INSEAD faculty recognised as world’s most influential management thinkers

Middle East, Asia, Europe
14 November 2017

INSEAD, the business school for the world, announced today that four of its faculty members, Professors W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne, Erin Meyer and Gianpiero Petriglieri have been ranked the world’s top 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 2017. Thinkers50, widely regarded as the “Oscars of Management Thinking”, is held biennially to recognise eminent management thinkers for their illustrious achievements in global thought leadership.  

W. Chan Kim, INSEAD Professor of Strategy and International Management, and Renée Mauborgne, INSEAD Distinguished Fellow of Strategy and International Management are jointly placed fourth on the Thinkers50 list. Professor Mauborgne is also the highest placed woman in the ranking.

Named as “Blue Ocean Thinkers”, Professors Kim and Mauborgne are the authors of Blue Ocean Strategy and a string of highly influential HBR articles. Blue Ocean Strategy has sold over two million copies, and has been embraced by companies, not-for-profits and national governments around the world: Malaysia has even implemented Blue Ocean Strategy on a national level. Their new book Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing was published in September 2017.

Erin Meyer, INSEAD Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, are two of the 11 newcomers to the Thinkers50 List this year, ranking 39th and 47th respectively.

Professor Erin Meyer (39th) specialises in the field of Cross-Cultural Management. She is also the best-selling author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, as well as author of several popular HBR articles. Professor Meyer was winner of the 2015 Thinkers50 Radar Award presented to fresh and influential global thought leaders.

Professor Gianpiero Petriglieri’s (47th) award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. His research has appeared in top academic journals and his work is frequently featured in the media. He writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review, where his essays have been included among the “ideas that shaped management” for four of the past five years. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, as well as customised leadership programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. Professor Petriglieri was named in the Thinkers50 2016 “On the Radar” list.  

The Thinkers50 2017 rankings and awards was held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, at Covent Garden, in the heart of London on 13th November 2017 and attended by academics and management gurus from around the world.

The Thinkers50 ranking is based on a set of objective metrics and input from a team of advisors led by its two founders. It has 10 established criteria, including originality and practicality of ideas, international outlook, ability to inspire and presentation style.

For the full Thinkers50 2017 Ranking, please click here.

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBA Executive MBAExecutive Master in FinanceExecutive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled INSEAD to become truly “The Business School for the World”.

INSEAD’s MBA programme is ranked #1 by the Financial Times in 2016 and 2017. 

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