2003 book, Working Identity. Now, her research asks: Are you a collaborative leader?
With a string of best sellers to his name and a reputation as a charismatic speaker, Buckingham argues that we should all play to our strengths.
Harvard’s Linda Hill is the author, with Kent Lineback, of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader. Her other books include Becoming a Manager. Her current research looks at leadership for innovation.
A Stanford professor since 1979, Pfeffer is a prolific writer. His books include The Knowing-Doing Gap (with Bob Sutton). Championed evidence-based management and his latest book examines why some people have power and other do not.
Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones
Goffee and Jones of London Business School and IE Business School, respectively, penned the HBR article Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? It won the McKinsey Prize and was followed by the book of the same name. Their latest tome, Clever, deals with how to lead the smartest people in the room.
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Which management thinker is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation?
Clayton Christensen Harvard doyen of disruptive innovation. The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997) and many more, has been busy applying theories to classrooms and healthcare among other things. Founder of consulting firm Innosight.
Champion of open innovation, now applying the same idea to service innovation. Director of Center for Open Innovation at Haas School.
Indian-born professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School. Recent champion of the $300 house and concept of reverse innovation which emerged from time spent as professor in residence and chief innovation consultant at General Electric.
Japanese-born, global citizen and fourth director of MIT’s Media Lab. One time venture capitalist and college drop out. Now, charged with “providing context and innovation for the future”.
Cyprus-born, London Business School professor. Champions use of management to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Charismatic classroom and conference performer.
Author of The Progress Principle, Harvard professor, originally trained as a chemist and then a psychologist.
GLOBAL VILLAGE AWARD
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This award is given to the thinker who has contributed most to our understanding of globalisation and the new frontiers established by the emerging markets.
Nirmalya Kumar London Business School’s Kumar star has been in the ascendant alongside that of India. His latest book, India Inside (with Phanish Puranam) provides a compelling take on the reality behind the stereotypes and hyperbole.
Pulitzer Prize winning, New York Times foreign affairs journalist who wanted to be a golf pro until interests in the Middle East and journalism kicked in. Best known for The Lexus and the Olive Tree and The World is Flat which has sold more than 4 million copies.
Became the youngest ever Harvard Business School professor in 1991. Now, based at IESE in Spain. His new book, World 3.0 offers a unique take on global prosperity and how to achieve it.
Author of several bestsellers (Growing Up Digital, Wikinomics et al), the Canadian dominates the crowded space looking at generational changes and our changing and often confusing relationship with technology. His latest book is Macrowikinomics.
Trompenaars’ 1997 book, Riding the Waves of Culture, remains the reference book for all who lead across different cultures. The Dutch Trompenaars is a charismatic performer and compelling global thinker on how best to reconcile our differences.
The managing partner of the China India Institute is US-based and Chinese-born. Co-author of two books, Getting China and India Right and The Quest for Global Dominance, Wang advises on what it takes to succeed in the new world order.
BREAKTHROUGH IDEA AWARD
Which management idea has emerged over the last two years with the potential to change the world? We are looking for ideas, which, practically and inspirationally, challenge managers to change their worlds.
Vijay Govindarajan: The $300 house. An August 2010 blog by Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar set off a campaign to re-invent housing for the world’s poorest people.
Umair Haque: Capitalism 2.0.
The director of Havas Media Lab and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto, offers a blueprint for an alternative form of capitalism.
Roger Martin: Integrative Thinking
In The Opposable Mind, the Rotman dean champions integrative thinking as a means of solving complex problems.
Michael Porter: Shared Value
The great strategist reinvents the purpose of the corporation: it is no longer solely about shareholder value but also value for society.
Linda Scott: The Double X Economy
Not enough women on boards? Saïd Business School’s Scott offers bigger thinking, looking at the global economy of women.
Teresa Amabile: The Progress Principle
The chemist, psychologist and Harvard professor champions small wins as the way to ignite joy, engagement and creativity.
FUTURE THINKER AWARD
Which thinker has emerged over the last two years with the potential to change the world of theory and practice?
Lucy P. Marcus Anglo-American board chair and non-exec director is setting the agenda on future proofing boardrooms and companies. The CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, her expertise embraces best practice in governance, investment and entrepreneurship.
Harvard Business School’s Gulati focuses on interorganisational relationship. His latest book is Re-Organize For Resilience, which, among other things, argues that companies need to put customers at the centre of their business.
The director of Havas Media Lab and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto, offers a blueprint for an alternative form of capitalism. Originally a neuroscientist, the London-based consultant and author is also founder of Bubblegeneration, a consulting firm.
Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Engaging Stanford professor Chip Heath and his brother Dan are co-authors of Made to Stick. The book examines why some ideas – from urban myths to business myths – stick in people’s minds, while others fade away.
Sung Joo Kim
Began her career in Bloomingdale’s and went on to found the Sungjoo Group which operates more than 90 retail stores. Her book Beautiful Outcast/Wake up Call was a bestseller in Korea.
President of Gree Electric Appliances — with annual growth topping 30 per cent annually since 2005 — and author of one of the most influential business books in China, Check Around the World.
THINKERS50 BOOK AWARD
Which business book has made the outstanding contribution to management thinking over the last two years?
Pankaj Ghemawat – World 3.0 (HBR Press)
Julian Birkinshaw – Reinventing Management (Jossey-Bass)
Roger Martin – Fixing the Game (HBR Press)
Vineet Nayar – Employees First, Customers Second (HBR Press)
Richard Rumelt – Good Strategy/Bad Strategy (Profile)
Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams – Macrowikinomics (Portfolio Penguin)
Linda Hill & Kent Lineback – Being the Boss (HBR Press)