Five INSEAD faculty members shortlisted for Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards 2017

The “Oscars of Management Thinking” recognise the world’s best thought leaders

Middle East, Asia, Europe
03 August 2017

INSEAD, the business school for the world, announced that five of its faculty members have been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards this year. The Awards will be presented in nine categories: Innovation; Digital Thinking; Strategy; Ideas into Practice; Leadership; Talent; Breakthrough Idea; the Radar Award; and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thinkers50 is the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. Every two years, the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards honour eminent management thinkers for their illustrious achievements in global thought leadership.  

The following INSEAD faculty members are the shortlisted nominees this year in these respective categories:

Strategy: Celebrates the very best of strategic thinking.

W Chan Kim, INSEAD Professor of Strategy and International Management

Renée Mauborgne, The INSEAD Distinguished Fellow of Strategy and International Management

The authors of the bestselling Blue Ocean Strategy (HBR, 2005) which has sold more than 3.5 million copies, Kim and Mauborgne are also co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. Most recently, they are the authors of Blue Ocean Shift (Hachette, 2017). They have previously won this category award in 2011.

Talent: Celebrates research excellence in understanding how talented individuals work best and how they can effectively be attracted, motivated, and retained.

Jennifer Petriglieri, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Gianpiero Petriglieri, INSEAD Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour  

The authors of the Harvard Business Review article “The Talent Curse: Why High Potentials Struggle – and How They Can Grow Through It” (May-June 2017). They have previously been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Radar Award and the Thinkers50 Leadership Award, respectively.

Radar Award: Identifies the new generation of business thinkers most-likely-to shape the future of business and business thinking.  

Noah Askin, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Askin’s research interests include social and cultural networks, status, the production and consumption of music, and higher education. His TED talk, “The recipe of a hit song” examined what makes a song reach the top 100 Billboard chart.


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

The 2017 rankings and Awards winners will be announced during its Awards Gala in London on the 13th of November. To find out more, visit

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

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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