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Who are the world's most important business gurus? Most influential business writers? Thinkers 50 Global Ranking - Patrick Dixon number 20 in world's most influential business thinkers alive today, and Europe's leading Futurist Keynote Speaker

Dr Patrick Dixon: Futurist Keynote Speaker - Dr Patrick Dixon MBE: Futurist Keynote Speaker

Search for the world's most influential business thinkers?

Dr Patrick Dixon was ranked as one of the top 20 most influential thinkers alive today, in the Thinkers 50 global executive survey published in 2005 (The Times - UK). Number One was Michael Porter, followed by Bill Gates.  Patrick Dixon was also ranked in the top 50 in 2003. He is one of the world's leading Futurist keynote speakers and author of 17 books.

The Thinkers 50 was developed as a guide to which thinkers and ideas are currently having greatest impact - and which have been consigned to business history.

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The Thinkers 50 was originally created by Suntop Media in association with Bloomsbury Publishing. The aim was to answer a simple question:

Who is the most important living management thinker alive today?

The Thinkers 50 team emailed hundreds of business managers and leaders, consultants, academics and MBA students in many different countries. The team also collected entries made using a form on the website. After sifting through more than 1,200 votes a list of prominent business thinkers was compiled.

The result was a short list of 80 names. Google was then used to look at the number of times each person was referenced, and factored into the ranking. Finally, each person was scored against 10 criteria.

The Measures

Are the ideas and examples used by the thinker original?

Have the ideas promoted by the thinker been implemented in organizations? And, has the implementation been successful?

How proficient is the thinker at presenting his/her ideas orally?

How proficient is the thinker at presenting his/her ideas in writing?

How committed are the thinker's disciples to spreading the message and putting it to work?

Do they practice what they preach in their own business?

How international are they in outlook and thinking?

How well researched are their books and presentations?

Have their ideas had an impact on the way people manage or think about management?

The clincher: are they, for better or worse, guru material by your definition and expectation?

The results of all the work of the panel were then collated to produce the final ranking.

"Who is the most important living management thinker?"

Dr Patrick Dixon was ranked 17 - up from 46 in 2003.

(The figures in brackets below are the listings from the Thinkers50 2003 global ranking.)

Ranking Name
1 Michael PORTER (2)
2 Bill GATES (20)
4 Tom PETERS (3)
5 Jack WELCH (8)
6 Jim COLLINS (10)
7 Philip KOTLER (6)
8 Henry MINTZBERG (7)
10 Charles HANDY (5)
11 Richard BRANSON (34)
12 Scott ADAMS (27)
13 Thomas A. STEWART (37)
14 Gary HAMEL (4)
15 Chan KIM & Renée MAUBORGNE (31)
16 Kenichi OHMAE (19)
17 Patrick DIXON (46)
18 Stephen COVEY (16)
19 Rosabeth MOSS KANTER (9)
20 Edward DE BONO (35)
21 Clayton CHRISTENSEN (22)
22 Robert KAPLAN & David NORTON (15)
23 Peter SENGE (14)
24 Ram CHARAN (-)
25 Fons TROMPENAARS (50)
26 Russ ACKOFF (-)
27 Warren BENNIS (13)
28 Chris ARGYRIS (18)
29 Michael DELL (33)
31 Malcolm GLADWELL (-)
32 Manfred KETS DE VRIES (43)
33 Rakesh KHURANA (-)
34 Lynda GRATTON (41)
35 Alan GREENSPAN (42)
36 Edgar H SCHEIN (17)
37 Ricardo SEMLER (36)
39 Paul KRUGMAN (40)
40 Jeff BEZOS (39)
41 Andy GROVE (26)
42 Daniel GOLEMAN (29)
43 Leif EDVINSSON (-)
44 Jim CHAMPY (25)
45 Rob GOFFEE and Gareth JONES (-)
46 Naomi KLEIN (30)
47 Geert HOFSTEDE (47)
48 Larry BOSSIDY (-)
49 Costas MARKIDES (-)
50 Geoffrey MOORE (38)

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