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A list of famous business writers and theorists who have written important books about the world of business. All types of business writers and theorists have been listed, including those who have written about marketing, productivity, management, operations, and quality control.

With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. Such devices make it as convenient as ever for businessmen to catch up on their reading. This list of famous business writers and business theorists is intended to help long-time readers, as well as newcomers, to discover (and rediscover) some of the best business writers of all time, from celebrity business writers to business theorists to management authors.

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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Lectures on Jurisprudence - Subject matter: Economics, Capitalism, Free Trade

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Adrian Slywotzky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Adrian Slywotzky How Digital Is Your Business?, Profit patterns, La zona de beneficios/ The Profit Zone

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Albert S Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Albert S Humphrey Subject matter: Strategic Planning, SWOT Analysis

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Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, Nation Transformed by Information, Express trusts under the common law - Subject matter: Management

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Armand V. Feigenbaum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Armand V. Feigenbaum Total quality control, The power of management capital - Subject matter: Quality Control

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C. K. Prahalad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
C. K. Prahalad The New Age of Innovation, The multinational mission, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid - Subject matter: Core Competency

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Charles Handy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Charles Handy Beyond Certainty, Myself and Other More Important Matters, The age of unreason

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Chester Barnard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Chester Barnard Organization and management, selected papers, The functions of the executive - Subject matter: Management

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Chris Argyris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Chris Argyris Organization of a bank, An introduction to field theory and interaction theory, Reasons and Rationalizations - Subject matter: Learning Systems

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Constantinos Markides is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Constantinos Markides Subject matter: Strategic Management and Strategy Dynamics

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Daniel McCallum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Daniel McCallum Subject matter: Organizational Charts

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David A. Aaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
David A. Aaker Consumerism, Brand Portfolio Strategy: Creating Relevance^! Differentiation^! Energy^! Leverage^! and Clarity, Investigacion de Mercados - 3 Edicion - Subject matter: Marketing Strategy

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David Ogilvy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
David Ogilvy Confessions of an Advertising Man - Subject matter: Advertising

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Edith Penrose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Edith Penrose Food control in Great Britain, The international oil industry in the Middle East, The growth of firms - Subject matter: Theory Of The Growth Of The Firm

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Eli Whitney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Eli Whitney Subject matter: Interchangeable Parts, Cost Accounting

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Eliyahu M. Goldratt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Eliyahu M. Goldratt The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Cadena Critica, The Haystack Syndrome - Subject matter: Theory Of Constraints

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Erich Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Erich Gutenberg Subject matter: Theory Of The Firm

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Eugen Schmalenbach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Eugen Schmalenbach Subject matter: Economic Value Added

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Franco Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Franco Modigliani Rethinking pension reform, The Collected Papers of Franco Modigliani, Vol. 4: Monetary Theory and Stabilization Policies - Subject matter: Modigliani–miller Theorem and Corporate Finance

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Frank Gilbreth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Frank Gilbreth Subject matter: Time and Motion Study

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Frederick Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Frederick Herzberg Work and the nature of man, The motivation to work, Job attitudes - Subject matter: Two Factor Theory, Motivation Theory, Job Enrichment

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Frederick Winslow Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Frederick Winslow Taylor Shop Management, Principios de administración científica, On the art of cutting metals - Subject matter: Scientific Management, Time and Motion Study

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Gary Hamel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Gary Hamel Liderando la Revolucion / Leading the Revolution, Compitiendo Por El Futuro, Competing for the future - Subject matter: Core Competency, Strategic Management

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Genichi Taguchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Genichi Taguchi Kikakuchi no kimekata, Taguchi on Robust Technology Development, The mahalanobis-taguchi strategy - Subject matter: Taguchi Methods, Quality Control

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George Elton Mayo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
George Elton Mayo Subject matter: Job Satisfaction and Hawthorne Effect

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George S. Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
George S. Day Strategic market analysis, La Organizacion Que Actua En Funcion del Mercado, Buyer attitudes and brand choice behavior - Subject matter: Marketing

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Harry Markowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Harry Markowitz Simscript: a simulation programming language, The utility of wealth - Subject matter: Modern Portfolio Theory

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Henri Fayol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henri Fayol Subject matter: Management

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Henry Gantt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Gantt Organizing for work - Subject matter: Gantt Chart

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Henry Metcalfe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Metcalfe Subject matter: The Science Of Administration

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Henry Mintzberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Mintzberg Canadian condition, Safari a LA Estrategia, Impediments to the use of management information - Subject matter: Organizational Architecture, Strategic Management

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Henry R. Towne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry R. Towne A treatise on cranes - Subject matter: Scientific Management

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Henry Varnum Poor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Varnum Poor History of Railroads and Canals in the United States, Money and its laws, History of the railroads and canals of the United States - Subject matter: The Principles Of Organization

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Herbert A. Simon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Herbert A. Simon Subject matter: Satisficing Nobel Prize

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Hugo Münsterberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Hugo Münsterberg The Eternal Values, Psychology and industrial efficiency, The Photoplay - Subject matter: The Psychology Of Work

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Igor Ansoff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Igor Ansoff The new corporate strategy, Corporate Strategy, Implanting strategic management - Subject matter: Strategic Management

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J. K. Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
J. K. Galbraith Subject matter: The New Industrial State

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James A. Champy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
James A. Champy Subject matter: Business Process Reengineering

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James C. Collins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
James C. Collins Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't, Great by Choice, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies - Subject matter: Vision Statement, Strategic Planning and BHAG

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James G. March is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
James G. March Behavioral theory of the firm, Organizations, Footnotes to organizational change - Subject matter: Theory Of The Firm

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James Watt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
James Watt Eliminating Careless Error, Contesting the Gothic - Subject matter: Industrial Revolution, Division Of Labour, Standard Operating Procedures, Cost Control

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Jeffrey Pfeffer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Jeffrey Pfeffer The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action, EL FIN DE LA SUPERSTICION EN EL MANAGEMENT, Organizational design - Subject matter: Organizational Development

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Joel Stern is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Joel Stern Subject matter: Economic Value Added

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John Kotter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
John Kotter Leading Change: An Action Plan from the World's Foremost Expert on Business Leadership, Power in Management - Subject matter: Organizational Behaviour and Management

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John Lintner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
John Lintner Subject matter: Capital Asset Pricing Model

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Joseph M. Juran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Joseph M. Juran Quality-control handbook, Case studies in industrial management, Bureaucracy - Subject matter: Quality Control, Especially Quality Circles

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Joseph Wharton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Joseph Wharton Subject matter: Protective Tariffs, Business Cycles, Wharton School Of Business

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Juan Antonio Pérez López is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Juan Antonio Pérez López Subject matter: Negative Learning

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Kaoru Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Kaoru Ishikawa What Is Total Quality Control?, Nation Building and Develoment Assistance in Africa, Que Es El Control Total de Calidad? Edicion - Subject matter: Ishikawa Diagram In Industrial Process; Quality Circles

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Karol Adamiecki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Karol Adamiecki Subject matter: Management