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Rotman faculty among business gurus shortlisted for Global Management Awards

October 5, 2011

TORONTO, ON — The Thinkers50, a rank­ing of glob­al busi­ness thinkers, today announced the short­list­ed nom­i­nees for this year’s awards. Two mem­bers of the fac­ul­ty at the Rot­man School of Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to are nom­i­nat­ed. Dean Roger Mar­tin is up for two awards in the cat­e­gories of “Break­through Idea” for his devel­op­ment of Inte­gra­tive Think­ing and for the “The Thinkers 50 Book Award” for his recent book, Fix­ing the Game: Bub­bles, Crash­es, and What Cap­i­tal­ism Can Learn from the NFL. Adjunct Pro­fes­sor Don Tap­scott made the short­list as well in two cat­e­gories includ­ing “The Thinkers 50 Book Award” for his recent book, Macrowiki­nomics: Reboot­ing Busi­ness and the World. He is also nom­i­nat­ed for “The Glob­al Vil­lage Award.”

“The Thinkers50 is a cel­e­bra­tion of the very best new man­age­ment think­ing,” says Des Dearlove, who cre­at­ed the Thinkers50 with Stu­art Crain­er in 2001. “We are look­ing for ideas with a poten­tial impact that extends beyond the busi­ness world to address issues rang­ing from reduc­ing pover­ty to build­ing a sus­tain­able mod­el of cap­i­tal­ism.”

The win­ners will be announced at an awards gala in Lon­don, UK on Novem­ber 14. This year, the Thinkers50 is join­ing forces with events organ­is­er Bench­mark for Busi­ness for the first ever Thinkers50 Sum­mit at the Lan­cast­er Hotel in Lon­don to be held on Novem­ber 15.  Har­vard Busi­ness Review is the Thinkers50 2011 media spon­sor.

Devel­oped and owned by Des Dearlove and Stu­art Crain­er, the Thinkers50, a defin­i­tive glob­al rank­ing of man­age­ment thinkers is pub­lished every two years. The 2009 win­ner was CK Pra­ha­l­ad.  The pre­vi­ous win­ners were Michael Porter (2005) and Peter Druck­er (2001 and 2003). The rank­ing is based on vot­ing at the Thinkers50 web­site (, fol­lowed by input from a pan­el of advis­ers led by Stu­art Crain­er and Des Dearlove.

The Thinkers50 2011 advis­ers drawn from Amer­i­ca, Asia, the Mid­dle East and Europe are:  Mohi Ahmed, Cor­po­rate Brand Office, Fujit­su; Mary Glenn, Asso­ciate Pub­lish­er, Busi­ness & Finance, McGraw Hill; San­ti­a­go Iniguez, Dean, IE Busi­ness School; Kevin Kel­ly, CEO, Hei­drick & Strug­gles; Josh Macht, Group Pub­lish­er, Har­vard Busi­ness Review Group; Steve Mostyn, Asso­ciate Fel­low, Saïd Busi­ness School, at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford; Dr Ali Qas­sim Al Lawati of Abu Dhabi’s Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment; and Richard Stagg, Edi­to­r­i­al Direc­tor of Finan­cial Times Pren­tice Hall.

The Thinkers50 has ten estab­lished cri­te­ria by which thinkers are eval­u­at­ed — orig­i­nal­i­ty of ideas; prac­ti­cal­i­ty of ideas; pre­sen­ta­tion style; writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion; loy­al­ty of fol­low­ers; busi­ness sense; inter­na­tion­al out­look; rig­or of research; impact of ideas and the elu­sive guru fac­tor.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the awards is online at

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is redesign­ing busi­ness edu­ca­tion for the 21st cen­tu­ry with a cur­ricu­lum based on Inte­gra­tive Think­ing. Locat­ed in the world’s most diverse city, the Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables the design of cre­ative busi­ness solu­tions.  The School is cur­rent­ly rais­ing $200 mil­lion to ensure Cana­da has the world-class busi­ness school it deserves. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it



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