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Thinkers50 List is Announced

12th November 2013

The Thinkers50 Award Gala took place last night and it is considered to be the ‘Oscars of Management Thinking’, after dinner the Thinkers50 ranking order was announced.

The number one thinker for 2013 is Clay Christensen, Professor at Harvard Business School and the originator of the theory of disruptive innovation. Clay has also written successful books such as ‘The Innovators Dilemma’. It is the second time he has been ranked number one in the Thinkers50, only two other thinkers have matched this achievement. Clay tweeted about the result saying ‘Truly humbled to receive the @Thinkers50 award’.

In second place was the ‘Blue Ocean Thinkers’ and authors of ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’, W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. There book has already sold more than two million copies around the world and is used by large companies as well as governments. Third place was Roger Martin, the former Dean of Rotman School of Management and co-author of the Thinkers 50 Best Book ‘Playing to Win; How Strategy Really Works’. This year is Rogers highest placement in the ranking thus far.

The full list ranks Thinkers as follows:

  1 Clayton Christensen (1)

  2 W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (2)

  3 Roger Martin (6)

  4 Don Tapscott (9)

  5 Vijay Govindarajan (3)

  6 Rita McGrath (19)

  7 Michael Porter (5)

  8 Linda Hill (16)

  9 Herminia Ibarra (28)

  10 Marshall Goldsmith (7)

  11 Pankaj Ghemawat (27)

  12 Jim Collins (4)

  13 Daniel Pink (29)

  14 Lynda Gratton (12)

  15 Amy Edmondson (35)

  16 Sylvia Ann Hewlett (11)

  17 Richard D’Aveni (21)

  18 Marcus Buckingham (8)

  19 Gary Hamel (15)

  20 Nirmalya Kumar (26)

  21 Nitin Nohria (13)

  22 Teresa Amabile (18)

  23 Richard Rumelt (20)

  24 Jeffrey Pfeffer (22)

  25 Richard Florida (-)

  26 A.G. Lafley (-)

  27 Stewart Friedman (45)

  28 Morten Hansen (-)

  29 Tammy Erickson (32)

  30 David Ulrich (23)

  31 Liu Chuanzhi (-)

  32 John Kotter (34)

  33 Chip Heath & Dan Heath (-)

  34 Sheryl Sandberg (-)

  35 Umair Haque (49)

  36 Daniel Goleman (39)

  37 Henry Chesbrough (38)

  38 Rosabeth Moss Kanter (25)

  39 Julian Birkinshaw (-)

  40 Subir Chowdhury (50)

  41 Fons Trompenaars (42)

  42 Chris Zook (-)

  43 Sydney Finkelstein (-)

  44 Anil Gupta (-)

  45 Andrew Kakabadse (44)

  46 Rakesh Khurana (41)

  47 Celia de Anca (-)

  48 Liz Wiseman (-)

  49 Doug Ready (-)

  50 Wang Shi (-)

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