Widely regarded as “The Oscars of Management Thinking”, every two years Thinkers50 produces the world’s most prestigious management ranking and the awards are given at a gala event in London.
# 1 Michael Porter
Thinkers50 calls Michael Porter, 68, “the father of modern business strategy.” Regarded as an expert on competitiveness, his Five Forces Framework was the definitive approach for decades and is still taught in every business school in the world.
Why does Porter return to the No. 1 slot in 2015 after previously topping the list in 2007? His Five Forces Framework has become relevant in the era of Digital Substitution. When you apply the model today, Substitution has grown disproportionately versus the other forces. Specifically the threat of Digital Transformation.
# 2 Clayton Christensen
The second of three Harvard Business School professors on the list is widely revered best-selling author Clayton Christensen, 63, who topped the Thinkers50 ranking in 2011 and 2013. This year he’s in second place. His 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma is considered his classic work.
Our regular reader might remember last years war of words between Christensen y Jill Lepore, Profesor of American History at Harvard University.
#6 Linda A. Hill
Linda A. Hill is the current high flyer and my personal favorite, moving up from #16, #8 and #6 in 2015. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, and also chairs the School’s Leadership Initiative. Hill’s latest work is Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (2014) is a timely book on how a CEO should organize and lead for Innovation.
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