Hall Of Fame - The Most Respected Management Gurus
IIM Management Society recognizes and honors the
world's top management gurus and most influential management thinkers.
A team of IIM researchers
conducted this study. Researchers' criteria for accepting
nominations included the importance of nominee's work, media coverage,
recognition within the consulting, academia and international management
community. The published list of names contains
the elites of the management
profession, the managers who impacted the way we think about and do business.
Their strategies and work lessons empowers the current and future generation of executives. In
our opinion, every
government leader and CEO needs to know about these gurus and learn from
list is provided in alphabetical order (by first name). It does not give
a quantitative ranking of the nominees.
The following is a list of
the world's most notable management gurus and their most important works:
Maslow - Humanistic Approach to Management
- Adam Smith
- Political Economy and Enlightened Self-Interest
Morita - Sony Inc. - Innovation
Saud, Al Waleed Bin Talal - Prince of International
Sloan - General
Motors & The Executive Organization
Toffler - The Futurologist
Carnegie - King of U.S. Steel
Grove - Intel - The Brain
Rock - Venture Capital
& The Silicon Valley
- Bill Gates
- Microsoft Founder - The Greatest Entrepreneur of All Times
Carnegie - How to
Win Friends and Influence People
Emotional Intelligence (EI)
Sarnoff - RCA - A Media
Theory X and Theory Y - Managing & Leading People
Toyoda - Toyota! A
Global Engineering Success
Woolworth - Price-Driven
Retail Chain Pioneer
Father of Scientific Management
Hofstede - Cultural
Diversity for International Management
Eastman - Eastman Kodak
- The Portable Camera
Soros - The Super-guru of International Investment
Fayol - Father of Administrative
- Henry Ford
- Ford Motors - A Pioneering Automobile "Enterprise
Gantt - The Gantt Chart &
- Henry Luce
- Time, Fortune, Life & Sports Illustrated Magazines
Father of Corporate Strategy
Nonaka - The Knowledge-creating Company.
Kamprad - Global King Of Furniture
Bezos - Amazon.com - Pioneering
Rockefeller - Father of US Oil Industry
Juran - Quality
- J. P.
Morgan - A
- Konosuke Matsushita - Japan
Iacocca - Chrysler
Stewart - Multi-billion
Dollar Life Style!
Dell - Dell Computers - Youngest
CEO of a Fortune 500 Ever
Porter - Father of
Modern Management Guru
- Ray Kroc
- McDonald's - The Global Fast Food Business Model
- Action Learning
Murdoch - A Global Media Emperor
Walton - Wal-Mart A
Adams - Management Worst Practices!
Honda - Honda - The
Fastest Motorcycle In The World
Vail - AT&T - A
Edison - General
Electric GE - The Business of Invention
Watson - IBM -
International Business Machines
Bollore - Most Successful Corporate Raider
Disney - Disney World - Every
Buffet - The Oracle of
Notes on the list:
- According to Mr. Med Jones, Editor-in-Chief, no "elite" list is all
are many management gurus who do not have equal media or research exposure. The nomination for A List is open worldwide.
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Methodology & Ranking Criteria
methodology provides the ability to validate nominations and allows
insights into the nominees' critical success factors.
Public stakeholders can nominate
their most respected companies and their leaders.
Voters are then asked to give the reasons for their nominations, thus
providing valuable insight into what key factors drive the success of
these nominees. Questions are presented in free-form
and open-ended formats.
Further research is conducted to validate the
entries using sales figures, business/investment analysts ratings, competitive benchmarking and
market impact as expressed in the global media.
After verification and acceptance of the nomination,
the input is then statistically analyzed taking into consideration the
geographic region, the relationship with the company, the number of votes, the
listed reasons and the order in which they are listed.
When two or more companies score
equally on overall ratings (reach a tie) IIM editors refer to the
number of votes.
In a nutshell, the public nominates, IIM editors validate the
nominations, and the number votes determines the respectability and
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