Thinkers50 Executive MBA

Congratulations!

You have just taken the first step towards being part of the world’s most innovative Executive MBA.

As curators of the greatest management ideas in the world, Thinkers50 are in the unique position of being able to guide and inspire the leading management thinkers of the future through the creation of the Thinkers50 Executive MBA.

Listen to Thinkers50 founders Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove speaking about why they have launched this inspirational opportunity for an executive education.

Why the Thinkers50 Executive MBA

The Thinkers50 Executive MBA has been designed with contribution and content delivery from many of the leading experts in our network.

Engaging personally with those Thinkers50 have recognised as the leaders in their field, is a unique opportunity not to be missed.

Many people talk about boldness and disruption. Stuart and Des actually practice it.

Their Executive MBA programme is the perfect platform to learn from the finest business thinkers in the world — and to inspire a new generation of thinkers.

I am proud join them in this effort.

Daniel Pink
Author of 6 books about business, work and behaviour including When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Drive, To Sell is Human and A Whole New Mind

In today’s confounding world, rife with both existential risk and unbridled opportunity, management education needs to be radically updated.

Rather than repeating dogma and buzzwords we need an education that can delve deep into the issues, one that doesn’t shy away from the big issues and that dares re-invent both teaching, management, and itself.

The Thinkers50 Executive MBA is one such daring experiment.

Powered by the same inquisitive and imaginative drive to unearth the best business thinking that has made Thinkers50 the globally recognized listing of thought leadership, this program promises to bring both global excellence and real innovation to the often staid world of MBAs.

With both the collected wisdom of established master business thinkers and the innovative drive of up-and-coming stars, it has more raw potential than any executive education program I’ve ever come across. 

Alf Rehn
Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management, University of Southern Denmark. Author of Dangerous Ideas and Innovation for the Fatigued

Business education has not evolved as fast as most other industries. Most MBA programmes are still based on theoretical concepts valid 50 years ago.

Stuart and Des’ disruptive concept of the Thinkers50 Executive MBA provides a fresh approach to education, with a strong focus on modern leadership and how to turn ideas into reality.

It is an honour to be among the exclusive pool of teachers. This is definitely a must programme for anyone who wants to build the required competencies to succeed in today’s world. 

Antonio Nieto Rodriguez
Author of The Project Revolution, head of projects at GSK Vaccines

It is vital when selecting the right MBA to look at the course curators and faculty to ensure you are receiving the very best of modern thinking in each module.

With Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove behind the Thinkers50 Executive MBA, I am certain this is certainly the case throughout the programme.

Deborah Rowland
Author of Still Moving and former change leader at Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo

If you want to learn from some of the finest business thinkers in the world, if you want to be a part of this network without peer, if you want to be a leading management thinker in the future, the Thinkers50 Executive MBA is a truly remarkable opportunity. Take it! 

Whitney Johnson
Author of Disrupt Yourself and Build an A Team

Managers on the frontline in organisations are interested in ideas that work, models that make sense of their particular context and frameworks which improve performance.

The Thinkers50 Executive MBA is built around this reality.  It takes insights from the world’s leading business thinkers and helps managers put them to work. 

Mark Allin
Entrepreneur and former CEO John Wiley & Sons

I am proud to be a member of the Thinkers50 family. I look forward to working with Stuart and Des delivering this remarkable programme.

I also look forward to meeting some of the leading management thinkers of the future, who I am certain will be attending. 

Liz Wiseman
Author of Multipliers and The Multiplier Effect

It’s exciting to see Stuart and Des use their extensive experience curating and advancing management ideas to inspire a new generation of thinkers. 

Scott Anthony
Author of Dual Transformation

This is the perfect platform for Thinkers50 to use its extensive experience in this field to inspire a new generation of thinkers.

I am honored to be part of this initiative. 

Subir Chowdhury
Chairman and CEO ASI Consulting and author of The Difference

The Thinkers50 Executive MBA Programme

The programme is structured around 6 core modules, each introduced over a 3-day residential.

Individually tailored content delivery is accomplished in the deep dive between residentials.

