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The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenges

Featuring W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne, Rita McGrath, Richard D'Aveni, Gary Hamel, Chris Zook, Pankaj Ghemawat, and others

"Thinkers50 creates its own honor society as an authoritative ranking of the most influential business thinkers on earth." -- Forbes.com

The ability to strategize is one of the most vital talents of any manager--whether you run your own business, manage a small department, or sit at the helm of a global corporation. And the more competitive business gets, the more important clear, creative strategic thinking is.

Revealing breakthrough concepts from today's most innovative business minds, Thinkers50 Strategy helps you seize the competitive edge by arming you with the very latest thinking in business strategy.

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, begin by tackling the foundational question "What is strategy?" using the ideas and concepts of thought leaders from the Thinkers50 list. From there, they provide unparalleled insight into modern strategic management in easy-to-understand language. Chapters include:

Understanding Competitive Advantage Hypercompetition and Beyond Exploring Blue Oceans Strategy in Action Where Strategy Meets Society Where Strategy Meets the World

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources.

Align yourself with the best and brightest business thought leaders on the scene today. The most forward-looking business strategy guide available, Thinkers50 Strategy distills the wisdom of the world's leading thinkers on the subject--all in a compact one-stop guide.

The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenge

Featuring Gary Hamel, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, John Kotter, Dan Pink, Lynda Gratton, Tammy Erickson, Doug Ready, and others

"Thinkers50 . . . is the global barometer of the best management thinking." -- Professor Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College

Is management an art or a science? It is both--and much more. Management may be the single most important business discipline, and yet it is the most difficult to define.

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, begin by providing a thorough definition of management. Thinkers50 Management then reveals the most innovative management theories and insights from today's leading academics and practitioners. Chapters include:

Managing Processes Measuring Performance Managing Change Managing Talent Managing Globally Managing Emotionally Managing Millennials

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources.

Quality, forward-looking management doesn't just drive profits; it is a vital contribution to creating a healthy, peaceful society. "Management matters," the authors write. "It shapes the world. It is the vital lubricant that protects us from chaos. It is a calling and an enabling force."

Whether you're facing current management challenges in our fast-paced global economy or are aspiring to rise in the ranks to become a successful manager, Thinkers50 Management gives you the insight and knowledge you need to excel in today's highly competitive business world.

The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenges

Featuring VJ Govindarajan, Linda Hill, Clay Christensen, and many more

"Thinkers50 is now established as the definitive ranking of global thought leaders." -- Professor Costas Markides, London Business School

Innovation used to separate extraordinary companies from average companies. Today, it's making the difference between those that succeed and those that outright fail. Business leaders have no choice: innovate or die.

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, bring you the very latest thinking on the subject of business innovation. Citing the ideas and insights of the world's leading thinkers and business practitioners, the authors present a guide to business innovation that will put you ahead of the competition. Chapters include:

Disruptive Innovation Co-creating the Future Opening Up Innovation Innovating Management Leading Innovation Where Innovation Meets Strategy Where Innovation Meets Society

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources. "Innovation is where the worlds of business and creativity meet to create new value," Crainer and Dearlove write.

Today's customers are more demanding than ever. They want the best, coolest, most advanced product available. If you don't deliver it, your competitor will. Read Thinkers50 Innovation and learn how to apply the best ideas from the brightest minds in business innovation.

The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenges

The most innovative ideas from the rising stars on the Thinkers50 Guru Radar Globalization, increasing competition, and the rapid pace of innovation are changing business best practices faster and faster. If you have long-term success in mind, you need to stay a step ahead of the competition.

Creators of Thinkers50--the world's most respected ranking of business thinkers--Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer bring you the very latest thinking on the future of business.

Thinkers50 Future Thinkers reveals groundbreaking ideas from Thinkers50 Future Thinker award winner Nilofer Merchant; Monika Hamori, professor at Spain's IE Business School; groundbreaking leadership thinker Gianpiero Petriglieri; the cocreator of Jugaad Innovation, Navi Radjou; as well as bestselling authors Adam Grant, James Allworth, and Dorie Clark. Chapters include:

What the Future Looks Like The Reinvention of Leadership Understanding Organizations Understanding Working Life Innovation Now Sustaining the Future

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources.

"If management is a technology, then getting the next update early can be a competitive advantage," the authors write. "And where better to look for the next big idea than to the thinkers of the future?"

Business success is no longer a result of finding the most effective way of doing things and sticking with it. The only best practice guaranteed to work is this: embrace change. Read Thinkers50 Future Thinkers and learn how to apply the best ideas from the brightest minds in the business world today.

