These Indian-origin management gurus are shaping the way businesses and leaders around the world work.
Thinkers50 is a global ranking of the who’s who of management thinkers worldwide, published every two years. The list for 2017 is just out and there are four Indian-origin stalwarts who’ve made it to the list. Here they are along with the rank they were given.
#17 Pankaj Ghemawat
In 1991 Pankaj Ghemawat became the youngest full professor at Harvard Business School. He is currently the Global Professor of Management and Strategy and Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School, Spain. He’s written a number of books including Games Businesses Play, Strategy and the Business Landscape, Redefining Global Strategy, and the award-winning World 3.0. His latest book, The Laws of Globalization, spearheads a data-driven approach to the topic and looks at globalisation from world, country, industry and firm standpoints. His next book, coming in 2018, looks at global trends affecting businesses and how globalisation is changing all around the world. As part of his work, Pankaj helps the business world better understand international level issues, challenges and opportunities.
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#21 Vijay Govindarajan
This bestselling New York Times and Wall Street Journal author is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He co-wrote the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, pioneering the concept of Reverse Innovation. This emerged from his time as the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at GE. Prior to Tuck, Vijay was on the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), INSEAD (Fontainebleau), and Harvard Business School. His work revolves around the melding of innovation with strategy and he’s worked with some of top Fortune 500 firms on deepening their strategic thinking. Often hailed by influential publications as a top five management thinker, Vijay has numerous awards and honours to his name.
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#22 Nilofer Merchant
Based in Silicon Valley, Nilofer is a bestselling author and popular TED Talk speaker who is known for her ‘wild’ ideas on product strategies, optimising revenues, and the future of management. She began her career as a business assistant and has since then launched more than a 100 products, obtaining $18 billion in sales and worked for and with some of the biggest Fortune 500 firms in the tech world, including Apple, Autodesk, Logitech, Yahoo, VMWare, and HP. Her latest book, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, delves into how people can turn their ideas into reality in a world where anything is possible.
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#28 Anil K Gupta
Anil makes it to this list along with his co-author Haiyan Wang. Together they’ve written quite a few influential books, including Getting China and India Right, The Quest for Global Dominance, and the latest, The Silk Road Rediscovered. Anil is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, and globalisation. He is currently the Michael D Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship as well as Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Anil is also the Chairman of The China India Institute, a research and consulting organisation, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, China, and IIT, Bombay. Anil is also only one of three professors to have been elected as a Lifetime Fellow of the prestigious institutions, Strategic Management Society, Academy of Management, and Academy of International Business.
Photograph courtesy: Anil K Gupta