Thinkers50, the global platform for management ideas, today announced its prestigious annual Thinkers50 Radar list, featuring 30 people whose work will shape the future of how organisations are managed and led.

The 2019 Thinkers50 Radar list is broad and diverse, featuring up-and-coming management gurus from 14 different countries, including China, Italy, France, Singapore, Denmark, Canada, America and the UK.

“This is as powerful a group as we have ever identified in our annual selection,” says Thinkers50 co-founder Des Dearlove. “It is a dream team of researchers, advisors, entrepreneurs, and organisational leaders covering enormous ground – from AI to employee engagement, from cognitive diversity to immigration – they are the people to watch in 2019”

People power:

One of the key themes of the 2019 Radar list is the return of the ‘people factor.’ In recent years, much of the focus has been on emerging disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain, but for 2019 there was been an emphasis on the human skills required to harness the power these technologies bring. “We were really inspired by people like Lars Thinggaard and the Tech4Life movement, emphasising the importance of societal and human benefits of tech, while Leena Nair is working to reinvent a corporate giant by making Unilever a more diverse and inclusive organisation,” says Thinkers50 co-founder Stuart Crainer. “Disruptive technology is a continuing phenomenon – as demonstrated by Ayanna Howard of the Georgia Institute of Technology – but there has been a significant shift in focus from ‘profit’ to ‘people’.”

Tackling the world’s biggest issues:

In previous years, the emphasis of the work of the thinkers has been on improving organisational and corporate performance. In the 2019 Radar list, however, the same level of imaginative and innovative thinking is focused on solving some of the biggest challenges the world faces today.

“Marga Hoek has demonstrated some fascinating ideas on sustainability, Javier Goyeneche’s fashion company is recycling plastics into clothes in an amazing way and we’ve been impressed by Jeremy Heimans’ campaign for a more open, just, and habitable world,” says Stuart Crainer. “Immigration is often top of the news agenda, so William Kerr of Harvard Business School’s work on the effect immigration has on economies and businesses could have huge impact on government policy and wider society in the future.”

“Thinkers50 is all about scanning the world for the very best in management ideas. We believe there is nothing so practical as a great idea, so we are constantly on the lookout for people who not only originate and articulate ideas, but also put them into compelling practice,” says Des Dearlove. “These thinkers are global, original, and worth watching in the years to come.”

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