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 SmithDied 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
Adrian Slywotzkyage 67 Adrian J. Slywotzky is an American consultant of Ukrainian origin and the author of several books on economic theory and management.
Albert S Humphrey Subject matter: Strategic Planning, SWOT Analysis
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. Feigenbaumage 96 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. PrahaladDied 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 Handyage 86 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 BarnardDied 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 ArgyrisDied 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 Subject matter: Strategic Management and Strategy Dynamics
Daniel McCallum Subject matter: Organizational Charts
David A. Aakerage 80 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 OgilvyDied 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 PenroseDied 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
Eliyahu M. GoldrattDied 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 Subject matter: Theory Of The Firm
Eugen Schmalenbach Subject matter: Economic Value Added
Franco ModiglianiDied at 85 (1918-2003) Subject matter: Modiglianimiller 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 Subject matter: Time and Motion Study
Frederick HerzbergDied 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 TaylorDied 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 Hamelage 64 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 TaguchiDied 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 Subject matter: Job Satisfaction and Hawthorne Effect
George S. Day Subject matter: Marketing
Harry Markowitzage 91 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
Henry GanttDied 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
Henry Mintzbergage 79 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. TowneDied 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 PoorDied 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 Subject matter: Satisficing Nobel Prize
Hugo MünsterbergDied 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 AnsoffDied 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 Subject matter: The New Industrial State
James C. Collinsage 60 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. Marchage 90 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 Subject matter: Industrial Revolution, Division Of Labour, Standard Operating Procedures, Cost Control
Jeffrey Pfefferage 72 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 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
John Kotterage 71 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 Subject matter: Capital Asset Pricing Model
Joseph M. JuranDied 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 Subject matter: Protective Tariffs, Business Cycles, Wharton School Of Business
Juan Antonio Pérez López Subject matter: Negative Learning
Kaoru IshikawaDied 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