The first-ever global ranking of management thought leaders, Thinkers50 is the most prestigious and influential listing of its kind. Created in 2001 by Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, Thinkers50 has broadened its impact to include identifying, ranking, and sharing the best management thinking in the world.

Today, Thinkers50 is recognized as the world's definitive ranking of the top 50 business thinkers, and the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards are widely regarded as the "Oscars of management thinking."

Now, the ideas and insights of the world's top business figures are right at your fingertips. The Thinkers50 series culls the best of the very best, delivering the latest concepts and theories on today's most important management issues--from leadership to strategy to innovation.

The world's leading independent authority on management ideas, Thinkers50 reveals the ideas that are now shaping the world of business. Stay ahead of the game--and the competition--with the Thinkers50 series.

The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenges

The most innovative ideas from the Thinkers50

India now produces a disproportionately high percentage of the business world's most influential thinkers. As globalization progresses, it is increasingly clear that Indian thought leaders will have a major infl uence over how the world conducts business going forward.

Creators of the Thinkers50--the world's most respected ranking of business thinkers--Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer bring you the very latest from India's leading business thinkers.

Thinkers50 Business Thought Leaders from India reveals the uniquely Indian approach to management--which is in many ways radically different from Western-style capitalism. Less obsessed with profit and more focused on purpose, Indian-style management is changing the world of business. Chapters include:

The Ghoshal Legacy Pyramid Thinking: C. K. Prahalad Making It Happen: Ram Charan and Subir Chowdhury Innovation Indian Style: From VG to Jugaad Global Voices: Pankaj Ghemawat and Anil K. Gupta

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources.

Where is business headed? Deeper into the type of capitalism that focuses on strategy, structure, and systems? Or toward a new approach that values purpose, process, and people? Read Thinkers50 Business Thought Leaders from India for an expert perspective on this critical topic.

The first-ever global ranking of management thought leaders, Thinkers50 is the most prestigious and infl uential listing of its kind. Created in 2001 by Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, Thinkers50 has broadened its impact to include identifying, ranking, and sharing the best management thinking in the world.

Today, Thinkers50 is recognized as the world's definitive ranking of the top 50 business thinkers, and the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards are widely regarded as the "Oscars of management thinking."

Now, the ideas and insights of the world's top business figures are right at your fingertips. The Thinkers50 series culls the best of the very best, delivering the latest concepts and theories on today's most important management issues--from leadership to strategy to innovation.

The world's leading independent authority on management ideas, Thinkers50 reveals the ideas that are now shaping the world of business. Stay ahead of the game--and the competition--with the Thinkers50 series.

Four E-Books in One The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenges

"Thinkers50 is now established as the definitive ranking of global thought leaders." -- Professor Costas Markides, London Business School

Innovation used to separate extraordinary companies from average companies. Today, it's making the difference between those that succeed and those that outright fail. Business leaders have no choice: innovate or die.

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, bring you the very latest thinking on the subject of business innovation. Citing the ideas and insights of the world's leading thinkers and business practitioners, the authors present a guide to business innovation that will put you ahead of the competition. Chapters include:

Disruptive Innovation Co-creating the Future Opening Up Innovation Innovating Management Leading Innovation Where Innovation Meets Strategy Where Innovation Meets Society

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources. "Innovation is where the worlds of business and creativity meet to create new value," Crainer and Dearlove write.

Today's customers are more demanding than ever. They want the best, coolest, most advanced product available. If you don't deliver it, your competitor will. Read Thinkers50 Innovation and learn how to apply the best ideas from the brightest minds in business innovation.

The World's Leading Business Minds on Today's Most Critical Challenges

Featuring Jim Collins, Daniel Goleman, Marshall Goldsmith, Stew Friedman, and others

"Thinkers50 is . . . the Oscars for ideas." -- Professor Costas Markides, London Business School

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, have personally interviewed top leaders from businesses around the globe--from CEOs of multinationals to successful sports coaches to people on the front lines of education.

In Thinkers50 Leadership, the authors cull the best practices and most intriguing insights of today's top leadership experts to give you an edge on the competition. Chapters include:

Crucibles of Leadership Level 5 Leadership The Real Thing Charisma and the Dark Side Followership Where Leaders Meet the World Leaders at Work

Each book in the Thinkers50 series provides authoritative explanations of the concepts, ideas, and practices that are making a difference today, including specific examples and cases drawn from the original sources.

