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Management Thinkers

These articles summarise the career and thinking of the most important and influential writers on management, placing their work in context and giving suggestions for further reading. We work with the Chartered Management Institute to update and write new articles in this series. Suggestions are welcome, email

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Elton Mayo

Professor George Elton Mayo (1880-1949) has secured fame as the leader in a series of experiments which became one of the great turning-points in management thinking.

A Drucker miscellany

This self-published book is the third in a series of three publications about Peter Drucker’s key ideas and contributions to management theory.

Kurt Lewin: Change Management and Group Dynamics Thinker

Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) was a social psychologist whose extensive work covered studies of leadership styles and their effects, work on group decision-making, the development of force field theory, the unfreeze/change/refreeze change management model, the 'action research' approach to research, and the group dynamics approach to training, especially in the form of T-Groups.

Charlene Li: Social Media and Technologies Thinker

Charlene Li is a thought leader on the use of social media and emerging technologies.

Joseph M Juran: Quality Management Thinker

Dr Joseph M Juran (1904-2008) was a charismatic figure, acknowledged worldwide for his extensive contribution to quality management.

Philip Crosby: Zero Defects Thinker

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

W Edwards Deming: Total Quality Management Thinker

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

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