8 of 50 Most Influential Management Gurus is of Indian Origin


Every 2 years, The Thinkers 50, publishes a list of The 50 Most Influential Management Gurus. Harvard Business Review is the media sponsor and McGraw Hill is the video sponsor.

The list contains many well-known names. I have listed some of them:

  • Jim Collins (Good to Great & Build to Last),
  • Michael Porter (Competitive Advantage),
  • Marcus Buckingham (First, Break All The Rules & Now, Discover Your Strengths),
  • Don Tapscott (Wikinomics),
  • Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point & Blink),
  • Gary Hamel (The Core Competence of the Corporation),
  • Seth Godin (Purple Cow),
  • Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence & The Pursuit of WOW!),
  • Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat),
  • Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and
  • Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

However, what I find most interesting is that the list has 8 people of Indian origin!

  Vijay Govindarajan (3)
  Nitin Nohria (13)
  Nirmalya Kumar (26)
  Pankaj Ghemawat (27)
  Vineet Nayar (40)
  Rakesh Khurana (41)
  Sheena Iyengar (48)
  Subir Chowdhury (50)

The number of people of Indian origin has been increasing steadily over the years – from 2 in 2001 to 8 this year.

The details are available here.

One more point which I find very intriguing is that there is only one person of Far East origin which includes Japan, China, and South Korea etc.

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