Ideas have the power to change the world. It’s a mantra that propels organizations and individuals alike to innovate, to push boundaries, and stimulate change and progress. It’s also a mission shared by all of the thought leaders Stern Speakers represents. And it’s why six of them were celebrated earlier this week as among the top 50 global leadership and management thinkers.
Clayton Christensen, the foremost authority on innovation and originator of the disruptive innovation theory, has been named the most influential living management thinker in the world by Thinkers50 for the second time running, an achievement matched only by management legends Peter Drucker and CK Prahalad. “Christensen’s influence on the business world has been profound,” the organization wrote.
A Harvard Business School professor, Christensen is committed to improving the world through disruptive innovation. His work, and also that of The Clayton Christensen Institute, the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank he founded, offers a unique framework for understanding, and addressing, many of society’s most pressing problems – among them health care and education.
Other Stern Speakers’ clients named to the list include:
- Michael Porter – widely recognized as the father of modern business strategy and competition, the Harvard Business School professor currently focuses his work on elevating America’s competitiveness, and on understanding and addressing pressing problems in health care delivery in the U.S. and other countries
- Pankaj Ghemawat – the professor of global strategy at IESE Business School in Barcelona, just released the second Global Connectedness Index analyzing global flows and their power to increase prosperity, which further supports his argument against the popular presumption that globalization has already happened
- Tammy Erickson – a global authority on organizations and the changing workforce – the shifting relationship between individuals and corporations – her work, based on decades of extensive research, is centered on enhancing innovation, productivity and collaboration
- Henry Chesbrough – the creator of open innovation, one of the most influential theories of modern business, his insights into open innovation models have restructured the world of research and development, and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter – through 35 years of research, work and teaching, this renowned Harvard Business School professor has inspired cutting-edge innovation, strategy, leadership and culture across a broad spectrum of for-profit and non-profit industries while arming executives with the tools needed to tackle social change
Described as the “Oscars of Management Thinking,” Thinkers50’s global ranking is published every two years, and is “the essential guide to which thinkers and which ideas matter now and which have been consigned to business history.”