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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.

Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Adam Smith Died at 67 (1723-1790) Subject matter: Economics, Capitalism, Free Trade Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure. Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and ...more

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Adrian Slywotzky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Adrian Slywotzky age 66 Adrian J. Slywotzky is an American consultant of Ukrainian origin and the author of several books on economic theory and management.

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

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Died at 89 (1918-2007) Subject matter: Management Alfred DuPont Chandler, Jr. was a professor of business history at Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University, who wrote extensively about the scale and the management structures of ...more

Armand V. Feigenbaum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Armand V. Feigenbaum age 95 Subject matter: Quality Control Armand Vallin Feigenbaum was an American quality control expert and businessman. He devised the concept of Total Quality Control, later known as Total Quality Management.

C. K. Prahalad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
C. K. Prahalad Died at 69 (1941-2010) Subject matter: Core Competency Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan, ...more

Charles Handy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Charles Handy age 85 Charles Handy is an Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock ...more

Chester Barnard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Chester Barnard Died at 75 (1886-1961) Subject matter: Management Chester Irving Barnard was an American business executive, public administrator, and the author of pioneering work in management theory and organizational studies. His landmark 1938 book, The ...more

Chris Argyris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Chris Argyris Died at 90 (1923-2013) Subject matter: Learning Systems Chris Argyris was an American business theorist, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and a Thought Leader at Monitor Group. Argyris is next to Richard Beckhard, Edgar Schein and ...more

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

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

David A. Aaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
David A. Aaker age 79 Subject matter: Marketing Strategy David Allen Aaker is an American organizational theorist, consultant and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, well known marketing expert with ...more

David Ogilvy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
David Ogilvy Died at 88 (1911-1999) Subject matter: Advertising David Mackenzie Ogilvy, CBE, was an advertising executive who was widely hailed as "The Father of Advertising". In 1962, Time called him "the most sought-after wizard in today's

Edith Penrose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Edith Penrose Died at 82 (1914-1996) Subject matter: Theory Of The Growth Of The Firm Edith Elura Tilton Penrose was an American-born British economist whose best known work is The Theory of the Growth of the Firm, which describes the ways which firms grow and how fast they do. ...more

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 Died at 64 (1947-2011) Subject matter: Theory Of Constraints Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt was an Israeli physicist who became a business management guru. He was the originator of the Optimized Production Technique, the Theory of Constraints, the Thinking ...more

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

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

Franco Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Franco Modigliani Died at 85 (1918-2003) Subject matter: Modigliani–miller Theorem and Corporate Finance Franco Modigliani was an Italian economist naturalized American, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT Department of Economics who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics ...more

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

Frederick Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Frederick Herzberg Died at 77 (1923-2000) Subject matter: Two Factor Theory, Motivation Theory, Job Enrichment Frederick Irving Herzberg was an American psychologist who became one of the most influential names in business management. He is most famous for introducing job enrichment and the ...more

Frederick Winslow Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Frederick Winslow Taylor Died at 59 (1856-1915) Subject matter: Scientific Management, Time and Motion Study Frederick Winslow Taylor was an American mechanical engineer who sought to improve industrial efficiency. He was one of the first management consultants. Taylor was one of the intellectual ...more

Gary Hamel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Gary Hamel age 63 Subject matter: Core Competency, Strategic Management Dr. Gary P. Hamel is an American management expert. He is a founder of Strategos, an international management consulting firm based in Chicago.

Genichi Taguchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Genichi Taguchi Died at 88 (1924-2012) Subject matter: Taguchi Methods, Quality Control Genichi Taguchi was an engineer and statistician. From the 1950s onwards, Taguchi developed a methodology for applying statistics to improve the quality of manufactured goods. Taguchi methods ...more

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

George S. Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
George S. Day Subject matter: Marketing

Harry Markowitz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Harry Markowitz age 90 Subject matter: Modern Portfolio Theory Harry Max Markowitz is an American economist, and a recipient of the 1989 John von Neumann Theory Prize and the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Markowitz is a professor of ...more

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

Henry Gantt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Gantt Died at 58 (1861-1919) Subject matter: Gantt Chart Henry Laurence Gantt, A.B., M.E. was an American mechanical engineer and management consultant who is best known for developing the Gantt chart in the 1910s. Gantt charts were employed on major ...more

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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

Henry Mintzberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Mintzberg age 78 Subject matter: Organizational Architecture, Strategic Management Henry Mintzberg, OC OQ FRSC is an internationally renowned academic and author on business and management. He is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty ...more

Henry R. Towne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry R. Towne Died at 80 (1844-1924) Subject matter: Scientific Management Henry Robinson Towne was an American mechanical engineer and businessman, known as early systematizer of management.

Henry Varnum Poor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Henry Varnum Poor Died at 93 (1812-1905) Subject matter: The Principles Of Organization Henry Varnum Poor was a financial analyst and founder of H.V. and H.W. Poor Co, which later evolved into the financial research and analysis bellwether, Standard & Poor's.

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

Hugo Münsterberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Hugo Münsterberg Died at 53 (1863-1916) Subject matter: The Psychology Of Work Hugo Münsterberg was a German-American psychologist. He was one of the pioneers in applied psychology, extending his research and theories to Industrial/Organizational, legal, medical, ...more

Igor Ansoff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Igor Ansoff Died at 84 (1918-2002) Subject matter: Strategic Management H. Igor Ansoff was a Russian American applied mathematician and business manager. He is known as the father of strategic management.

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

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

James C. Collins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
James C. Collins age 59 Subject matter: Vision Statement, Strategic Planning and BHAG James C. "Jim" Collins, III is an American business consultant, author, and lecturer on the subject of company sustainability and growth.

James G. March is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
James G. March age 89 Subject matter: Theory Of The Firm James Gardner March is Jack Steele Parker professor emeritus at Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Education, best known for his research on organizations and organizational ...more

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

Jeffrey Pfeffer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Jeffrey Pfeffer age 71 Subject matter: Organizational Development Jeffrey Pfeffer, is an American business theorist and the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and is considered one of ...more

Joel Stern is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Joel Stern Subject matter: Economic Value Added Joel M. Stern is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stern Value Management, formerly Stern Stewart & Co, and the creator and developer of Economic Value Added. He is a recognized authority ...more

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John Kotter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
John Kotter age 70 Subject matter: Organizational Behaviour and Management Dr. John P. Kotter is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School, a New York Times best-selling author, the chairman of Kotter International, and a ...more

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

Joseph M. Juran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Joseph M. Juran Died at 104 (1904-2008) Subject matter: Quality Control, Especially Quality Circles Joseph Moses Juran was a Romanian-born American engineer and management consultant. He is principally remembered as an evangelist for quality and quality management, having written several ...more

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

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

Kaoru Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Kaoru Ishikawa Died at 74 (1915-1989) Subject matter: Ishikawa Diagram In Industrial Process; Quality Circles Kaoru Ishikawa was a Japanese organizational theorist, Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Tokyo, noted for his quality management innovations. He is considered a key ...more

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