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Useful Research by Ed Lawler, Susan Albers Mohrman

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FIFTEENPopular and Influential Management Books

GEORGE S. BENSON*

A QUICK TRIP through any bookstore shows that the public’s interest in reading business books might only be exceeded by the willingness of gurus, academics, and executives to write them. Amazon currently sells more than 250,000 books categorized as “Management and Leadership.” Simply based on sales, a number of these books appear to have captured the attention of managers in the United States and around the world. There are also numerous examples of books without seven-figure sales whose ideas have helped shape business practice. This chapter investigates whether popular and influential management books are written by university-based researchers and addresses the prospect of translating ...

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