Soundview Executive Book Summaries


The World’s Top 50 Thinkers

You may or may not have run across the Thinkers50 website. Every two years the site names the world’s 50 top business thinkers.

The ranking is based on voting at the Thinkers50 website and input from a team of advisers led by Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove. 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.

Here are the top 15:

Clayton ChristensenThe Innovator’s DNA, The Innovators Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, etc…

W. Chan Kim & Renee MauborgneBlue Ocean Strategy

Vijay GovindarajanTen Rules of Strategic Innovators, The Other Side of Innovation, The Quest for Global Dominance

Jim CollinsGood to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, Great by Choice

Michael PorterCompetitive Advantage, Competitive Strategy, Competitive Advantage of Nations

Roger MartinThe Opposable Mind, The Design of Business, Fixing the Game, The Responsibility Virus

Marshall GoldsmithWhat Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo

Marcus BuckinghamFirst Break All the Rules, Now Discover Your Strengths, StandOut

Don TapscottThe Digital Economy, Wikinomics, Macrowikinomics

Malcolm GladwellThe Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers

Sylvia Ann HewlettOff-Ramps and On-Ramps, Top Talent, Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets

Lynda GrattonLiving Strategy, The Democratic Enterprise, Hot Spots, Glow, The Shift

Nitin NohriaIn Their Time, Paths to Power, Driven, The Arc of Ambition, What Really Works

Robert Kaplan & David NortonThe Balanced Scorecard, The Strategy-Focused Organization, Execution Premium

Gary HamelCompeting for the Future, Leading the Revolution, The Future of Management

What do these great business thinkers have in common? As you can see from the list – they have all published business books. The publishing of a book is still the best way to disseminate the latest in business thinking. We may be consuming this information in different formats, but we still need the book to begin with.

Something else this list of business thinkers has in common is that 12 of the 15 have had at least one Soundview Executive Book Summary published from their works. That means that these titles were among the top 30 books of the year in which they were published. You can find the summaries by going to the Soundview website and searching an authors name.

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