Thinkers50: Amy Edmondson Tops the “Oscars of Management”

Every two years, Thinkers50 selects the 50 best management thinkers of our time. Yesterday, the 2023 ranking was unveiled at the prestigious Guild Hall in London.

The top-ranked Management Thinker, holding the position for the second time in a row, is Harvard Business School Professor of Leadership Amy Edmondson. Her research and books focus on organizational behavior and learning. Her recent bestsellers include “The Fearless Organization” on psychological safety and her most recent work, “The Right Kind of Wrong.”

In the second position is Adam Grant, a renowned researcher and motivational speaker with a substantial social media following of several million fans.

Paul Polman and Andrew Winston hold the third spot, introducing the concept of ‘net positivity.’ They define it as a company’s ability to enhance the well-being of all its stakeholders, including the environment, through its operations, products, and services while achieving prosperity. Paul Polman is known to corporate circles for his ten-year tenure as the CEO of Unilever before he retired in 2019.

Ranked from fourth to tenth are notable figures such as Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute; the authors of “Blue Ocean Strategy”, W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne, Columbia Business School professors Sheena Iyengar and Rita McGrath, inventors of the Business Model Canvas, Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur, innovation and transformation advisor Scott D. Anthony, and Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley.

Among the 50 laureates, you can also find prominent names and bestselling authors Daniel Pink and Simon Sinek, award-winning psychologist Susan David, Hal Gregersen from M.I.T., Harvard Business School Leadership Chair Linda Hill, distinguished leadership professor at London Business School Herminia Ibarra, strategist Roger Martin, and other leading thinkers.
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Amy Edmondson and Daniel Pink will be speaking at the Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna end of November.

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