The Thinkers50 Executive MBA offers exclusive access to Thinkers50’s reservoir of knowledge – via videos, podcasts, blogs, briefings, and more from leading thinkers – plus a powerful classroom experience.

It is a credentialed Executive MBA for the new age of management.

Core Modules

Leading People

Explore the strategic role of human resource management in organisations.

You will gain knowledge of environmental contexts of the sector, technology, legislation, social institutions and cultures.

Strategy and Culture

Gain an in-depth appreciation of strategic management thinking and decision-making.

You’ll explore strategy issues and how to resolve them, also develop your strategic thinking, analysis and judgement skills.

Leading Operations

Examine the fundamental principles of operations management.

You’ll learn how all organisations are essentially defined through their operational capabilities.

Innovation and Collaboration

Gain an understanding of the strategic management of product, service and process innovation.

You’ll learn how firms create value from new ideas and explore the experiences of successful and unsuccessful innovators.

Finance and Accounting

Gain a knowledge of finance to support the general management function.

You’ll learn to appreciate how specialist activities can help meet financial and business objectives.

Project and Change Management

This module aims to provide participants with a solid grounding in the theory and practice of project management.

The module will focus on the technical and commercial knowledge and skills necessary to manage projects within time and budget constraints and to a desired quality.

MBA Project

Business Report

This module provides the opportunity for you to diagnose and investigate a complex business issue, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations.

The applied nature of the report requires a critical evaluative approach, empirical investigation and analysis and a combination of business report writing skills.

It requires reflection on the implications for business from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint, including an account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future.

The Thinkers50 Biennial Summit in London, November 18 2019

As part of the 2019-2021 programme you will be involved in the Thinkers50 biennial summit.

This event brings together the greatest management thinkers in the world today.

You will have the opportunity to listen to, engage with and interview the leading exponents of modern management thinking and discuss their ideas that are changing the leadership and management landscape forever.

Meet Members of the Thinkers50 Executive MBA Teaching Team

Ben Laker

Professor Ben Laker

Biography

Ben is Director of Education at The National Centre for Leadership and Management and a board member of the Centre for High Performance, a research institute he co-founded in 2013 that works with elite organisations including NASA, The New Zealand All-Blacks and The Royal College of Art.

For more than 10 years he’s delivered Executive Education across the globe having taught at leading institutions including Audiencia Business School (France), Henley Business School (UK) and Russia’s Presidential Academy of National Economy.

Recently named in Thinkers50’s Radar Class of 2019, he commentates on global affairs for Bloomberg, BBC and Sky News, and writes for Harvard Business Review, The Economist and The Telegraph.

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Stuart Crainer

Stuart Crainer

Biography

Stuart is a co-founder of Thinkers50. He is the former editor of London Business School’s award-winning magazine Business Strategy Review.

His book credits include The Management Century and a biography of the management guru Tom Peters. He has taught in the International MBA at IE Business School and in executive education programs around the world, including the Strategic Leadership programme at Oxford University.

Stuart is a Visiting Professor at Warwick Business School. He is also the author of Atlantic Crossing, based on his experiences sailing the Atlantic.

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Des Dearlove

Des Dearlove

Biography

Des is a co-founder of Thinkers50. He is a former columnist to The (London) Times, contributing editor to Strategy+Business, and co-editor of the bestselling Financial Times Handbook of Management.

He has taught at some of the world’s leading business schools, including IE Business School, and the Said Business School at Oxford University, where he is an associate fellow. He is a Visiting Professor at Warwick Business School.

He is also the author of the Archie Greene trilogy of children’s books.

Strategy Management Innovation Future thinkers Firestarters  FT handbook of management  Generation entrepreneur Gravy training The ultimate book of business thinking Key management decisions

David Cobb

David Cobb

Biography

David is CEO of the Oceanova group of companies. An inspirational entrepreneur with a passion for learning, David has launched and developed a string of successful businesses that challenge the prevailing narrative and provoke systemic change.

David’s latest project, The National Centre for Leadership and Management, brings together the finest minds in the thought leadership industry to deliver a refreshing new approach to executive education.

David is an author, speaker and lecturer in his specialist topics of talent management, innovation and leadership.

Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant

Biography

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities.

