Cranfield academic Professor Sue Vinnicombe has been honoured for the 'profound impact' her research has had on global management practice.

Professor Vinnicombe, Professor of Women and Leadership in Cranfield School of Management's Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre, was this week inducted into the Thinkers50 Management Hall of Fame in recognition of her globally-influential research into diversity and women's leadership.

Founded in 2009, the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Haier Group, honours the legacy of an elite group of thinkers whose work has had 'a profound and lasting influence on the world of management'. Professor Vinnicombe is one of five new inductees to the Hall of Fame this year.

Co-founder Stuart Crainer said: "To be inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, someone must have had a long-term impact on the way people think about and practice management.

"These thinkers have all made a profound contribution to how we understand management and how it is practiced globally."

As founder of the annual Female FTSE Board Report – regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK – and co-author of the associated 100 Women to Watch, Professor Vinnicombe has established a global reputation for her leading research into women's leadership styles and the barriers to women developing their executive careers.

Professor Vinnicombe was awarded a CBE for services to gender equality in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2014, and is Vice Patron of the charity Working Families.

Professor David Oglethorpe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Cranfield School of Management, said: "I am delighted to see Sue honoured in this way, but am in many ways not surprised. The dedication and absolute conviction with which she pursues her research is clear to everyone who knows her. She has been a leading light in her field for many years and a champion for women in leadership around the world."

This year's Female FTSE Board Report and 100 Women to Watch will be published on 7th October.