London Business School Professors Lynda Gratton, Herminia Ibarra and Michael Jacobides are all listed in this year’s Thinkers50, a global ranking which identifies the most influential living management thinkers today and is published every two years as a guide to which thinkers and ideas matter now.
The new Thinkers50 ranking is the most diverse and global to date. It features a majority of women for the first time and includes thinkers from more than ten countries (including the US, China, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium and France).
Thinkers50 co-founder, joint editor of the Financial Times Handbook of Management and former editor of London Business School’s award-winning magazine Business Strategy Review, Stuart Crainer, said: “Our belief [is] that collaboration and community lie at the heart of the Thinkers50—and organisational success. London Business School faculty have always featured prominently in the Thinkers50 ranking. We were delighted to have contributions to our 2021 gala from Herminia Ibarra, Michael Jacobides and Lynda Gratton. Their work really resonates with our global audience of thinkers and practitioners.”
Speaking about her inclusion in Thinkers50, Professor Lynda Gratton said: “I am delighted to be included in the list. At London Business School, creating a strong link between our research and corporate practice is crucial – so I am pleased that our work has been acknowledged.”
Professor Herminia Ibarra added: “I’m grateful to the Thinkers50 for recognizing my work on leadership skills for the future and for an inclusive organisation, and to the practitioners and students that have been willing to play with my ideas.”
Professor Michael Jacobides said that “It is great to see the recognition of research that is relevant to practice. Navigating the increasingly complex but promising world of digital ecosystems and businesses model disruption requires more than buzzwords: it requires research, validated by work with corporates and regulators alike."
When it was launched in 2001, Thinkers50 was the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. It has been published every two years since, and remains the premier ranking of its kind. Thinkers50 identifies, ranks, and shares the very best management ideas globally, recognising individual achievement across a range of management categories, and the definitive global ranking of the 50 most influential business thinkers is published.
Since 2001, the scope of Thinkers50 has broadened to include a range of activities that support our mission of providing innovative access to powerful business and management ideas – ideas that will make the world a better place.
That mission is based on three core beliefs: