World's Top 30 Management Professionals for 2019

Guru #1

Daniel Pink

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Daniel H. “Dan” Pink is the author of five books about business, work, and management that have sold two million copies worldwide and have been translated into 34 languages. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children. He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from the Pratt Institute (2013), the Ringling College of Art and Design (2011), and Westfield State University (2010).

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Guru #2

James Collins

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Mr. James Collins III is a management philosopher a consultant a teacher and author of several best selling books. He is the author of the books Built to Last, Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall And Why Some Companies Never Give In, Great by Choice, Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck and Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. Dedicated on his craft of helping companies excel and sustaining their success, Jim started his research and teaching career in the faculty at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992.In 1995 Collins has served as a senior executive at CNN International and also worked with social sector organizations.In 2005 he published a monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors. His most recent book is Great by Choice Uncertainty Chaos and Luck Why Some Thrive Despite Them All coauthored with Morten Hansen.

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Guru #3

Rita Gunther McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned thought leader and a professor at Columbia Business School, where she directs the popular Leading Strategic Growth and Change program. She is widely recognized as a premiere expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. In her speeches and consulting, Rita works with Fortune 1,000 companies, helping boards, CEOs, and senior executives act strategically in rapidly changing and volatile environments. She has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s top ten management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.

Rita is recognized as one of a small group of experts who have built today’s best-in-class innovation practices, and her tools for making innovation a managed proficiency was integral to the foundation of the “lean startup” movement. In 2009, she was elected as a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society in recognition of her impact on the field. She has also been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and has received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.

Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and the upcoming Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sept. 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed.

Rita is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive events around the globe, including the Global Peter Drucker Forum and various CEO summits. She regularly contributes articles and perspectives in business-oriented publications such as Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and Fortune.  One of the most published authors in the Harvard Business Review, Rita’s writing includes the breakthrough article “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995).

Her work is often cited in the press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, CNN Business, and NPR’s Marketplace. She has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company and was voted HR Magazine’s “Most Influential International Thinker.”

Rita is the founder of Valize, a company focused on helping organizations go beyond innovation theater by developing tools to implement the Discovery Driven Growth approach.

Previously in her career, Rita served as an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com.

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Guru #4

Clayton Christensen

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Clayton Christensen wears many hats in his life: professor, author, entrepreneur, missionary, husband, and father. He is One of the worlds pre-eminent experts on innovation. Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the boutique investment firm Rose Park Advisors. Clay is the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. His first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997); and in 2011 The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written. His other articles and books have received the Abernathy, Newcomen, James Madison, and Circle Prizes. Clay is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, given each year to the two best articles published in the Harvard Business Review; and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival (2010). .

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Guru #5

Michael Eugene Porter

Michael Eugene Porter is a Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. After his B.S.E. with high honors in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Princeton University Porter received an M.B.A. with high distinction in 1971 from Harvard Business School. Michael Porter authored 18 books and numerous articles including Competitive Strategy, Competitive Advantage, Competitive Advantage of Nations and On Competition. Michael Porters core field is competition and company strategy. He is generally recognized as the father of the modern strategy field. His ideas are taught in virtually every business schools globally. His work is recognized in many governments corporations and academic circles around the globe. He is a leading authority on company strategy and the competitiveness of nations and regions. He chairs Harvard Business Schools program dedicated for newly appointed CEOs of very large corporations. Recently Porter has paid remarkable attention to health care sector and published a good number of articles.

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Guru #6

Daniel Goleman

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Daniel Goleman is an internationally recognized psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses.He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. Goleman is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, which fosters dialogues and research collaborations among contemplative practitioners and scientists. The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Accenture Insititute for Strategic Change have listed Goleman among the most influential business thinkers. He is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. His book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 40 languages. This book was named one of the 25 Most Influential Business Management Books by TIME Magazine. Also he has written books on topics such as self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis.

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Guru #7

Roger Martin

Roger Martin is Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management. From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years. His research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He writes extensively and is a regular contributor to: Harvard Business Review’s The Conversation blog, the Financial Times Judgment Call column, and Washington Post’s On Leadership blog. He has written eighteen Harvard Business Review articles and published eight books: Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley) (Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2013)

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Guru #8

Don Tapscott

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Don Tapscott is Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L.Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker who specializes in business strategy, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. Tapscott holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, and a M.Ed. specializing in Research Methodology. He also holds three honorary Doctor of Laws granted by the University of Alberta, Trent University, and McMaster University. During his Master’s of Education at the University of Alberta, he ran for mayor of Edmonton in the 1977 municipal election. Tapscott has authored or co-authored fourteen books on the application of technology in business and society. His book,Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, co-authored by Anthony D. Williams, was an international bestseller and was translated into 20 languages. His another book The Digital Economy was among the first to show how the internet would change the way we did business.

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Guru #9

Dr. Philip Kotler

Dr. Philip Kotler is a world famous Management and Marketing guru and a distinguished professor at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago. He is hailed by Management Centre Europe as the foremost expert on the strategic practice of marketing in the world. Dr. Kotler is known to many as the author of what is widely recognized as the most authoritative textbook on marketing Marketing Management. Also he has authored or co authored dozens of leading books on marketing. In addition Dr. Kotler has published more than one hundred articles in leading journals including the Harvard Business Review Sloan management Review Business Horizons California. Dr. Kotler presents seminars on leading management and marketing concepts and developments to companies and organizations in the U.S. Europe and Asia. A seasoned business concept guru Kotler is hired by businesses and organizations from every corner of the world to train up and develop their people so as to prepare them for new challenges.

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Guru #10

John Kotter

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John Kotter has been a Harvard Business School professor for over 30 years and is an internationally renowned author on leadership and change. His 18 books include international bestseller Leading Change and followed by Our Iceberg Is Melting, which puts his 8-step process for change into a fun and easy to read format. In addition to the Leadership Guru Award John Kotter was awarded, Business Week magazine rated Kotter the #1 leadership guru in America based on a survey they conducted of 504 enterprises in 2001. After his 30 years of success in teaching, he decided to start a company that would arm leaders to tackle the challenges of changing times, Kotter International helps organizations execute Kotters strategies, and leaves them with the capability to take on future business challenges and react to them quickly with agility and direction. John Kotter received full marks on being unique with his concepts and ideas. His presence on the stage alone commands absolute attention allowing listeners to gather enough information to use in the future. His comeback to the guru list is attributed to the licensing of his Leading Bold Change workshops based on his bestseller Our Iceberg is Melting which is refocusing the international business public to his global contribution.

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Guru #11

Tom Peters

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A navy personnel turned management professional Tom Peters writes and speaks about a very special area of management i.e. personal and business empowerment and problem solving methodologies. Peter went to Severn School for High School and attended Cornell University receiving a bachelors degree in civil engineering in 1965 and a masters degree in 1966. He later studied business at Stanford Business School receiving an M.B.A. and Ph.D. In 2004 he also received an honorary doctorate from the State University of Management in Moscow. He is called the most provocative and engaging management guru in the USA. He is also called the Red Bull of management thinkers. He is a best selling author of the book In Search of Excellence which became a bestseller and had exposure in the United States at a national level when a series of television specials based on the book and hosted by him appeared on PBS.

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Guru #12

Jeffrey Pfeffer

JEFFREY PFEFFER is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 15 books.

Pfeffer has presented seminars in 39 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States.

Jeffrey Pfeffer has won the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. He was listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50 and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. In November, 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.

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Guru #13

Ram Charan

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Ram Charan is a business adviser, author and speaker with 35 years of experiences. He worked with companies such as GE MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya, Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings and Grupo RBS. Ram is famous for cutting through the complexity of running a business in the fast changing environment of today. He has been praised for his real world solutions shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications. His ideas have been widely accepted for being practical relevant and highly actionable. Through keen observations he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth talent development corporate governance and profitability. He is an energetic interactive speaker who has won several awards such as the Bell Ringer award at GEs famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern.