The concept of leadership was once reserved for politics and the military. But as the authors write, "Leadership is now multifaceted rather than simply summed up in the dread words 'command and control.' Leadership is about feelings. Leadership is about emotions. Leadership is about those who follow. Leadership is about the people touched by the actions of leaders."

An in-depth exploration of a fascinating subject, Thinkers50 Leadership reveals the most innovative theories and concepts on the subject from the world's top leadership experts.

Innovation, one of the most talked about business topics, is also one of the most elusive and difficult to put into effective practice. Thinkers50 founders Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove explore the realities of innovation and the ideas behind it with thought leaders and entrepreneurs, to show how innovation really works in organizations.

Crainer and Dearlove have interviewed hundreds of innovators from all parts of the world during the last 25 years. Some of these are entrepreneurs just setting out on a commercial adventure. Others are experienced C-suite veterans, leaders who had lived through the ups and downs of corporate life. Still others are drawn from NGOs, charities and social enterprises. Crainer and Dearlove have grilled sports people, leaders from the medical profession, executive coaches, academic thought leaders and classrooms filled with ferociously bright and competitive MBA students all intent on becoming innovators, all to discover what we mean when we talk about innovation.

As well as discussing disruptive innovation with Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, they talk about reverse innovation with Vijay Govindarajan, and the awkward and perplexing place where leadership meets innovation with Linda Hill. Along the way, they examine innovation best practice at global companies such as Haier, Unruly, Fujitsu and many others, presenting tomorrow’s case studies of best practice today.
What we mean when we talk about innovation is a smorgasbord of ideas rather than a neatly packaged reference guide to received wisdom. Crainer and Dearlove conclude that successful innovators defy overly neat categorization. What we mean when we talk about innovation provides accessible, pithy inspiration for anyone who wants to create something new.
From the distinguished Charles Handy to the classic Philip Kotler to the outspoken Paul Krugman, and including such visionary leaders as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, The Thinkers 50 reinforces the powerful influences business and popular culture have on each other. The Thinkers 50 is an international ranking of business thought leaders--scholars, educators, consultants, executives, economists, and social scientists--whose ideas set the agenda for management theory and practice and whose actions and recommendations influence commerce on a global scale. When it first appeared in 2001, through an on-line survey of business academics, practitioners, consultants, and journalists (asking the single question: "Who is the most important living management thinker?"), the ranking provoked debate, disappointment, and delight in equal measure. In 2003, a new survey confirmed many individuals as members of the management pantheon, while recognizing the contributions of those outside the field. With the third survey, conducted in 2005 (coincidentally, at the passing of the legendary Peter Drucker, who had topped the previous lists), for the first time a book is being produced, applying such criteria as "practicality of ideas" and "international outlook" to determine ranking, and featuring colorful, informative, and concise profiles of the fifty individuals whose ideas most profoundly influence business today. Each profile includes information on the subject's background and primary contributions, and lists key publications and web sites. Collectively, they reflect the state of the art in contemporary management thinking and its application, separating the people and ideas with lasting impact from the passing fads. From students to entrepreneurs to seasoned executives, The Thinkers 50 provides a compendium of practical insights on the art and science of management.
Innovation, one of the most talked about business topics, is also one of the most elusive and difficult to put into effective practice. Thinkers50 founders Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove explore the realities of innovation and the ideas behind it with thought leaders and entrepreneurs, to show how innovation really works in organizations. Crainer and Dearlove have interviewed hundreds of innovators from all parts of the world during the last 25 years. Some of these are entrepreneurs just setting out on a commercial adventure. Others are experienced C-suite veterans, leaders who had lived through the ups and downs of corporate life. Still others are drawn from NGOs, charities and social enterprises. Crainer and Dearlove have grilled sports people, leaders from the medical profession, executive coaches, academic thought leaders and classrooms filled with ferociously bright and competitive MBA students all intent on becoming innovators, all to discover what we mean when we talk about innovation. As well as discussing disruptive innovation with Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, they talk about reverse innovation with Vijay Govindarajan, and the awkward and perplexing place where leadership meets innovation with Linda Hill. Along the way, they examine innovation best practice at global companies such as Haier, Unruly, Fujitsu and many others, presenting tomorrow’s case studies of best practice today. What we mean when we talk about innovation is a smorgasbord of ideas rather than a neatly packaged reference guide to received wisdom. Crainer and Dearlove conclude that successful innovators defy overly neat categorization. What we mean when we talk about innovation provides accessible, pithy inspiration for anyone who wants to create something new.
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