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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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