Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus featured as one of the most influential business thinkers in a new ranking compiled by The Wall Street Journal. Others in the list are Joseph Stiglitz, Bill Gates, Michael Porter, Thomas Friedman, Eric Schmidt, Richard Branson, Malcolm Gladwell, Robert Reich, Jack Welch, Niall Ferguson, Michael Dell, Howard Gardner and Jimmy Wales.
The results based on Google hits, media mentions and academic citations ranked the economists.
Tom Davenport, professor at Babson College and author of the 2003 book, “What’s the Big Idea?” who compiled this year’s ranking with Jeffrey Cronin, of Harvard Business School, says business and management topics have fallen out of favor, thanks to a shortage of mega-trends like Six Sigma and business process re-engineering, which swept the nation in the 1980s and 1990s. “I call the new list the invasion of the celebrity economists,” Davenport says.