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The new progress agenda

This THINKERS50 PRAHALAD PROJECT explores what constitutes progress and how it can be best achieved.

Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (1941-2010), known universally as CK, was born in the town of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He studied physics, followed by work as a manager in a branch of the Union Carbide battery company. He then went to the Indian Institute of Management before earning a doctorate from Harvard. He taught both in India and in the United States, eventually joining the faculty of the University of Michigan.

Prahalad’s reputation was built initially on introducing the term core competencies into the management lexicon. His book Competing for the Future, written with Gary Hamel, became a bestseller and set the strategy agenda for a generation of CEOs.

In 2004, he published two books. The Future of Competition, written with Venkat Ramaswamy, introduced the notion of co-creation, and The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid argued that the world’s poor (the “bottom of the pyramid”) represented an untapped market worth up to $13 trillion a year. The latter book is Prahalad’s greatest legacy: utilizing business ideas to solve one of the world’s most intractable problems.  For this reason CK was the number one ranked management thinker in the Thinkers50 rankings of 2007 and 2009.

The new progress agenda explores what next, or even after what’s next. From circular to sharing economies, big data and blockchain, smart cities and industry 4.0, these are the approaches that will shape the next 50 years of business, starting today.

The best new ideas about progress

  • The new capitalism
  • Collaborative consumption
  • The circular economy
  • Smart cities
  • The next machine age
  • Wikinomics
  • Industrial remix
  • Globalization
  • Blockchain revolution
  • Big Data & Small Data
  • Michael Porter Speaker

    Michael Porter

    The world’s leading expert on competitiveness and business strategy

    Category: Progress, Strategy

    Ranking: #1

    #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

  • Clayton Christensen

    Clayton Christensen

    World’s leading innovation guru on disruptive innovation

    Category: Innovation, Progress

    Ranking: #2

    #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

  • Marshall Goldsmith

    Marshall Goldsmith

    World-renowned expert on leadership behavior and effective employee engagement

    Category: Leadership, Organisation, Work

    Ranking: #5

    #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

  • Richard Florida

    Richard Florida

    World-renowned expert on the creative class

    Category: Leadership, Work

    Ranking: #14

    #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

  • Jeffrey Pfeffer

    Jeffrey Pfeffer

    Insightful commentator on leadership and the exercise of power

    Category: Leadership

    Ranking: #17

    #17 Thinkers50 2015

    "Jeffrey Pfeffer is one of the world’s most astute observers of the dynamics of power and influence." - Thinkers50

  • Pankaj Ghemawat

    Pankaj Ghemawat

    Original thinker on the economic and strategic realities of globalization

    Category: Innovation, Progress, Strategy

    Ranking: #29

    #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

  • Julian Birkinshaw

    Julian Birkinshaw

    Insightful commentator on the innovation challenges facing contemporary organizations

    Category: Innovation, Organisation, Progress

    Ranking: #42

    #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

  • Doug Ready

    Doug Ready

    World-renowned expert on talent management

    Category: Leadership, Organisation, Work

    Ranking: #44

    #44 Thinkers50 2015; shortlisted 2015 Talent Award

    "Doug Ready is an expert navigator of the changing world of talent and talent management." - Thinkers50

  • Hal Gregersen

    Hal Gregersen

    Practical lessons in leadership and the use of systematic questioning to solve real problems

    Category: Innovation, Leadership

    Ranking: #46

    #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

  • David Burkus

    David Burkus

    Practical insights and resources to help understand creativity in the workplace

    Category: Innovation, Leadership, Strategy, Work

    Ranking: RADAR

    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

    Sangeet Paul Choudary

    Platforms trump products every time. This is how and why

    Category: Organisation, Progress

    Ranking: RADAR

    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

  • Freek Vermeulen

    Freek Vermeulen

    Counter intuitive insights into the realities of management

    Category: Leadership

    Ranking: RADAR

    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

  • Mark Esposito

    Mark Esposito

    Expert on Strategic Foresight, Megatrends and Growth Strategies and Sustainability

    Category: Innovation, Leadership, Progress, Strategy

    Ranking: RADAR

    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