An Indian has been declared the world’s foremost management guru. The honour goes to Prof. C.K.Prahalad , Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

The Thinkers 50 2007 ,produced by Suntop Media in association with Skillsoft, is the definitive bi-annual guide to which thinkers and ideas are in – and which have been consigned to business history.

The greatest management thinkers alive as per the list has as its top 10 (2005 rankings in parentheses):-

  1. C K Prahalad (3)
  2. Bill Gates (2)
  3. Alan Greenspan (35)
  4. Michael Porter (1)
  5. Gary Hamel (14)
  6. W Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne (15)
  7. Tom Peters (4)
  8. Jack Welch (5)
  9. Richard Branson (11)
  10. Jim Collins (6)

Apart from Prahalad, there are 3 other Indians in the list of Top 50: CEO coach Ram Charan at 22, Tuck School’s Innovation guru, Vijay Govindarajan at 23 and Harvard’s Rakesh Khurana at 45.