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Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award Announced

8th November 2013

Thinkers50 have announced that the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Ikujiro Nonaka, a Japanese organisational theorist and Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of the Hitotsubashi University.

Thinkers50 is the number one global ranking of the most inspirational business thinkers of our time. Speaking about the Lifetime Achievement award, Thinker50 co-founder Des Dearlove stated ‘The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to someone who has had a long term impact on the way people think about and practice management.”

Ikujiro is being awarded for helping people all over the world to understand Japanese Management and how it works. He has ensured that business leaders all over the world understand the concept of knowledge and how it can be used as a competitive advantage.

Ikujiro quit his job in Japan to study in the US and he stated ‘My ambition was to develop a new, original, made in Japan theory, rather than borrowing the theories from elsewhere…Instead of simply chasing numbers, wise leaders focus on shaping the future together with others considering shared contexts and the common good.’

The Thinker50 award evening will take place on the 11th of November at Drapers Hall in London, where Ikujiro will receive his award.

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