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Information and links to resources about the most sought after business gurus and management experts. They were identified in a study initially published in May 2002 by Accenture, the international firm of consultants. Accenture defined them as business intellectuals but they are probably better known as management gurus or business experts. They are thought leaders, providing the latest and best business thinking. Each enjoys "guru" status.
1. Michael E. Porter
2. Tom Peters
3. Robert Reich
4. Peter Drucker
5. Peter Senge
6. Gary S. Becker
7. Gary Hamel
8. Alvin Toffler
9. Hal Varian
10. Daniel Goleman
11. Rosabeth Moss Kanter
12. Ronald Coase
13. Lester Thurow
14. Charles Handy
15. Henry Mintzberg
16. Michael Hammer
17. Stephen Covey
18. Warren Bennis
19. Bill Gates
20. Jeffrey Pfeffer
21. Philip Kotler
22. Robert C. Merton
23. C. K. Prahalad
24. Thomas H. Davenport
25. Don Tapscott
26. John Seely Brown
27. George Gilder
28. Kevin Kelly
29. Chris Argyris
30. Robert Kaplan
31. Esther Dyson
32. Edward de Bono
33. Jack Welch
34. John Kotter
35. Ken Blanchard
36. Edward Tufte
37. Kenichi Ohmae
38. Alfred Chandler
39. James MacGregor Burns
40. Sumantra Ghoshal
41. Edgar Schein
42. Myron S. Scholes
43. James March
44. Richard Branson
45. Anthony Robbins
46. Clay(ton) Christensen
47. Michael Dell
48. John Naisbitt
49. David Teece
50. Don Peppers
The Top 50 list published in May 2002 has been revised in January 2003. Numbers' 49 and 50, David Teece and Don Peppers, have dropped off the list. Paul Romerhas been inserted as no. 15 and Malcolm Gladwell as no.27. Both are listed below. However, the initial list order is still displayed. There has been a slight change in the order of gurus, but only by one or two places.
There are many management experts or gurus providing thought leadership. In May 2002, the Institute for Strategic Change at Accenture undertook an extensive survey to determine the top 50 business intellectuals.
The web provides a wide range of information and resources about these successful individuals and their business thinking. Their contribution to management theory and practice, and/or, their contribution to the international business world, is acknowledged by their selection. Many of the experts provide excellent guidance in human resources (HR) strategy and organisation development. All hold "guru" status in their field of expertise. Many are authors of management books and other resources.
The list is:
- Harvard Business School professor and strategy expert.
- author of Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and CompetitorsPersonal Site Google Name Search
- management consultant and author of In Search of Excellence.Personal Site Google Name Search
- former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, a social and economic policy professor at Brandeis University, author of several books, including The Future of Success , and Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.Personal Site Google Name Search
- business philosopher and consultant for over 50 years.Personal Site Google Name Search
- MIT professor and author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization .Information and Resources (1) Google Name Search
- 1992 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on human capital, and an Economics and Sociology professor at the University of Chicago.Personal Site Google Name Search
- Chairman of consulting firm Strategos, and author of Leading the Revolution .Personal Site Google Name Search
- author of Future Shock and The Third WavePersonal Site Google Name Search
- Dean of the School of Information Management & Systems at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network EconomyPersonal Site Google Name Search
- journalist and author of the best seller Emotional Intelligence.Personal Site Google Name Search Swinburne Research (Melbourne, Australia)
- a professor at Harvard university
- former editor of the Harvard Business Review
- expert on organizational change.Personal Site Information and Recent Articles Google Name Search
- received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1991 for his discovery and clarification of the significance of transaction costs and property rights for the institutional structure and functioning of the economy.
- currently Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School.Personal Site Google Name Search
- professor of economics and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been the Dean of the Sloan School of Business at MIT.Personal Site Google Name Search
The next group of management gurus are next.
- promoted the "new growth theory" and the "law of increasing returns".Google Name Search
- author of The Tipping PointGoogle Name Search
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