26 Nov 2019

Harvard Business School Faculty Recognized in 2019 “Thinkers 50” List


BOSTON—The recently issued 2019 “Thinkers 50” ranking of influential management thinkers includes seven Harvard Business School faculty members in its list of honorees.

The HBS scholars who were recognized include:

Professor Clayton Christensen, the architect of disruptive innovation, was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. Christensen was also a finalist for the Breakthrough Achievement Award for his book The Prosperity Paradox. Christensen twice topped the Thinkers50 rankings, in 2013 and 2011, and was inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame in 2019. Christensen also previously won Thinkers50 2011 Innovation Award for applying his theories on innovation to classrooms and healthcare.

Professor Amy Edmondson, a pioneer of psychological safety and author of the book The Fearless Organization, was ranked #3 overall and earned the Breakthrough Achievement Award. Edmondson’s work on psychological safety has been groundbreaking. Her blueprint on creating a fear-free culture is essential, she argues, for organizations to be able to thrive in today’s knowledge economy in which new ideas and critical thought are essential to success. Edmondson has also explored the concept of teaming in dynamic work environments, and demonstrated how cross-organizational teaming can impact the building of smart cities.

Professor Francesca Gino (21), whose research focuses on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, motivation, productivity, and creativity, was given the Talent Award for her book Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules in Work and Life. Gino has spent over a decade identifying and studying rebels in organizations worldwide, arguing that the cultivation of rebel talent plays a key role in how businesses evolve and prosper in the face of fierce competition, and turbulent times.

Professor Linda Hill (22), a top expert on leadership and innovation, focused on global strategies, and how to harness creativity and engagement for strategic implementation. She previously won the Thinkers50 2015 Innovation Award for her work on leading innovation, in her book Collective Genius.

Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who earned the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, has championed a humane, inclusive, practical, and inspiring brand of management throughout her career. From Men and Women of the Corporation and The Change Masters to her forthcoming book, Think Outside the Building, she has translated ideas into action and has been engaged in policy and advocacy on major societal issues, including economic development, transportation, national service, and the future of cities.

Professor William R. Kerr was also a finalist for the 2019 Talent Award. Kerr’s research focuses on how businesses and economies grow, typically through connections to innovation, entrepreneurship, and globalization. His publications have looked at global ventures, immigration, and talent clusters. His book The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society argues that global talent flows are fundamentally reshaping business and society, and that American policies on high-skilled immigration need substantial reform.

Professor Gary P. Pisano (40), is acclaimed for his work in the fields of technology and operations strategy, the management of innovation, and competitive strategy. He is the author of the new book Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation, in which he argues that while innovation is traditionally associated with disruptive startups, there are ways for larger, established firms to gain advantage by innovation, too.


Cullen Schmitt

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.