Eight Indians made it to Thinkers 50, a bi-annual global ranking of 50 most influential thinkers. The list compiled by consultancy Crainer Dearlove promoted by Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove was released in November 2011. The list of the final 50 was arrived at by panelists who relied on criteria such as originality of ideas,practicality of ideas,presentation style,written communication,loyalty of followers,business sense,international outlook,rigor of research,impact of ideas and the elusive guru factor.
At No. 3 is Indian- Vijay Govindarajan, a professor of international business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US, while Nitin Nohria, dean of the Harvard Business School, came in at No. 13 on the list.
Govindarajan, author of The Other Side of Innovation that focuses on how to turn an innovative idea into a successful commercial business, moved up from 24th position in the 2009 list and 23rd position in the 2007 list.
Others Indians in the list include Nirmalya Kumar, professor at London Business School, at number 26, Pankaj Ghemawat, professor at IESE Business School in Spain, at number 27, chief executive of IT firm HCL Technologies, Vineet Nayar at number 40 and Sudhir Choudhury at number 50. Sheena Iyengar, a professor at Columbia Business School, and Rakesh Kurana, a professor at Harvard Business School also made it to the list at 48 and 41 ranks respectively.
Nirmalya Kumar is known for his works around India’s rise as an economic force while Nayar is known for his management strategy Employees First, Customers Second, that has recently gotten the attention of management gurus.
Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School topped the 2011 Thinkers50 list. Christensen, the author of several best-selling books including The Innovator’s Dilemma, topped the list for the first time.
At two in the 2011 ranking are the INSEAD professors W Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. Kim and Mauborgne, Korean and American respectively, are the authors of Blue Ocean Strategy and a string of highly influential Harvard Business Review articles.
Founded in 2001, Thinkers 50 is a highly coveted recognition in the world of business management. Late CK Prahlad, known for his work Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid topped the list in 2007 and 2009. Well known management thinker Peter Drucker topped the list 2001 and 2003.