A bestselling author on innovation and collaborative work, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the 2013 “Future Thinker Award” from Thinkers50, Nilofer reveals new mechanisms for unlocking the capacity of people.

She brings an operational understanding to her work, having personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in revenues, and has held executive positions in tech, from Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Autodesk, to start-ups in the early days of the web, such as Golive, which was later bought by Adobe.

Nilofer has authored three books.

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Mohi Ahmed

Mohi Ahmed

Biography

Mohi Ahmed is a Bangladesh born Canadian. He was named as one of the world’s key “Idea Practitioners” in the book What’s the Big Idea? and also featured in the book Glow.

In addition to practices in industry for about 26 years, he has been working with many world-class thinkers in academic institutions. He served as a Visiting Scholar at Haas Business School – University of California at Berkeley, Harvard Business School in Boston, and Hitotsubashi University’s Business School – ICS in Tokyo.

He earned PhD in Applied Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and continued his studies of Entrepreneurship at Cambridge University and Sustainability at Oxford University while he was working in the UK.

He runs the Open Innovation Gateway – Powered by Fujitsu based in California. He has been a member of the Thinkers50 advisory team for many years.

Mohi enjoys sharing his experiences with the ones who cares about learn-break-create for making a difference in the world with an open mind.

Living service

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit

Biography

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organisations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.

Alexandra recently became a partner with organisational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies.

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Tiffani Bova

Tiffani Bova

Biography

Tiffani Bova is the growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce and the author of GROWTH IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business.

She was recently named to Thinkers50’s Radar Class of 2019 and was Thinker of the Month in December 2018.

Bova has delivered over 500 keynote presentations on sales transformation and business model innovation to over 400,000 people on six continents.

Prior to working with Salesforce she was a Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow at Gartner where she won the Thought Leadership award.

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Antonio Nieto Rodriguez

Antonio Nieto Rodriguez

Biography

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the world’s leading champion of Project Management and Strategy Implementation.

He is the creator of concepts such as the Hierarchy of Purpose, or the Project Manifesto; which argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.

Antonio is Director of the Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines and Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

He is the author of the best-selling book The Focused Organization.

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Tendayi Viki

Dr Tendayi Viki

Biography

Dr Tendayi Viki is an author and corporate innovation expert. As Associate Partner at Strategyzer, he works with companies to develop their internal ecosystems so they can innovate for the future while managing their core business.

He previously served as Director of Product Lifecycle at Pearson, where he co-developed an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York.

Tendayi has written two books; The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. The Corporate Startup was awarded the 2018 CMI Management Book Of The Year In Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The corporate startup The lean product lifecycle

Pim de Morree & Joost Minnaar

Pim de Morree & Joost Minnaar

Biography

The Corporate Rebels are on a mission to make work more fun.

They quit their frustrating, corporate jobs and set out to travel the globe to visit the world’s most inspiring organisations to then share everything they learn about creating more inspiring workplaces through blogs, talks and presentations.

They combine research, trends, success factors, best practices, myths, and pitfalls that were picked up while visiting a long list of workplace pioneers around the world.

Their blog is read in more than 100 countries and they’ve been featured in NY Times, Forbes, HuffPost, The Guardian and the BBC.

Corporate rebels

Dr Debarpita Bardhan Correia

Dr Debarpita Bardhan-Correia

Biography

Deba is Dean of the University of Buckingham Business School.

Born in Kolkatta, India, she completed her undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Following her degree, Deba worked in Sales and Marketing for The Oberoi Group, an international luxury hotel chain.

After being awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2000, she went on to complete her Master’s degree in Service Management with distinction at The University of Buckingham in 2000.

Deba then became a Research Associate at the university whereby she undertook research around the topic of student experience in a Higher Education setting.

Roger Steare

Professor Roger Steare

Biography

Roger has helped thousands of leaders around the world to re-discover their purpose, their humanity and their integrity with significant improvement in sustainable profitability.

Clients have included Barclays, BP, Citi, Clifford Chance, EY, HSBC, Nationwide, NHS Trusts, Openreach, PWC and RBS. He has also advised regulators, law enforcement and other government agencies.

He is the author of ethicability and co-designer of the MoralDNA® Profile.

