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Thinkers50 and INSEAD announce new education partnership for 2021 award ranking

Thinkers50 and INSEAD announce new education partnership for 2021 award ranking

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Thinkers50 and INSEAD announce new education partnership for 2021 award ranking

Thinkers50 and INSEAD announce new education partnership for 2021 award ranking

INSEAD, the business school of the world and Thinkers50, the premier Ranking of global business thinkers, today announced a new educational partnership for the Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021. The partnership is one of a number of initiatives with leading business schools and companies aiming to inspire business leaders to explore and connect with the best new ideas to innovate and grow. 

INSEAD will support the Thinkers50 Gala by providing its expertise in business education and thought leadership, as well as contributing to the event theme of purpose. With its firm belief that business is a force for good, INSEAD is excited to play this role.

Every two years, in November, Thinkers50 announces its new Ranking of business thinkers and the winners of its Distinguished Achievement Awards at a Gala event, known as the ‘Oscars of Management Thinking’. In previous years, the Gala has been a black tie ceremony in London, but for 2021, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, it is being planned as a virtual or hybrid event.

At the last Thinkers50 Awards Gala in 2019, four INSEAD professors were listed In the ranking of the world's most influential management thinkers.
W. Chan Kim, INSEAD Professor of Strategy and International Management, and Renée Mauborgne, INSEAD Affiliate Professor of Strategy and Distinguished Fellow of Strategy and International Management were ranked number one.

Erin Meyer, INSEAD Professor of Management Practice and Gianpiero Petriglieri, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, ranked 32 and 37 respectively.

‘Our belief in the power of ideas has been the foundation of our work since we launched the first ever global ranking of management thinkers in 2001,’ says Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer. ‘We’ve published a new Thinkers50 ranking every two years since. So, we are excited that 2021 – a year in which fresh thinking and human ingenuity are vital to help us out of the pandemic – is also a Thinkers50 year. The unusual circumstances this year also gave as an opportunity to practice what we preach in terms of innovation and resilience.’ 

In the run up to the Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021, a series of webinars, online workshops and other virtual events will showcase the very best new thinking in the world of management and business.  The theme for the 2021 Awards Gala is Ideas with Purpose.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the first ever Thinkers50 Ranking, and we are delighted that INSEAD will be joining us as an educational partner for the Awards Gala,’ says Des Dearlove, Thinkers50 co-founder.  ‘A world leader in teaching and research, INSEAD is a truly global business school, which has some of the world’s most distinguished management thinkers among its faculty. We look forward to working with them and learning from their insights.

INSEAD Dean, Professor Ilian Mihov says: ‘At INSEAD, we bring together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who can transform business and society. What we share with Thinkers50 is a deep-seated belief in the power of ideas to change the world. What Des and Stuart have created is a movement to mobilise the best management ideas and put them to work in the real world. We are pleased to be part of that movement.’

Thinkers50 Nominations

Thinkers50 identifies, ranks and shares the leading management and business ideas of our age. It was established in 2001 by business journalists and commentators Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer.

Nominations are now open for both the Ranking of Management Thinkers and the Distinguished Achievement Awards. The award shortlists will be announced on 2 August, and the Thinkers50 Awards Gala 2021 will be held on 15th and 16th November with the announcement of the new Ranking and the naming of the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement 2021 Award winners.




About Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer are the founders and directors of Thinkers50. Internationally recognized experts and commentators on management ideas, they are the authors of more than 15 books that have been translated into 20 languages. Former columnists to The (London) Times, they are editors of The Financial Times Handbook of Management


Des Dearlove 
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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 develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.

With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD's business education and research spans four regions. Our 162 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,300 degree participants annually in our Master in Management,  MBAGlobal Executive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 10,000 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year.

INSEAD continues to conduct cutting-edge research and innovate across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World.

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