Media has released what it considers to
be the top 50 business management leaders
for 2005. The Biannual Thinkers 50 list
has named Michael Porter of Harvard Business
Schools Institute for Strategy and
Competitiveness as the most influential
living management thinker of 2005.
Thinkers 50 was first started in 2001
and ranks each business management leader
after gathering votes from more than 1200
business people, consultants, academics
and MBA students worldwide. After cutting
the list back to 80 management gurus,
they are ranked according to a range of
criteria. They include:
originality of the Ideas of each management
practical are the Ideas, and have the
idea been successfully implemented?
style of ideas.
the leader presents his thoughts and
ideas in writing.
of those that follow the ideas of the
manager and how successfully they implement
sense and how successfully they implement
their ideas in their own companies.
they have an international outlook?
their ideas well researched?
their ideas affected the way other leaders
manage or think about management?
factor asks if they have what it takes
to be a management Guru!
in at number 2 after Harvard Business
School's Michael Porter is the new and
improved Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.
His image turnaround of recent years has
transformed him from the Monty
Burns of business management
into being voted second on a living manager
guru list, and being voted Person
of the Year by the Time magazine
for 2005. All this while still keeping
his number one position as the World's
The top 20 Business Management Thinkers
for 2005 include:
1 Michael Porter - Harvard Business School
(2) = Previous position
Gates - Microsoft (20)
3 CK Prahalad - University of Michigans
Business School (12)
4 Tom Peters - Tom Peters Group (3)
Welch - Former General Electric
6 Jim Collins - Good to Great author (10)
7 Philip Kotler - Marketing expert (6)
8 Henry Mintzberg - Business management
9 Kjell Nordstrom Jonas Ridderstrale -
Stockholm School of Economics (21)
10 Charles Handy - Business writer, lecturer
and consultant (5)
Branson - Virgin founder and
12 Scott Adams - Dilbert cartoonist (27)
13 Thomas A. Stewart - Columnist (37)
14 Gary Hamel - Business Author (4)
15 Chan Kim & Renee Maugorgne - (31)
16 Kenichi Ohmae - Japanese management
17 Patrick Dixon - Chairman of Global
Covey - Business Author (16)
19 Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Harvard Business
School professor (9)
De Bono - Author (35)
the full list at the Thinkers50
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