Roger has been described as a “disruptive”, “provocative” and “inspiring” keynote speaker on leadership, culture and ethics.

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The Thinkers50 Executive MBA Teaching Team

Ben Laker

Professor Ben Laker

Biography

Ben is Director of Education at The National Centre for Leadership and Management.

A Harvard Business Review contributor and prolific author of thought-leadership, his insights are published by The New York Times, Forbes, The Economist and the BBC among others.

Formerly a Visiting Professor at The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and a Lecturer at Kingston University, Ben is also has an association with the Centre for High Performance, a research institute that works with elite organisations including NASA, The New Zealand All-Blacks and The Royal College of Art.

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Stuart Crainer

Stuart Crainer

Biography

Stuart is a co-founder of Thinkers50. He is the former editor of London Business School’s award-winning magazine Business Strategy Review.

His book credits include The Management Century and a biography of the management guru Tom Peters. He has taught in the International MBA at IE Business School and in executive education programs around the world, including the Strategic Leadership programme at Oxford University.

Stuart is a Visiting Professor at Warwick Business School. He is also the author of Atlantic Crossing, based on his experiences sailing the Atlantic.

Strategy Management Innovation Future thinkers Firestarters The ultimate business guru book FT handbook of management The ultimate business library Generation entrepreneur Gravy training

Des Dearlove

Des Dearlove

Biography

Des is a co-founder of Thinkers50. He is a former columnist to The (London) Times, contributing editor to Strategy+Business, and co-editor of the bestselling Financial Times Handbook of Management.

He has taught at some of the world’s leading business schools, including IE Business School, and the Said Business School at Oxford University, where he is an associate fellow. He is a Visiting Professor at Warwick Business School.

He is also the author of the Archie Greene trilogy of children’s books.

Strategy Management Innovation Future thinkers Firestarters  FT handbook of management  Generation entrepreneur Gravy training The ultimate book of business thinking Key management decisions

David Cobb

David Cobb

Biography

David is CEO of the Oceanova group of companies. An inspirational entrepreneur with a passion for learning, David has launched and developed a string of successful businesses that challenge the prevailing narrative and provoke systemic change.

David’s latest project, The National Centre for Leadership and Management, brings together the finest minds in the thought leadership industry to deliver a refreshing new approach to executive education.

David is an author, speaker and lecturer in his specialist topics of talent management, innovation and leadership.

Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant

Biography

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities.

A bestselling author on innovation and collaborative work, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the 2013 “Future Thinker Award” from Thinkers50, Nilofer reveals new mechanisms for unlocking the capacity of people.

She brings an operational understanding to her work, having personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in revenues, and has held executive positions in tech, from Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Autodesk, to start-ups in the early days of the web, such as Golive, which was later bought by Adobe.

Nilofer has authored three books.

11 rules for creating value in the social era The new how The power of onlyness

Mohi Ahmed

Mohi Ahmed

Biography

Mohi Ahmed is a Bangladesh born Canadian. He was named as one of the world’s key “Idea Practitioners” in the book What’s the Big Idea? and also featured in the book Glow.

In addition to practices in industry for about 26 years, he has been working with many world-class thinkers in academic institutions. He served as a Visiting Scholar at Haas Business School – University of California at Berkeley, Harvard Business School in Boston, and Hitotsubashi University’s Business School – ICS in Tokyo.

He earned PhD in Applied Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and continued his studies of Entrepreneurship at Cambridge University and Sustainability at Oxford University while he was working in the UK.

He runs the Open Innovation Gateway – Powered by Fujitsu based in California. He has been a member of the Thinkers50 advisory team for many years.

Mohi enjoys sharing his experiences with the ones who cares about learn-break-create for making a difference in the world with an open mind.

Living service

Alexandra Levit

Alexandra Levit

Biography

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organisations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.

Alexandra recently became a partner with organisational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Humanity works They don't teach corporate in college Blind spots Mom B A

Tiffani Bova

Tiffani Bova

Biography

Tiffani Bova is the growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce and the author of GROWTH IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices that Will Make or Break Your Business.

She was recently named to Thinkers50’s Radar Class of 2019 and was Thinker of the Month in December 2018.

