Jeffrey Paul Baumgartner

Baumgartner, Jeffrey Paul

He says he is ‘not your typical, corporate innovation consultant’. Baumgartner is, indeed, an eclectic and anticonventional thinker, with an original approach to ‘achieving goals through creativity’. The author of the book ‘The Way of the Innovation Master’ is also responsible for Report 103, ‘a popular newsletter on creativity and innovation in business’.

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Birkinshaw, Julian

Ranked 39th in the 2013 Thinkers50 list, the LBS Professor is a recognised expert on innovation and renewal in large organisations. Author of 12 books, he also co-founded the Management Innovation Lab (MLab), a business-academia partnership that 'seeks to accelerate the evolution of management'.

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Boyd, Drew

If your company isn’t innovating, you may be lost outside the box. Boyd, a professor at the University of Cincinnati and co-author of ‘Inside the Box’, teaches you how to innovate using the SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) method.

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Brown, Tim

CEO of the global design firm IDEO, ranked as one of the most innovative companies by Boston Consulting Group, Brown has come up with an approach that uses design thinking to help organisations innovate.

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Professor W. Chan Kim


Chan Kim, W.

Fellow of the World Economic Forum, W. Chan Kim ranked nº 2 in The Thinkers50 listing of the World’s Top Management Gurus, in 2011 and 2013. He is a co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute and The Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor. With his colleague Renée Mauborgne, from INSEAD, he penned the bestselling book ‘Blue Ocean Strategy.'


Chesbrough, Henry

Branded ‘the father of open innovation’, Chesbrough is a professor at the Haas School of Business. A must-read columnist at Forbes magazine, he provides your company with cost-effective solutions to gather and use ideas from within and outside of itself.

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Christensen, Clayton

An authority in ‘disruptive innovation’, this Harvard professor is a New York Times bestselling author and world leading management thinker. In 2011 and 2013, Christensen was considered the World’s Most Influential Business Management Thinker, by Thinkers50.

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De Bono, Edward

To Edward de Bono, thinking is a skill to be taught as a subject. Having developed the concept of lateral thinking, this ‘inspiring man with brilliant ideas’, in Richard Branson’s words, is dedicated to stirring creative thinkers and innovators.

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Drucker, Peter F.

This is ‘the man who invented management’, according to Business Week: a management consultant who described social interactions and organisations as an ecosystem. With prophetic and challenging writings on the function of enterprises, he had a strong impact on leading companies worldwide.
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Gibson, Rowan

‘A guru among the gurus’, Gibson is a management consultant, giving advice on business strategy and innovation. A bestselling author and a prominent speaker who may have a hint on how to keep your company on the edge of innovation.

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Hamel, Gary

Ranked by WSJ as ‘the world’s most influential business thinker’, Hamel is the author of Amazon’s best business book of 2007, ‘The Future of Management’, among others. He teaches CEOs across the globe on how to run their companies and, more recently, has been developing the Management Innovation eXchange project, aiming at ‘reinventing management.’

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Saul Kaplan

Kaplan, Saul

Kaplan, who founded the Business Innovation Factory in 2005, works for businesses to thrive in an ever-changing world by promoting collaborative innovation. An expert to follow by all those who want to get great insights on new business models in different areas.

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Kawasaki, Guy

Working as the chief evangelist of the graphic-design website Canva, Kawasaki will teach your company how to sell a product by making meaning. He is a fellow at the Haas School of Business and the author of more than 10 books.

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Kelley, Braden

An advisor to leading organisations and a renowned speaker on innovation, social business, organisational change, crowdsourcing, among others. If you’re seeking to establish your company’s innovation change strategy, Kelley is worth following.

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Lindegaard, Stefan

Lindegaard is an author, speaker and strategic advisor to companies around the world – on how people bring about innovation and why it requires an open approach. His blog, books and talks focus on helping business managers become innovation leaders.

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Malone, Thomas W.

Thomas Malone is a professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He advises companies and leaders on how to reorganise themselves in order to fully exploit the potential of information technology.

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Mauborgne, Renée

The highest placed woman ever on Thinkers50, she ranked nº 2 in the listing of the World’s Top Management Gurus, both in 2011 and 2013. The co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute and Distinguished Fellow and Professor of strategy at INSEAD wrote with her colleague W. Chan Kim the bestselling book ‘Blue Ocean Strategy.'

McKiney, Phil

A leading speaker on innovation and its impact on different realms, McKinney helps companies to equip themselves to survive, with his FIRE method (Focus, Ideation, Rank, Execution). Author of the book ‘Beyond the Obvious’, he is also celebrated for his ‘Killer Innovations Podcast’.

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Patel, Hitendra

He is the co-founder of the Global Innovation Management Institute, the largest innovation programme in the world. Patel has helped over 50 international companies and their executive teams and taught over 5,000 students worldwide. This change-maker is the author of several books, including the bestseller ‘101 Innovation Breakthroughs’.

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Peter Skarzynski

Recognised as a leading expert in enabling renewal and growth by embedding innovation sustainably in large companies, he advises them on strategy, innovation and organisational change. Skarzynski is a frequent corporate and conference speaker and a bestselling author.

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Pink, Daniel H.

Host of the National Geographic television series Crowd Control, Dan is a challenging thinker and bestselling author – his books, including the renowned ‘Drive’, have sold 2 million copies, across the globe. A thinker CEOs must follow to learn how behavioural science can help running a company.

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Shapiro, Stephen

Former Accenture consultant, Stephen has been challenging audiences from over 40 countries. As a leading authority in business innovation, he provides advice to companies in search for opportunities to innovate (among which are Nike and Microsoft).

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Sloane, Paul

A published writer and motivational speaker, Sloane helps companies tackle innovation and leadership issues – getting into concepts such as lateral thinking, open innovation and crowdsourcing.

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Tapscott, Don

Winner of the 2013 Global Solutions Award by Thinkers50 for launching the Global Solution Networks programme, Don provides advice to business managers and government officials and conducts research on the new models for non-state networks.

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Gijs van Wulfen

Van Wulfen, Gijs

Followed by over 250,000 people on LinkedIn, Gijs was also consecutively elected a Top 10 Worldwide Innovation Blogger. He is the author of the bestseller ‘Innovation Expedition’ and founder of the FORTH method, which helps companies structure their innovation initiatives.

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Zinger, David

Zinger is the founder of Employee Engagement Network. Here he passes on knowledge about management, holding on to his easily remembered definition of employee engagement as ‘good work done well with others every day’.

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