Charles Handy (born in Ireland in 1932) has a first-class degree from Oxford. He worked for Shell and studied at MIT. He launched and ran the Sloan Programme at London Business School where he became a professor. Handy’s first book was Understanding Organisations (1976).
It was in 1989, with the publication of The Age of Unreason that his thinking made a great leap forwards. Handy foresaw a future of “discontinuous change”. Like many of Handy’s phrases, this has now entered the management mainstream. His other bestselling books include The Empty Raincoat, Beyond Certainty and The Elephant and the Flea. He has also written books with his wife, the photographer Elizabeth Handy, and appeared regularly on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.
Charles Handy will receive his award at the Thinkers50 awards evening on 14 November 2011 at the Lancaster Hotel in London. This is part of the first ever Thinkers50 Summit organized by the Thinkers50 conference partner, Benchmark for Business (www.thinkers50summit.com)
About the Thinkers50
Developed and owned by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, the definitive global ranking of management thinkers is published every two years. The 2009 winner was CK Prahalad. The previous winners were Michael Porter (2005) and Peter Drucker (2001 and 2003). The ranking is based on voting at the Thinkers50 website (www.thinkers50.com)
About Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove
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