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Guru #14

Brian P. Moran

Brian Moran, President and Founder of The 12 Week Year, has 30 years of expertise as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant and coach. His background as a corporate executive combined with his experience as an entrepreneur positions him with a unique skill set to help individuals and organizations grow and prosper.

Brian’s corporate experience includes management and executive positions with UPS, PepsiCo, and Northern Automotive. As an entrepreneur he has personally launched and led successful businesses and been instrumental in the success of many others. In addition, he has consulted for dozens of world-class companies.

Brian is a recognized expert in the field of leadership and execution. His realization that most people don’t lack ideas but struggle with effective implementation led him to the development of The 12 Week YearTM. In addition to his books, Brian has been published in many of the leading business journals and magazines. He is a sought after speaker, educating and inspiring thousands each year. Brian lives in Michigan with his wife Judy and their two daughters.

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Guru #15

Alex Osterwalder

One of the world’s most influential proponents of business model innovation and value proposition design, Alexander (Alex) Osterwalder provides a framework for large companies and startups to innovate by rapidly experimenting with new business models and value propositions. He is co founder of Strategyzer, an innovation powerhouse that helps organizations develop growth engines, better customer understanding, more attractive value propositions and powerful business models via online applications and blended online/offline courses.

Osterwalder invented the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Culture Map, and Business Portfolio Map, to help business people with practical tools to help address important strategic jobs. He simplifies the strategy development process, turning complex concepts into digestible visual models. As a result, a better language for identifying and communicating value is created and disseminated throughout an organization. Osterwalder’s talks – which illuminate the application of these practical tools with current market examples – consistently rank first or second among his peers at global conferences. By punctuating his informative speeches with humor and interactive exercises, Osterwalder establishes a deep and direct connection with audiences ranging from five to 5,000 and beyond, commanding high levels of participation, engagement and enthusiasm. His speeches further reveal how his business model and value proposition frameworks allow companies to grasp and maintain a competitive advantage in the midst of a crowded, or previously uncharted, industry.

  • passionate entrepreneur, in 2010, Osterwalder co-founded Strategyzer, a leading innovation powerhouse that helps organizations develop growth engines, improve customer understanding, and establish more attractive value propositions and business models. His world-renowned Business Model Canvas is trusted by more than five million business practitioners from leading global companies, such as Coca-Cola, GE, Mastercard, Ericsson, Fujitsu, 3M, Intel and Microsoft, and is outlined in his international best-seller, “Business Model Generation” (Wiley, 2010), which was named among the 12 best business books of all time by USA Today. His second book, “Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want” (Wiley, 2014), continues the conversation by addressing how to find a better fit between a product and its intended market.

Osterwalder won the 2015 strategy award from Thinkers50 and currently ranks #7 among the top 50 business thinkers of the world. In 2013, he won the European Union’s inaugural Innovation Luminary Award. A frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies,

Osterwalder travels the world discussing his ideas and strategies at leading universities such as Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD. He holds a doctorate from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a founding member of The Constellation, a global not-for-profit organization aimed at eliminating HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

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Guru #16

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz

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Former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a professor at Columbia University, Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is a great economist. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979. His latest book The Price of Inequality hit The New York Times best seller list in 2012. He is known for his critical view of the management of globalization. Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a think tank on international development based at Columbia University in the year 2000. He chaired very important positions in institutions like Columbia University, University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Stiglitz has over 40 honorary doctorates and at least eight honorary professorships, as well as an honorary deanship. Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade.

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Guru #17

Antonio Nieto Rodriguez

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the world’s champion in project management. He has transformed a tactical topic such as project management into one of the central issues in CEO’s 2030 agenda. He argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.

Antonio’s research and global impact in modern management been recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award “Ideas into Practice”. He has influenced CEOs of leading organizations; preeminent business media such as Harvard Business Review and The Economist; top business schools like Instituto de Empresa and Duke CE; renowned thought leader conclaves, such as Thinkers50 and the Peter Drucker Forum. His vision has impacted thousands of organizations leaders and MBA students.

