Since 2001, the management ranking organization Thinkers50 has ranked the world’s top 50 thinkers in management every two years, based on online voting from a carefully selected shortlist and the input of a panel of experts.
The organization seeks to identify those select few business thinkers whose writing, research, and work genuinely influences the way leaders and companies operate.
These thought leaders are evaluated by 10 criteria that measure short-term and long-term influence.
Recent impact, defined as the past two years, is based on the relevancy of their ideas, the rigor of their research, how well they present their ideas, the accessibility of what they produce, and how internationally applicable the ideas are.
The long-term impact, which includes the past 20 years, is based on the originality of the ideas, their effects, how practical they are, if they make real business sense, and their power to inspire.
Last night, in a ceremony billed as “the Oscars of management thinking,” the new ranking was revealed.
15. Amy Edmonson
Edmonson is a professor at Harvard Business School whose work focuses on teaming and collaboration. She also worked with the legendary inventor Buckminster Fuller, and wrote a book explaining his work.
She ranked at No. 35 in 2011. Her most recent book is “Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy.”
14. Lynda Gratton
Gratton is a professor of management at London Business School who focuses on how people behave in large organizations and what the future of work might look like.
She came in at No. 12 in the last ranking, and her most recent book is “The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here.”
13. Daniel Pink
He jumped 13 spots in this year’s rankings, from No. 29 in 2011.