Clayton Christensen ranked Thinkers50 Number 1. Again.

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Thinkers50, considered the Oscars of management thinking has again announced Professor Clayton Christensen as the winner of the Thinkers50 Winners Award. This is Professor Christensen’s second time winning the prestigious award, the first being in 2011. The award aims to “identify, rank and share” the top management thinking in the world.


Started in 2001, previous winners include Peter Drucker, credited by BusinessWeek as “the man who invented Management, Michael Porter, the ‘father’ of modern corporate strategy, and CK Prahalad who has authored five seminal books on strategy. Professor Christensen’s global influence on business is great; his theory of disruptive innovation explained why management practices make it difficult for companies to innovate within their markets. His microeconomic ideas have impacted on all industries, recently focusing on industries like healthcare and education, and now his recent work ‘The Capitalist’s Dilemma’ steps back and looks at the macroeconomic problems facing global economies today.

Other names on this list include Blue Ocean thinkers, INSTEAD professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne ranked second due to their highly influential Blue Ocean Strategy which has inspired businesses, governments and not-for-profits around the world. Roger Martin, the co-author of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works was ranked third, while his aforementioned book placed number 1 for the Thinkers50 Best Book Award.

The winners were announced in a Press Release on November 11, and the Forbes article The World’s Most Influential Business Thinkers 2013 elaborates on the award and the winners list. Professor Christensen’s acceptance speech for both his 2011 and 2013 win can be viewed below.