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Speaking of contemporary business thinkers, another fine entrepreneur, noted economist, management guru, educator and enterprising personality is Arindham Chaudhuri. He is also an eminent author, an authoritative speaker & a transformational leader. Professor Chaudhuri did his B.A. with Honours in Economics, Honours Diploma in Industrial Engineering, M.A with Honours in Economics, Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management (MBA) and Fellowship of I.I.P.M. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Academic Gold Medal. He joined IIPM on completion of the course, where he is currently the Honorary Dean for the IIPM Centre for Economic Research and Advanced Studies. He was appointed as a member of the Consultative Committee for the Planning Commission of India in 2004. His book Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch fetched him the highest ever advance for a non-fiction work in India and created a new benchmark in India He broke his own record for the highest advance with his last book The Great Indian Dream a compilation of essays on how India can grow at over 10% to create per capita income levels of a developed country by 2025. He was awarded with The Priyadarshini Memorial Award for Excellent contribution to Management from the Priyadarshini Academy, Mumbai, India in 2006 and Example to Youth award from the District Rotaract Council, a part of Rotary International, in 2004. Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri was awarded the Best B-School Teacher (North), at the Best B-Schools Awards organized by the Deccan Herald Group.
Thomas H. Davenport (born 1954) is an American academic and author specializing in business process innovation and knowledge management. Davenport has written, coauthored, or edited several books, including the first books on business process reengineering and achieving value from enterprise systems. He has written more than one hundred articles for such publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. In 2003, Davenport was named one of the world’s 'Top 25 Consultants' by Consulting magazine, and in 2005 was named one of the world’s top three analysts of business and technology by readers of Optimize magazine
Edgar H. Schein (born 1928), a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management has had a notable mark on the field of organizational development in many areas, including career development, group process consultation, and organizational culture. He is generally credited with inventing the term corporate culture. Schein has been a prolific researcher, writer, teacher and consultant. Besides his numerous articles in professional journals he has authored fourteen books. Schein has received many honors and awards for his writing
Vijay Govindarajan, a.k.a 'VG,' is the Earl C Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at Tuck School, and founding director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership. He is also the faculty co-director for Global Leadership 2020, Tuck's executive education program that focuses on global management and is taught on three continents and also the 2008 Professor-in-Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant for General Electric. Prior to joining the faculty at Tuck, VG was on the faculties of Harvard Business School and the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad, India). He has also served as a visiting professor at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), the International University of Japan (Urasa, Japan), and Helsinki School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland). He is considered to be the world's 30th best business brain. A thought Leader on Strategy and Innovation and Author of the International Best Seller “Ten Rules For Strategic Innovators”, which is one of the biggest business books of 2006. Vijay Govindarajan is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He has been named to a series of list by influential publications, including Outstanding Faculty in Business Week’s annual Guide to Best B-Schools Top Five Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy by Forbes Top Ten Professor in Corporate Executive Education by Business Week to name a few.
Charles Handy (born 1932) is an Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock Organization". He has been rated among the Thinkers 50, the most influential living management thinkers. In 2001 he was second on this list, behind Peter Drucker, and in 2005 he was tenth. Handy's business career started in marketing at Shell International. He was a co-founder of the London Business School in 1967 and left Shell to teach there in 1972. When the Harvard Business Review had a special issue to mark their 50th Anniversary they asked Handy, Peter Drucker and Henry Mintzberg to write special articles
Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 1950) is an English industrialist, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Branson's first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student.[1] He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007. With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s -- as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label
Chris Argyris (born 1923) is an American business theorist, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and a Thought Leader at Monitor Group. He is commonly known for seminal work in the area of "Learning Organizations". Argyris has made a significant contribution to the development of our appreciation of organizational learning, and, almost in passing, deepened our understanding of experiential learning
Ronald Harry Coase (born 1910) is a British economist and the Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991. Coase is best known for two articles in particular: "The Nature of the Firm" (1937), and "The Problem of Social Cost" (1960). Coase is also often referred to as the "father" of reform in the policy for allocation of the electromagnetic spectrum, based on his article "The Federal Communications Commission" (1959). Additionally, Coase's transaction costs approach is currently influential in modern organizational theory, where it was reintroduced by Oliver E. Williamson
Warren Gamaliel Bennis (born 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership Studies. He is one of the nation's foremost authorities on organizational development, leadership and change. Bennis has been ranked as one of the top 30 Leadership professionals in the international Leadership Gurus survey for 2008. The Wall Street Journal named him as one of the top ten most sought speakers on management in 1993. The Financial Times referred to Bennis in 2000 as “the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field.” In 2007, Business Week ranked Bennis as one of the top ten thought leaders in business
Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909–2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described “social ecologist.” Widely considered to be "the father of modern management,” his 39 books and countless scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across all sectors of society—in business, government and the nonprofit world. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century. In 1959, Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker" and later in his life considered knowledge work productivity to be the next frontier of management.