27 Nov 2013

Harvard Business School Faculty Dominate 2013 “Thinkers 50” List


BOSTON—The recently issued 2013 “Thinkers 50” ranking of influential management thinkers includes nine Harvard Business School faculty members in its pantheon of honorees. Professor Clayton Christensen, the originator of the theory of disruptive innovation and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and many other books that have had a significant impact on businesses around the world, topped the semiannual list for the second time in a row. In addition, Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Kaplan, an originator of the Balanced Scorecard and activity-based costing, was named to the inaugural class of the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame.

The other HBS scholars who were recognized include:

  • Michael Porter (ranked number 7), an expert in competitive strategy; the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions; and the application of competitive principles and strategic approaches to social needs and the author of numerous books, including Competitive Strategy, Competitive Advantage, and The Competitive Advantage of Nations.
  • Linda Hill (8), faculty chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative and numerous HBS executive education programs and coauthor of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives of Becoming a Great Leader and Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership. She helped develop the required MBA course Leadership and Organizational Behavior.
  • Amy Edmondson (15), an authority on leadership, learning, and innovation in teams and organizations and author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy, which emphasizes managing the activities that enable collaborative work across various fields of expertise.
  • Nitin Nohria (21), Dean of Harvard Business School and former head of the Organizational Behavior Unit, whose intellectual interests focus on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. Coauthor or coeditor of 16 books, he has most recently published Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Teresa Amabile (22), whose research on how the work environment can influence creativity and motivation has led to a theory of creativity and innovation, methods for assessing creativity and motivation, and a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating innovation. Her most recent book is The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work.
  • John Kotter (32), an authority on leadership and change and how the best organizations can achieve successful transformations and the author of 18 books, most recently Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Being Shot Down, which centers on the problems associated with getting others engaged and committed to good ideas and ways to defend these ideas.
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter (38), an expert in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change whose strategic and practical insights have guided leaders of large and small organizations worldwide for more than 25 years through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major companies and governments. She is the author of many books, including SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, Men & Women of the Corporation, and The Change Masters.
  • Rakesh Khurana (46), who uses a sociological perspective to focus on the processes by which elites and leaders are selected and developed, including the chief executive labor market, which he examines in his book Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. He has also chronicled the evolution of management as a profession and the institutional development of the MBA degree in From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Schools and Unfilled Promise of Management as a Profession.


Jim Aisner

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.