The new organization agenda
This THINKERS50 DRUCKER PROJECT explores and creates the organisations of the future.
Peter Drucker (1909-2005) was the major management and business thinker of the last century. Drucker’s work was all-encompassing. There is little that executives do, think or face which he did not write about. Concepts such as management by objectives, privatization and knowledge work were coined by him decades before they became commonly understood.
Austrian-born, Drucker worked as a journalist in London, before moving to America in 1937. His first book, Concept of the Corporation (1946) was a groundbreaking examination of the intricate internal working of General Motors.
Drucker repeatedly provided evocatively simple insights into the nature and raison d’être of organizations: “Organization is not an end in itself, but a means to an end of business performance and business results. Organization structure is an indispensable means, and the wrong structure will seriously impair business performance and may even destroy it...The first question in discussing organization structure must be: What is our business and what should it be? Organization structure must be designed so as to make possible the attainment of the objectives of the business for five, ten, fifteen years hence.” Drucker established the organizational fundamentals. He topped the inaugural Thinkers50 in 2001.
The new organization agenda defines how to create organisations that can seize the opportunities of fast-changing markets to drive exponential growth. From lean to hot spots, these organisations work fast and collaboratively to drive innovation and growth, to reflect the networked nature of markets, to have global scale and local relevance.
The best new ideas about organisations
- Hot Spots – collaborative working
- The Lean Movement
- Great organisations
- Chain of change
The world’s leading expert on competitiveness and business strategy
Category: Progress, Strategy
#1 Thinkers50 2015
"Michael Porter ranks #1 in the Thinkers50 in 2015, which makes him the most influential living management thinker in the world. Period." - Thinkers50
World’s leading innovation guru on disruptive innovation
Category: Innovation, Progress
#1 Thinkers50 in 2011 and 2013; and #2 in 2015. Winner of the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2011
"The world’s foremost expert and originator of disruptive innovation. Clay Christensen wrote the book on disruptive innovation. Literally. Always insightful, and frequently profound, Christensen remains the voice to listen to on innovation. Period." - Thinkers50
World-renowned expert on leadership behavior and effective employee engagement
Category: Leadership, Organisation, Work
#5 Thinkers50 2015; Leadership Award Winner 2015
"A judicious blend of psychology and tell-it-a-it-is common sense, Marshall Goldsmith is corporate America’s not-so-secret secret weapon. When a Fortune 500 company wants an executive coach with impact it’s Goldsmith they call." - Thinkers50
World-renowned expert on the creative class
Category: Leadership, Work
#14 Thinkers50 2015
"Richard Florida is an intellectual explorer. He championed the notion of the creative class, and has gone on to map out the where and why of creative clusters." - Thinkers50
Insightful commentator on leadership and the exercise of power
#17 Thinkers50 2015
"Jeffrey Pfeffer is one of the world’s most astute observers of the dynamics of power and influence." - Thinkers50
Original thinker on the economic and strategic realities of globalization
Category: Innovation, Progress, Strategy
#29 Thinkers50 2015; Winner of Thinkers50 Best Business Book Award in 2013
"One of the most insightful commentators on globalization, Ghemawat is a constant reminder that the world is more nuanced and less uniformly flat than some would have us believe." - Thinkers50
Insightful commentator on the innovation challenges facing contemporary organizations
Category: Innovation, Organisation, Progress
#42 Thinkers50 2015
"Julian Birkinshaw is that rarest of thinkers, someone who combines the rigor of academia and the relevance of the practitioner world. No mean feat." - Thinkers50
World-renowned expert on talent management
Category: Leadership, Organisation, Work
#44 Thinkers50 2015; shortlisted 2015 Talent Award
"Doug Ready is an expert navigator of the changing world of talent and talent management." - Thinkers50
Practical lessons in leadership and the use of systematic questioning to solve real problems
Category: Innovation, Leadership
#46 Thinkers50 2015; shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Leadership Award in 2015
"Hal Gregersen is always thought provoking. His work on catalytic questioning and innovation offers leaders the sorts of practical tools and techniques that can make a real difference to their jobs, organizations and personal lives." - Thinkers50
Practical insights and resources to help understand creativity in the workplace
Category: Innovation, Leadership, Strategy, Work
Thinkers50 Radar 2016, shortlisted for the Innovation Award 2015.
"David Burkus is a rising star in the field of management thinking. His ideas are sharply observed, well informed and highly relevant. Expect to hear a lot more from him." - Thinkers50
Sangeet Paul Choudary
Platforms trump products every time. This is how and why
Category: Organisation, Progress
Thinkers50 Radar 2016; Thinkers50 India
"The power of platform has long been recognized. What we have desperately needed is someone who can make sense of this reality and point us to practical strategies and responses. Sangeet Paul Choudary does just that." - Thinkers50
Counter intuitive insights into the realities of management
Thinkers50 Radar 2016.
"Academics often fail to have a definitive perspective or an opinion. They shy away from realities. Freek Vermeulen does not. His work is full of powerfully argued positions and viewpoints. It is as a challenging as it is productive." - Thinkers50
Expert on Strategic Foresight, Megatrends and Growth Strategies and Sustainability
Category: Innovation, Leadership, Progress, Strategy
Thinkers50 Radar 2016.
"Mark Esposito is a thought-leader in the areas of economic prosperity, sustainable leadership, and equality in society. When he speaks, important people listen." - Thinkers50