He is a visiting professor at some of the world leading businesses schools (including Duke CE, Skolkovo, IE, Solvay, Vlerick); and a much in demand keynote speaker at events worldwide. Author of the bestselling “The Focused Organization” (Gower 2012) and contributor to four other business books. His next book, “The Project Revolution” (LID 2019) has been just published.

Global Chairman of the Project Management Institute in 2016, his work focuses on advising senior leaders on  ; prioritize and implement strategic initiatives; build high-performing teams; work across silos and become a learning organization; all essential elements to create a culture that strives for execution, excellence, and collaboration.

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Guru #18

Howard Earl Gardner

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Howard Earl Gardner is an American developmental psychologist. He is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and a Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. He authored over twenty books that were translated into thirty languages. He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences as presented in his book Frames of Mind The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Howard Gardner has been heavily involved in school reform efforts in the United States since 1980’s. Most of Gardners post secondary education has taken place at Harvard University. He is currently a board member at Amherst College and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He served on the board of the Spencer Foundation for 10 years (2001-2011). In his books articles and presentations Howard always shows up with his spirit of psychological development of humans and thereby the improvement of the entire social system.

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Guru #19

Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob Nelson is considered one of the world’s leading experts on employee motivation, performance, engagement, recognition and rewards.  He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company located in San Diego, California that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems.

He has worked with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies and has presented on six continents. He is a co-founder of Recognition Professionals International and previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) for 10 years as his vice president, chief of staff and ghost writer.

Dr. Nelson has sold 5 million books on management and motivation, which have been translated into 37 languages, including:

  • 1501 Ways to Reward Employees
  • 1001 Ways to Engage Employees 
  • The Management Bible
  • Employee Recognition and Engagement For Dummies
  • The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook
  • 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work
  • Please Don’t Just Do What I Tell You: Do What Needs To Be Done!
  • Keeping Up in a Down Economy: What the Best Companies Do to Get Results in Tough Times
  • Ubuntu: An Inspiring Story of an African Principle of Teamwork and Collaboration

He has appeared extensively in the national media including CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, National Public Radio and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Inc., and other media to discuss how to best motivate today’s employees.

He holds an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and received his PhD in management with Dr. Peter F. Drucker “The Father of Modern Management” at the Drucker Graduate Management School of Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. He teaches in the MBA program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California in San Diego.

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Guru #20

Barbara Kellerman

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Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F.Kennedy School of Government. Kellerman received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. In 2010 she was given the Wilbur M. McFeeley award by the National Management Association. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. Once she was the Founding Executive Director of the Kennedy Schools Center for Public Leadership. Also from 2003 to 2006 she served as the Centers Research Director. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham Tufts Fairleigh Dickinson George Washington Uppsala and Dartmouth. She also served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Fairleigh Dickinson and as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland. Kellerman speaks to audiences all over the world on various topics of management and leadership. She has written and edited 16 books on leadership and followership.

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Guru #21

Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel was recently ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the worlds most influential business thinker and by Fortune magazine as the worlds leading expert on business strategy. Hamel authored books like Competing for the Future Leading the Revolution and The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In twenty years Hamel has authored 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Reviews history. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal Fortune, The Financial Times and many other leading publications around the world. Currently he is a Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management. As a consultant and management educator Hamel has worked for companies such as General Electric Time Warner Nestle Shell Best Buy Procter Gamble 3M IBM and Microsoft. His pioneering concepts such as strategic intent core competence industry revolution and management innovation have changed the practice of management in companies around the world.

