Tuck Faculty Named to Thinkers 50 List of Top Management Gurus

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2013
Contact: Kim Keating, 603-646-2733

Who is the most influential living management thinker? The Thinkers50 2013 provided the answer at an awards banquet in London on Nov. 11. The  biennial global ranking of the world's 50 most influential living management thinkers named four Tuck School of Business professors to its list this year. Professor Vijay Govindarajan came in at No. 5. Marshall Goldsmith, who teaches in Tuck Executive Education, made the list at No. 10. Professor Richard D’Aveni moved up on the list to No. 17.

 Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management and associate dean for executive education, debuted on the list at number 43. Ron Adner, a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, was recognized as “on the radar.”

Govindarajan is an expert on strategy and innovation and was the first Professor-in-Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He has been cited by BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and The London Times as a top thought leader in strategy. Govindarajan is known for his concept of reverse innovation, where innovation takes place in emerging markets and is brought back to developed countries. The concept is rated by Harvard Business Review as one of the 10 big ideas of the decade. Govindarajan’s latest book, “Beyond The Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization,” written with Chris Trimble T’96, was published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2013. Govindarajan and Trimble are also co-authors of the books “Reverse Innovation,” “Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution,” and “The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge.


Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders to achieve positive, measurable change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams. He teaches in executive education programs for the Tuck School and is frequently asked to speak at other leading business schools. Goldsmith’s books include “The Leader of the Future,” “Succession: Are You Ready,” “Coaching for Leadership; What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” and “Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It.


D’Aveni’s current research topics include developing strategies to revive America's economic power, strategic capitalism, and price-quality competition. D’Aveni is author of Beating the Commodity Trap and the 2012 book, “Strategic Capitalism: The New Economic Strategy for Winning the Cold War.


Finkelstein is a leading management thinker who specializes in the strengths and weaknesses of executive talent. He is author of numerous books, including “Why Smart Executives Fail,” “Think Again,” and “Breakout Strategy.”

Adner researches and teaches the concept of innovation ecosystems—the relationships among firms and customers that create value—and is author of “The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation,” published in 2012 by Portfolio/Penguin.

Created and compiled by Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, Thinkers50 has established itself as the definitive biennial guide of both thinkers and ideas, which have shaped strategic management thinking today. For the full list, videos, and awards, visit www.thinkers50.com.