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    12-15-2008, 05:49 AM

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    World's 10 top management gurus

    "Deregulation, emerging markets, new forms of globalisation, convergence of technologies andindustries, and ubiquitous connectivity, these have changed many aspects of business," saidmanagement guru C K Prahalad in an interview. Prahalad is the world's topmost management guruand the first Indian-born thinker to claim the title.

    .The Thinkers 50 2007 list, produced by Suntop Media in association with Skillsoft, is a definitive guideto who is the most influential living management thinker. Although the list is still dominated by NorthAmericans (37 of the 50 gurus are from the United States), three more Indian management expertshave made it to the Top 50. As yet, no Chinese guru has emerged.

    1. C K PRAHALAD

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    Coimbatore Krishnao Prahalad was born in the town of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He studied physicsat the University of Madras (now Chennai); worked as a manager in a branch of the Union Carbidebattery company, then went to the Harvard University and earned a PhD.

    Prahalad, is now the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor at the Ross Schoolof Business, University of Michigan, specializes in corporate strategy.

    His books include:Multinational Mission: Balancing Local Demands and Global Vision (1987), coauthored with Yves Doz,Competing for the Future (1994), co-authored with Gary Hamel. Printed in fourteen languages, thebook was named the Best Selling Business Book of the Year in 1994, and The Future of Competition:

    Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers (2004) (coauthored with Venkatram Ramaswamy).

    On his vision about India, Prahalad says: "As a country, India must have high and shared aspirationslike it had in 1929 when the leaders of the then Congress party declared their ambition as PoornaSwaraj. Since then, India has never had a national aspiration which every Indian could share."

    2. BILL GATES

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    For long the world?s richest man, till he was upstaged by legendary investor Warren Buffett recently,Bill Gates wears many a hat: computer whiz kid, entrepreneur extraordinaire, compassionatecapitalist, top management thinker. . .

    Born on October 28, 1955, William H Gates III grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father,William H Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary, was a schoolteacher, University ofWashington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. Gates attended public elementaryschool and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software andbegan programming computers at age 13.

    In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve

    Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of theprogramming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair. In his junior year, Gatesleft Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhoodfriend Paul Allen.

    Books that he wrote: The Road Ahead (1995), held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' bestsellerlist for seven weeks. Business @ the Speed of Thought (1999). Published in 25 languages the book isavailable in more than 60 countries. ill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft inJanuary, 2000; remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. Gates'slast full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as a part-time, non-executive chairman.

    Gates married Melinda French from Dallas, Texas on January 1, 1994. They have three children:

    Jennifer Katharine Gates (1996), Rory John Gates (1999) and Phoebe Adele Gates (2002). Bill Gates'house is a 21st century earth-sheltered home in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington inMedina, Washington

    3. ALAN GREENSPAN

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    Born on March 6, 1926 in New York City, Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the Board of Governors ofthe Federal Reserve of the United States -- the US Fed -- from 1987 to 2006. It was said that when hesneezed, the world caught a cold.

    He currently works as a private advisor, making speeches and providing consulting for firms throughhis company, Greenspan Associates LLC. Greenspan was lauded for his handling of the Black Mondaystock market crash that occurred very shortly after he first became chairman, as well as for hisstewardship of the Internet-driven, 'dot-com' economic boom of the 1990s.

    Greenspan is an accomplished saxophone player. While in college, he played in a jazz band. Heattended New York University, and received a BS in Economics in 1948, and a MA in 1950. Greenspanwent to the Columbia University, intending to pursue advanced economic studies, but subsequentlydropped out.

    In 1977, NYU awarded him a Ph.D. in Economics. On December 14, 2005, he was awarded an honoraryDoctor of Commercial Science from NYU, his fourth degree from that institution. Greenspan wasfamous for his ability to give technical and confusing speeches. US News & World Report once said"Few can confuse Wall Street as thoroughly as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan can."

    And Motley Fool radio show included a game called 'What Did the Fed Chief Say?', where contestantswere challenged to interpret snippets of Greenspan's speeches. His memoir, titled The Age ofTurbulence: Adventures in a New World was published in 2007.

    4. MICHAEL E PORTER

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    Michael E Porter is the Bishop William Laurence University Professor at the Harvard Business School.Porter was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His father was an army officer. He studied mechanical andaerospace engineering at Princeton and then switched to business, earning an MBA and a PhD ineconomics from Harvard. He later joined the faculty there.

    It is said that Porter has always been obsessed by competition. Unfortunately, he slipped from thenumber one position he held in the 2005 list to the fourth position in the 2007 list.

    Books that he wrote:Competitive Strategy Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (1980)Comparative Advantage (1985)The Competitive Advantage of Nations (1990)Can Japan Compete? (1999)

    5. GARY HAMEL

    The Wall Street Journal has ranked Gary Hamel as the world's most influential business thinker, and

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    Fortune magazine has called him ?the world's leading expert on business strategy.? For the last threeyears, Hamel has also topped Executive Excellence magazine's annual ranking of the most soughtafter management speakers.

    Born in 1954, Hamel is a visiting professor at Harvard Business School and London Business School.Hamel has worked for companies as diverse as General Electric, Time Warner, Nokia, Nestle, Shell,

    Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, IBM, and Microsoft.

    Hamel's landmark books, Leading the Revolution and Competing for the Future, have appeared onevery management bestseller list and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His latestbook, The Future of Management, was published by the Harvard Business School Press in October2007 and was selected by Amazon.com as the best business book of the year. Hamel, a Fellow of theWorld Economic Forum and the Strategic Management Society lives in Northern California andbelieves that 'Dilbert is the bestselling business book of all time.'

    6. W CHAN KIM & RENEE MAUBORGNE

    W Chan Kim is co-founder and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute and The BostonConsulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management atINSEAD, France.

    Prior to joining INSEAD, he was a professor at the University of Michigan Business School, USA.He has served as a board member as well as an advisor for a number of multinational corporations inEurope, the United States and Pacific Asia. He is an advisory member for the European Union and isthe co