2011 Ranking: #13
Nitin Nohria is the dean of Harvard Business School. Prior to his appointment as dean, Nohria served in a number of senior positions at HBS including co-chair of the Leadership Initiative; senior associate dean of faculty development; and head of the organizational behavior unit. Particular areas of research interest and expertise include motivation; leadership; corporate transformation and accountability; and sustainable economic and human performance.
Nohria is the author, co-author or co-editor of 16 books and over 50 journal articles, book chapters and working papers. His most recent work is the Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, co-edited with Rakesh Khurana (who is also in the Thinkers 50), which assembles the latest thinking on leadership as related by various experts who attended a leadership colloquium organized by Nohria during the School's centennial celebrations.
Nohria's trilogy (with Anthony J. Mayo and others) In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century (2005); Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership (2007); and Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders: Leadership Lessons from the Airline Industry (2009), looks at the history of American leadership. Across the three books Nohria examined the lives of great leaders, their routes to power, and lessons that can be learnt from them.
Other books by Nohria include Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices (2001); The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey (2000), written with James Champy; and What Really Works: The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success (2003), with William Joyce and Bruce Roberson.