Influential Management Thinkers

The Thinkers 50 2005 provides a completely new ranking. Produced by Suntop Media in association with the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), it is the definitive bi-annual guide to which thinkers and ideas are in – and which have been consigned to business history.

The Thinkers 50
Here are the top 12:

  1. Michael Porter
  2. Bill Gates
  3. CK Prahalad
  4. Tom Peters
  5. Jack Welch
  6. Jim Collins
  7. Philip Kotler
  8. Henry Mintzberg
  9. Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale
  10. Charles Handy
  11. Richard Branson
  12. Scott Adams

Two of our favorites are on this list: Henry Mintzberg and Scott Adams. Scott Adams said,

My first reaction was to feel sorry for the poor bastards who ranked 13 through 50. I imagine they would have felt pretty good about making the list until they were topped by the guy who wants to adopt a frozen embryo, name it Amy and keep it in the fridge.

I’m not entirely sure who I’m influencing with my world-class management thinking, but it can’t be a good thing.

We Influential Management Thinkers,” Dilbert Blog, December 22, 2005

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