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Guru #22

Henry Mintzberg

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Henry Mintzberg is a professor at McGill University in Montreal for 40 years. He is a consistently contrary Canadian academic who sometimes seems to be undermining the very industry that he works in. He is very critical for managers nowadays and especially in the MBA courses offered in the universities. He has been controversial through his 1975 Harvard Business Review article in which he examined what a number of managers in different industries actually did and found that they were not the robotic paragons of efficiency that they were usually made out to be. He found that the average manager are jumping from topic to topic and they are not good listeners. He said the pressures of his job drive the manager to be superficial in his actions. He termed the MBA as the bread and butter course saying that this course teaches the managers to do nothing. He analyzed and found five types of organizations the simple structure the machine bureaucracy the professional bureaucracy and the divisionalized form.

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Guru #23

Lynda Gratton

Lynda is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading programme on human resources.

Lynda is the founder of Hot Spots Movement and since 2008 she has led the Future of Work Research Consortium which has brought together executives from more than 100 companies.

Over the last 20 years Lynda has written extensively about the interface between people and organisations. Her eight books cover the link between business and HR strategy (Living Strategy), the new ways of

working (The Democratic Enterprise), the rise of complex collaboration (Hot Spots and Glow) and the impact of a changing world on employment and work (The Shift).

In 2012 The Shift received the business book of the year award in Japan and has been translated into more than 15 languages. In 2015 The Key won the CMI Management Book of the Year. This book looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices and processes and on leadership. In 2016, Lynda Gratton and co-author Professor Andrew Scott, published The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, which, translated into many languages, continues to generate significant interest across the world, also in Japan, where it quickly became a bestseller. It was shortlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year award.

Lynda’s work has been acknowledged globally – she has won the Tata prize in India; in the US she has been named as the annual Fellow of NAHR and won the CCL prize; whilst in Australia she has won the HR prize. Lynda is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council of Leadership. She has served as a judge on the FT Business Book of the Year panel, chairs the Drucker Prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School. In 2017, Lynda became an Advisor for @GoogleOrg’s initiative to help people prepare for the changing nature of work and was also, as the only foreigner, invited by Prime Minister Abe of Japan to join a new advisory council “Council for designing the 100-year-life society”.

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Guru #24

Rhenald Khasali

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Rhenald Khasali is an academic and business practitioner who was born in Jakarta. He is a respected professor at the Faculty of Economics Universitas Indonesia and Chairman of the Graduate Management Science Universitys Faculty of Economics. As a professor he holds a Ph. D. from the University of Illinois and is fairly productive in generating writing. Several books have been produced and among them is titled Nine Phenomenon, Business Success, Presentation Change, Recode, Change Your DNA and many more. Rhenald Khasali focuses on development business. He asserts that real luck is when opportunity meets with preparation furthermore Entrepreneurship is not exist by itself but must be created.

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Guru #25

W. Chan Kim

W. Chan Kim is the Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute and a Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management at INSEAD. His book Blue Ocean Strategy, co-authored with Renée Mauborgne, has sold 3.6 million copies and is a bestseller across five continents.

Kim is ranked in the top 3 management gurus in the world in the Thinkers50 listing of the World’s Top Management Gurus and the Journal of International Management recognizes him as one of the world’s most influential academic journal authors in global strategy. He was selected for the 2011 Leadership Hall of Fame by Fast Company magazine and was named among the world’s top 5 best business school professors by MBA Rankings. He also received the Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and an advisory member for the European Union. He also serves as an advisor to several countries.

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Guru #26

Noel M. Tichy

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Dr. Noel M Tichy is an American management consultant author and educator. Dr. Tichy not only extends hi s expertise to business firms and private sectors but also to the academies as well. A dedicated Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Noel is also the Director of Global Business Partnership which ran the Global Leadership Program. He has a great impact in developing senior executives managing skills especially in this age when there are huge threats of globalization for small and rising organizations. His past works include heading GEs Leadership Center and also a working as a professor at Columbia University Business School. Dr. Tichy is the author of good number of books. His most recent book is JUDGMENT How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls. His huge contribution in management arena regarded him as one of the Top 10 Management Gurus by Business Week. He is widely known in the North America.

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Guru #27

Curt Coffman

A New York Times Bestselling author, researcher, business scientist, and consultant, Curt Coffman has been at the forefront of employee engagement for more than thirty years as an expert in the science of high performance cultures.