Bova has delivered over 500 keynote presentations on sales transformation and business model innovation to over 400,000 people on six continents.

Prior to working with Salesforce she was a Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow at Gartner where she won the Thought Leadership award.

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Antonio Nieto Rodriguez

Antonio Nieto Rodriguez

Biography

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the world’s leading champion of Project Management and Strategy Implementation.

He is the creator of concepts such as the Hierarchy of Purpose, or the Project Manifesto; which argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.

Antonio is Director of the Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines and Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

He is the author of the best-selling book The Focused Organization.

The project revolution Project management The focused organisation

 

Tendayi Viki

Tendayi Viki

Biography

Tendayi Viki is an author and corporate innovation expert. Through his consulting firm Benneli Jacobs, Tendayi works with companies to develop their internal ecosystems so they can innovate for the future while managing their core business.

He also serves as Director of Product Lifecycle at Pearson, an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York.

Tendayi has written two books; The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. The Corporate Startup was awarded the 2018 CMI Management Book Of The Year In Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The corporate startup The lean product lifecycle

Pim de Morree & Joost Minnaar

Pim de Morree & Joost Minnaar

Biography

The Corporate Rebels are on a mission to make work more fun.

They quit their frustrating, corporate jobs and set out to travel the globe to visit the world’s most inspiring organisations to then share everything they learn about creating more inspiring workplaces through blogs, talks and presentations.

They combine research, trends, success factors, best practices, myths, and pitfalls that were picked up while visiting a long list of workplace pioneers around the world.

Their blog is read in more than 100 countries and they’ve been featured in NY Times, Forbes, HuffPost, The Guardian and the BBC.

Corporate rebels

Dr Debarpita Bardhan Correia

Dr Debarpita Bardhan-Correia

Biography

Deba is Dean of the University of Buckingham Business School.

Born in Kolkatta, India, she completed her undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Following her degree, Deba worked in Sales and Marketing for The Oberoi Group, an international luxury hotel chain.

After being awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2000, she went on to complete her Master’s degree in Service Management with distinction at The University of Buckingham in 2000.

Deba then became a Research Associate at the university whereby she undertook research around the topic of student experience in a Higher Education setting.

Roger Steare

Professor Roger Steare

Biography

Roger has helped thousands of leaders around the world to re-discover their purpose, their humanity and their integrity with significant improvement in sustainable profitability.

Clients have included Barclays, BP, Citi, Clifford Chance, EY, HSBC, Nationwide, NHS Trusts, Openreach, PWC and RBS. He has also advised regulators, law enforcement and other government agencies.

He is the author of ethicability and co-designer of the MoralDNA® Profile.

Roger has been described as a “disruptive”, “provocative” and “inspiring” keynote speaker on leadership, culture and ethics.

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Fees & Funding

Self-Funded Tuition Fees for September 2019 starters are £27,000

Funding options for your Thinkers50 MBA

We are looking for a diverse cohort of learners and wish to remove as many barriers to inclusion as possible.

For UK participants, we have ensured that our programme attracts Apprenticeship Levy funding of £18,000 over the two years, for those working in qualifying companies in the UK.

This will leave only £9,000 payable in order to attend the course.

For all applicants, it is advisable to speak with the individuals responsible for Professional Learning in your organisations with regard to options. We are happy to discuss these with you further.

Please contact us should you have any questions: hello@ncflm.org

The Thinkers50 Executive MBA – Eligibility and Application Process

Eligibility Criteria

Our guidelines for course eligibility are as follows:

  • A BA Hons Degree (or equivalent extended management experience)
  • Five years managerial experience

We welcome applications from those who have had extensive management and leadership experience but do not necessarily meet the academic eligibility criteria.

The programme is designed to support a diversity of academic qualification, management experience and personal learning journey so far.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Application Process

Once you have been through the initial registration process you will need to provide the following as part of the application process:

  • Personal Statement (1000 Words)
  • A copy of your CV
  • Two referees

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Thinkers50 Executive MBA Brochure

The Thinkers50 MBA Brochure will provide you with all the information you need in relation to the course. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on hello@nclfm.org

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