Non-Fiction Famous Business Writers & Theorists  

Walter Graves
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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
Dec. 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 Slywotzky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
age 68
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
Subject matter: Strategic Planning, SWOT Analysis

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Dec. 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
age 97
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
Dec. 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
age 87
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Subject matter: Strategic Management and Strategy Dynamics

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

David A. Aaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
age 81
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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. Goldratt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Dec. 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
Subject matter: Theory Of The Firm

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

Franco Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Dec. at 85 (1918-2003)
Subject matter: ModiglianiĀ–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
Subject matter: Time and Motion Study

Frederick Herzberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Business Writers & Theorists
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 65
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
Dec. 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
Subject matter: Job Satisfaction and Hawthorne Effect