As the Global Practice Leader for employee and customer engagement at Gallup for twenty-two years, and now as Chief Science Officer at The Coffman Organization, Coffman has studied hundreds of organizations and millions of their employees and customers.

His work launched a new era in employee engagement and manager development. First, Break all the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers do Differently (coauthored with Marcus Buckingham), one of the bestselling management books of all time, dispelled conventional wisdom about management and shared the practices that define great managers in every industry. The books that followed, Follow This Path: How the World’s Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential, and Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: The Secret of Extraordinary Results (coauthored with Dr. Kathie Sorensen), provide practical insight for individuals and organizations seeking to maximize their potential and build a productive culture.

An international leader in the world of management and engagement consulting, Mr. Coffman’s work has been translated into over 40 languages.  His research and writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Business Week, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Fortune, among other management journals. He has invested 30+ years in the science of high performance cultures. His mission is to help organizations, their leaders, managers and associates to create more engaging and productive workplaces to secure the loyalty and growth of their customers and business.

An insightful and engaging speaker, Mr. Coffman has presented to thousands of groups on creating great cultures that impact individuals and their families, drive organizational growth, and create engaged customers.

Mr. Coffman has been married for over 30 years, to his talented wife, Tammy. They reside in Denver, CO and are the proud parents of daughters, Katie and Claire, a son, Clayton, son-in-law, Geoff, and grandparents to Eli, Ollie, Lucy, and Stella.

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Tamara J. Ericksonis

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Tamara J. Ericksonis a McKinsey Award-winning author, a leading expert on generations in the workplace, and a widely-respected authority on leadership, the changing workforce, collaboration and innovation, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has three-times been named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, the respected ranking of global business thinkers. Erickson is an Executive Fellow, Organisational Behaviour, at London Business School, where she has designed and co-directs the school’s premier leadership programme for senior-most executives, Leading Businesses into the Future. She is the Founder and CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates, a research-based firm dedicated to helping clients build intelligent organizations. An experienced executive, Erickson has served on the Board of Directors of two Fortune 500 corporations, with experience on the Governance, Audit, and Compensation Committees. She holds a BA degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

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Vijay Govindarajan

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Vijay Govindarajan (VG) is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. The Coxe Distinguished Professorship is a new Dartmouth-wide faculty chair. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write How GE is Disrupting Itself, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century. In the latest Thinkers 50 Rankings, Govindarajan is rated the #1 Indian Management Thinker. VG writes about innovation and execution on several platforms including Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He is a co-leader of a global initiative to design a $300 House. Govindarajan has been identified as a leading management thinker by influential publications including: Outstanding Faculty, named by Business Week in its Guide to Best B-Schools; Top Ten Business School Professor in Corporate Executive Education, named by Business Week; Top Five Most Respected Executive Coach on Strategy, rated by Forbes; Top 50 Management Thinker, named by The London Times; Rising Super Star, cited by The Economist; Outstanding Teacher of the Year,voted by MBA students. VG received his doctorate from the Harvard Business School and was awarded the Robert Bowne Prize for the best thesis proposal. He also received his MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was included in the Dean’s Honor List. Prior to this, VG received his Chartered Accountancy degree in India where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for obtaining the first rank nationwide.

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Dr. Jonas Ridderstrale

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Currently a visiting professor at Ashridge Business School and IE Business School. Dr. Jonas Ridderstrale is a Swedish business speaker thinker and author. He did his graduate and post graduate studies at the Stockholm School of Economics and holds an MBA and a PhD in international business. His doctoral dissertation Global Innovation focuses on product development efforts in multinational corporations. He did research and wrote his thesis at the Institute of International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics. His latest book is called Fast/Forward (2017), co-written with Julian Birkinshaw, Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. They argue that the successful firms of the future will be those that understand the limitations as much as the benefits of information, and in particular the ones that are able to foster a culture of decisive action allied to emotional conviction will master the business environment.

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