Management thinkers

Articles which explore the life and works of influential management thinkers, placing their work in context and giving suggestions for further reading

John Adair

Action-centred leadership thinker Contributions: Management and leadership, People management Adair's ideas remain popular because they are practical and relevant to managers irrespective of working ...

Chris Argyris

The manager's academic Contributions: Change management, Management and leadership Chris Argyris is an academic and author famous for his theory of single and double-loop learning and his work on ...

Dale Carnegie

How to win friends and influence people thinker Contribution: People management Dale Carnagey (he later changed his name to Carnegie) came from a poor, farming background in Missouri and had to ...

Robert Cialdini

Influence and persuasion thinker Contribution: Management and leadership Professor Robert Cialdini is a celebrated social psychologist who has undertaken extneisve research on the ...

Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Thinker Contributions: Management and leadership, People management Stephen Covey is a management thinker and author whose book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, published ...

Philip Crosby

Zero defects thinker Contribution: Management and leadership Philip Crosby (1926-2001) was an influential author, consultant and philosopher who developed practical concepts to ...

W Edwards Deming

Total Quality Management Thinker Contributions: Management and leadership, Innovation William Edwards Deming (1900-1993) is widely acknowledged as the leading management thinker in the field of quality.

Peter Drucker

Father of Post-War Management Thinking Contributions: Management and leadership, Change management Peter Drucker (1909–2005) was accepted by managers and writers worldwide as the founder of modern management ...

Frederick Herzberg

The Hygiene Motivation Theory Thinker Contributions: People management, Management and leadership Frederick Herzberg was a psychologist and management thinker best known for his 'hygiene-motivation' theory, first ...

Geert Hofstede

Cultural Diversity Thinker Contributions: Management and leadership, People management Geert Hofstede is a Dutch academic best known for his work on national and organisational cultures.

Kurt Lewin

Change Management and Group Dynamics Thinker Contributions: Change management, People management Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) was a social psychologist whose extensive work covered studies of leadership styles and their ...

Charlene Li

Social Media and Technologies Thinker Contributions: Marketing, Innovation Charlene Li was immersed in the internet from its early days of use as a business tool. Following her attainment of ...

Elton Mayo

The Hawthorne Experiments Thinker Contributions: People management, Management and leadership Professor George Elton Mayo (1880-1949) has secured fame as the leader in a series of experiments known as the ...

Albert Mehrabian

Nonverbal Communication Thinker Contribution: People management Albert Mehrabian is a psychologist and management thinker famous for his work on the importance of nonverbal ...

Robert Owen

Pioneer of personnel management Contribution: People management Robert Owen (1771-1858) was an early industrialist best known for his model textile factory in New Lanark, Scotland.

Claude Shannon

Information theory thinker Contribution: Management and leadership Shannon understood signal processing and its relationship to data storage, compression and transmission. Crucially, ...

Genichi Taguchi

Quality Engineering Thinker Contributions: Management and leadership, Innovation Taguchi is famous for his pioneering methods of modern quality control and low-cost quality engineering. He is the ...

Frederick Winslow Taylor

Father of Scientific Management Thinker Contributions: Management and leadership, People management F W Taylor was an author and management thinker whose book The Principles of Scientific Management, published in ...