Revealed: The Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2019/20

The Case Centre announces its list of bestselling case authors for the 2019/20 academic year.

This year has been like no other, as faculty and schools grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, talented authors continue to shine as their cases are taught online and in-person around the world.

Who’s trending?

This year’s authors represent 18 schools, from 10 countries, across 3 continents.

ICFAI Business School’s Debapratim Purkayastha is no. 1 for the fifth consecutive year.

Debapratim Purkayastha

Of Professor Purkayastha’s success, Richard McCracken, The Case Centre’s Director, said:

“The Case Centre’s annual list of Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors recognises the best and most impactful case authors from business schools around the world. To feature in the list is a considerable achievement. Consider, then, the achievement of Professor Debapratim Purkayastha who tops the list for the fifth consecutive year. Professor Purkayastha deserves huge congratulations for his continuing success, and continuing enthusiasm for adopting innovative approaches to case writing.”

Alongside the well-known case writers, there are seven new entries, with INSEAD’s Joerg Niessing the highest at no. 16. Meanwhile, Peter Killing from the Institute of Management Development (IMD) jumps 20 places – from no. 38 to 18.

The most successful school in 2019/20 was Harvard Business School, with 12 of their faculty in the top 40.

See all the trends in an infographic.

Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2019/20: Infographic

Meet the bestselling authors

Browse the full list of bestselling authors, discover their cases and learn why they believe in the enduring importance of case writing and teaching as a fundamental cornerstone of business education.

1    Debapratim Purkayastha, ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad

2    Robert L Simons, Harvard Business School

3    Vivek Gupta, TechSci Research

4    Christopher A Bartlett, Harvard Business School

5    David B Yoffie, Harvard Business School

6 (j) W Chan Kim, INSEAD

6 (j) Renée Mauborgne, INSEAD

8    Pierre Chandon, INSEAD

9    Kamran Kashani, Institute for Management Development (IMD)

10  Wolfgang Ulaga, INSEAD

11  Benjamin Esty, Harvard Business School

12  Youngme Moon, Harvard Business School

13  Jill Avery, Harvard Business School

14  John A Quelch, Miami Business School

15  Elizabeth Grasby, Ivey Business School

16  Joerg Niessing, INSEAD

17  David J Collis, Harvard Business School

18  Peter Killing, Institute for Management Development (IMD)

19  Ian Dunn, Ivey Business School

20  Nader Tavassoli, London Business School

21  Robert F Bruner, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

22  Jamie Anderson, Antwerp Management School

23  Kasra Ferdows, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

24 (j) Michael Lewis, University of Bath School of Management

24 (j) Jose A.D. Machuca, Universidad de Sevilla

26  Elie Ofek, Harvard Business School

27  Thales Teixeira,

28  Herminia Ibarra, London Business School

29  Robert S Kaplan, Harvard Business School

30  Nirmalya Kumar, Singapore Management University

31  D Satish, ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad

32  David Dubois, INSEAD

33  Urs Mueller, SDA Bocconi School of Management

34  Benoit Leleux, Institute for Management Development (IMD)

35  Jan W Rivkin, Harvard Business School

36  Eric Van den Steen, Harvard Business School

37  Ashok Som, ESSEC Business School

38  Dominique Turpin, Institute for Management Development (IMD)

39  Antonio Dávila, IESE Business School

40  Vincent Dessain, Harvard Business School

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