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

Adair's ideas remain popular because they are practical and relevant to managers irrespective of working ...

Chris Argyris

Chris Argyris is an academic and author famous for his theory of single and double-loop learning and his work on ...

Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnagey (he later changed his name to Carnegie) came from a poor, farming background in Missouri and had to ...

Robert Cialdini

Professor Robert Cialdini is a celebrated social psychologist who has undertaken extneisve research on the ...

Stephen R. Covey

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

Philip Crosby

Philip Crosby (1926-2001) was an influential author, consultant and philosopher who developed practical concepts to ...

W Edwards Deming

William Edwards Deming (1900-1993) is widely acknowledged as the leading management thinker in the field of quality.

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker (1909–2005) was accepted by managers and writers worldwide as the founder of modern management ...

Frederick Herzberg

Frederick Herzberg was a psychologist and management thinker best known for his 'hygiene-motivation' theory, first ...

Geert Hofstede

Geert Hofstede is a Dutch academic best known for his work on national and organisational cultures.

Kurt Lewin

Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) was a social psychologist whose extensive work covered studies of leadership styles and their ...

Charlene Li

Charlene Li was immersed in the internet from its early days of use as a business tool. Following her attainment of ...

Elton Mayo

Professor George Elton Mayo (1880-1949) has secured fame as the leader in a series of experiments known as the ...

Albert Mehrabian

Albert Mehrabian is a psychologist and management thinker famous for his work on the importance of nonverbal ...

Robert Owen

Robert Owen (1771-1858) was an early industrialist best known for his model textile factory in New Lanark, Scotland.

Claude Shannon

Shannon understood signal processing and its relationship to data storage, compression and transmission. Crucially, ...

Genichi Taguchi

Taguchi is famous for his pioneering methods of modern quality control and low-cost quality engineering. He is the ...

Frederick Winslow Taylor

F W Taylor was an author and management thinker whose book The Principles of Scientific Management, published in ...