Select Page

For regular updates on Thinkers50 news, ideas and events subscribe to our monthly newsletter:

Thinkers50 RADAR

* indicates required

Thinkers50 China

Thinkers50 teams with China’s Haier Group in a groundbreaking partnership to explore leadership and management innovation in China and beyond.

What happens to best practice?

Stuart Crainer reports from the first International Rendanheyi Model Forum in Qingdao, China. Another presentation about great companies and another mention of WL Gore.  I have distant memories of WL Gore being held up as an exemplar of best management practice many...

Trust Inc.

Stuart Crainer reports from the first International Rendanheyi Model Forum in Qingdao, China. Trust looks like being one of the big business ideas of our times.  Rachel Botsman, one of the champions of the sharing economy, examines the concept of trust in her new...

The Revolution is Underway

Stuart Crainer reports from the first International Rendanheyi Model Forum in Qingdao, China. Some thirty years ago I went to interview Peter Drucker in London. At the time, I knew very little of his work.  He was an old man who had written a few important books. ...

Margins Inc.

by Stuart Crainer When it comes to organization and management, the most innovative company in the world is not a high- tech start up from Silicon Valley, but a Chinese white goods manufacturer. In the 1990s the Brazilian business leader Ricardo Semler wrote a book...

Thinkers50 China Launched in Qingdao
Groundbreaking new partnership to explore leadership and management innovation in China and beyond.

QINGDAO, CHINA. Thinkers50, the global platform for management thinking, today announces a groundbreaking new partnership with the world’s leading white goods manufacturer, Haier. The new Thinkers50 IdeasLab China will be based at Haier’s headquarters in Qingdao, China.

The development of Haier is an eye-catching corporate story by any standards. It was in 1984 that Zhang Ruimin took over as Director of the Qingdao Refrigerator Factory. The small collectively-owned factory was losing money. Others had tried to turn the venture around and failed. Money had to be borrowed to pay wages and products often had to be repaired before leaving the factory.

Please see the complete press release for details.