Management Gurus - The
World's Most Respected Management Thinkers
IIM's Management Society recognizes and honors the work of the world's top
management thinkers. A team of IIM researchers conducted the study. Researchers'
criteria for accepting nominations included the importance of
published work, media coverage and recognition within the consulting,
academic and international management communities. The list is provided
in alphabetical order (by last name), and it does not provide a
quantitative ranking of the nominees. However the most respected
groundbreaking works were from Michael E. Porter, followed by Robert Kaplan. While most recognized names were Stephen Covey and
Anthony Robbins, the most quoted
criteria by for nomination where their publications
The World's Most Respected Management
Thinkers (in alphabetical order):
- Gary Becker, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in
Economics for his work on Human Capital
- Michael A. Cusumano, author of "Competing on Internet Time"
- Peter Drucker, Widely recognized as the
father of modern management. "Concept of the Corporation"
- Daniel Goleman, author of the
best seller "Emotional
- Gary Hamel,
author of "Leading the Revolution"
- Michael Hammer, co-author of "Reengineering
- Charles Handy, author of The Age of
Unreason and Age of Paradox.
- Robert Kaplan, author of "The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action
(also with D. Norton)"
- John Kotter, John P. Kotter on "What Leaders Really Do"
- Philip Kotler, co-author of "Marketing Moves: A New Approach to Profits, Growth &
- Kenichi Ohmae, author of "The Invisible
Continent: 4 Strategic Imperatives of the New Economy"
- C. K. Prahalad, co-author of "Competing
for the Future: Breakthrough Strategies for Seizing Control of Your Industry
and Creating the Markets of Tomorrow"
- Michael E. Porter, author of "Competitive Strategy: Techniques for
Analyzing Industries and Competitors"
- Edgar Schein, inventor of the term "Corporate
- Peter Senge, MIT professor and author of The
Fifth Discipline: The Art
and Practice of the Learning Organization
- Alvin Toffler, author of "Future Shock" and
"The Third Wave"
- Tom Peters, author of "In Search of
- Ken Blanchard, author of "One Minute
- Anthony Robbins, author of the "Personal Power" series
- Stephen Covey, author of "The Seven
Habits of Highly Successful People"
According to Mr. Med Jones, Editor-in-Chief, no "elite" list is all-inclusive. There
are many successful management thinkers who do not have equal media or research exposure. The nomination for A List is open worldwide.
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Methodology & Ranking Criteria
methodology provides the ability to validate nominations and allows
insights into the nominees' critical success factors.
Public stakeholders can nominate
their most respected companies and their leaders.
Voters are then asked to give the reasons for their nominations, thus
providing valuable insight into what key factors drive the success of
these nominees. Questions are presented in free-form
and open-ended formats.
Further research is conducted to validate the
entries using sales figures, business/investment analysts ratings, competitive benchmarking and
market impact as expressed in the global media.
After verification and acceptance of the nomination,
the input is then statistically analyzed taking into consideration the
geographic region, the relationship with the company, the number of votes, the
listed reasons and the order in which they are listed.
When two or more companies score
equally on overall ratings (reach a tie) IIM editors refer to the
number of votes.
In a nutshell, the public nominates, IIM editors validate the
nominations, and the number votes determines the respectability and ranking.
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