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INSEAD's Global Thought Leaders: Ideas With Power

Jane Williams, Editor, Knowledge Arabia |

Update: Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD Professor of Organisational Behaviour won the 2013 Thinkers50 Leadership Award and was ranked number 9 on the organisation's ranking of top management thinkers. W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, INSEAD Professors of Strategy and Management took second place in the top 50 thinkers ranking. INSEAD Professors Hal Gregersen, Gianpiero Petriglieri and Erin Meyer were all placed on the Thinkers50 Radar.

True thought leaders change the way we look at the world. Their ideas disrupt accepted practices and set a new path for others to follow. This year, seven INSEAD professors, more than any other business school, were identified among the world’s most influential business disrupters, by Thinkers50 a biennial, ranking of management and leadership thinkers. Their ideas are changing organisations and challenging business thinking.

Herminia Ibarra, Hal Gregersen, Laurence Capron, Gianpiero  Petriglieri, Morten Hansen, W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne were shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Awards – widely regarded as the “Oscars” of management ideas.

In a special series, INSEAD Knowledge interviewed the school's new thinking superstars about their work and research and how their ideas broke new ground and made a difference. The exclusive interviews can be viewed here.

“For too long business thinking could be characterised as male, pale and stale, that is no longer the case,” notes Stuart Crainer who, with partner Des Dearlove launched Thinkers50 in 2001.  “As management becomes more global and people move around the world it’s increasingly difficult to pinpoint exactly which country a thinker comes from.”

INSEAD’s shortlisted professors encapsulate this global diversity, coming from three continents promoting ideas with the potential to impact social and business management practices across the planet.

Korean-born Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, from the U.S., are INSEAD Professors of Strategy and Management. They shared second spot on the Thinkers50 2011 and 2013 rankings following the success of their book Blue Ocean Strategy and the formation of the Blue Ocean Strategy Institutute which changed the concept of value innovation and market space. They also participated in creating the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy programme, which is directed by Andrew Shipilov. In 2013 they have been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Global Solutions Award.

Herminia Ibarra (U.S.), Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning and Professor of Organisational Behaviour, was ranked number 9 on the 2013 Thinkers50 list and 28 on the 2011 list. She also won the 2013 Thinkers50 Leadership Award, the same category in which she was shortlisted for in 2011. Ibarra’s research focuses on professional and leadership development, including collaborative leadership; women’s careers; and career transition. She is the author of Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career and co-authors The Best Performing CEOs in the World. Herminia is also the programme director of The Leadership Transition, one of INSEAD’s  Executive Development Programmes.

Gianpiero Petriglieri (Italy), Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Academic director for INSEAD’s Initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence, chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. Petriglieri’s research examines the  processes of leadership and personal development; identity; and experiential learning. He is a frequent blogger for the Harvard Business Review and was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award. He is also the programme director of INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Programme (MAP), part of the institution’s suite of Executive Development Programmes.

Laurence Capron (France) is INSEAD’s Paul Desmarais Chaired Professor of Partnership and Active Ownership and Professor of Strategy. Capron’s research delves into corporate strategy; mergers and acquisitions; alliances; and corporate development. She co-authored the book  Build, Borrow or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma. She is also the founder of INSEAD’s M&As and Corporate Strategy programme.

Hal Gregersen (U.S.) , the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Chaired Professor and Senior Professor of Leadership , co-authored the book The Innovator’s DNA, identifying the discovery skills that distinguish great innovators and the questions that make great leaders. Gregersen also co-authored It Starts with One: Changing Individuals Changes Organisations. His research considers the theory and practice of questioning; innovation and creativity; social entrepreneurship and  change; and transforming leaders.

Morten Hansen (Norway), Professor of Entrepreneurship co-authored Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, and was short-listed for the Thinkers50 Best Book Award. Hansen’s research looks into areas of collaboration; managing in turbulence; networks; and innovation.

Thinkers50 was launched in 2001 as the first ever global ranking of management thinkers.

Candidates are identified and scrutinised  through a combination of open polling on the Thinkers50 website and input from an international team of advisers based on 10 criteria including originality and practicality of ideas, presentation style, loyalty of followers, business sense, international outlook, rigour of research, impact of ideas and ability to inspire.

Winners of the 2013 awards were announced at a ceremony in London on November 11.

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