Harvard Business School faculty recognized in 2021 ‘Thinkers50’ list

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The recently issued 2021 “Thinkers50” listing of influential management thinkers includes six Harvard Business School faculty members in its list of honorees.

The HBS scholars who were recognized include:

Amy Edmondson, a pioneer of psychological safety, was ranked first overall. This is her fourth time appearing on the list. She also won the Thinkers50 2019 Breakthrough Idea Award for her book The Fearless Organizationand was the Thinkers50 2017 Talent Award winner.

Frances Frei was recognized with Anne Morriss as co-authors of the 2020 book Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You. The book theorizes that popular leadership advice glosses over the most important thing you do as a leader: Build others up. Leadership isn’t about you, say Frei and Morriss, it’s about how effective you are at empowering other people — and making sure that this impact endures. Frei was also on the shortlist for the Thinkers50 2021 Leadership Award.

Francesca Gino was recognized for the third time. She previously was the winner of the Thinkers50 2019 Talent Award for her book Rebel Talent. Her research focuses on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, ethics, motivation, productivity, and creativity.

Linda Hill was recognized for the sixth time. She was the Thinkers50 2015 Innovation Award for her work on leading innovation, in her book Collective Geniusand won the Thinkers50 Leadership Award in 2013 and 2011. Hill’s focus is on leading change and innovation, developing innovation ecosystems, and the role of boards in governing innovation, talent development, and implementing global strategies.

Hubert Joly is appearing in the listing for the first time. He is also this year’s winner of the Thinkers50 2021 Leadership Award. Joly is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Best Buy Co., Inc., and the author of The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism, aWall Street Journal bestseller published by Harvard Business Review Press.

Tsedal Neeley is appearing in the listing for the first time. She was also on the shortlist for the Thinkers50 2021 Talent Award, and previously listed in the Thinkers50 2018 Radar Class. Her recently published book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere, provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations.