Finally, a business thinkers list with female representation

Three and a half years ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed a “new breed of business guru” and included a ranking, compiled by the Journal, of the top 20 business thinkers.

No women were on the list. This was noted in the article and I wondered about it too, given that I had read a lot of interesting work by female business scholars. I made my own list, which I posted back in 2008. It’s notable that the 2009 Thinkers50 list had only 4.5 positions occupied by women.

Fast-forward to 2011. The “Thinkers 50″ list has just been released. Of the 50 thinkers, 10 are women, plus one collaborator). That list includes four who were on my original list of six from 2008, including Amy Edmondson, Rita McGrath, Herminia Ibarra and Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

It also includes several that I would have included on an updated list, including Teresa Amabile and Linda Hill.

Congratulations to all!

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