On 25 October 2021, The Case Centre announced their Top 50 Bestselling Case Authors 2020/21. A place in the top 50 is an extraordinary achievement, as over 8,800 faculty are registered as authors with The Case Centre.
Staying top of the tree
The late Debapratim Purkayastha of ICFAI Business School (IBS), who sadly passed away from COVID-19 in May 2021, remains at no. 1 for a sixth successive year.
Selling over 100,000 copies from an extensive back catalogue of cases since the list was introduced in 2015/16, Debapratim’s undoubted impact on the case method and management education will live on for years to come through the many case authors and teachers he has inspired, and the vast number of students whose education has been enhanced by learning through his cases.
Movers and shakers
ESSEC Business School’s Ashok Som is the biggest mover in 2020/21, climbing 26 places to no. 11. Meanwhile, the highest new entries are both from ICFAI Business School. Indu Perepu enters the list at no. 2 and Syeda Maseeha Qumer at no. 3.
As the list increases from 40 to 50, we see a change in the geographic dynamics. European and US schools each have a 42% share of the 2020/21 Top 50, down from 45% in 2019/20. While the representation of schools in Asia rises to 16%, up from 10% last year.
Harvard Business School remains the most successful school with nine authors in the top 50, but ICFAI Business School (IBS) and INSEAD are hot on their heels with seven authors each. Furthermore, ICFAI holds the top three spots for the first time, while INSEAD has four authors in the top 10.
Meet the authors
Visit www.thecasecentre.org/Top50CaseAuthors2021 to 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 (IBS)
2 Indu Perepu, ICFAI Business School (IBS)
3 Syeda Maseeha Qumer, ICFAI Business School (IBS)
4 W Chan Kim, INSEAD (joint)
4 Renée Mauborgne, INSEAD (joint)
6 Joerg Niessing, INSEAD
7 Christopher A Bartlett, Harvard Business School
8 Wolfgang Ulaga, INSEAD
9 David B Yoffie, Harvard Business School
10 Nader Tavassoli, London Business School
11 Ashok Som, ESSEC Business School
12 Jill Avery, Harvard Business School
13 Kamran Kashani, Institute for Management Development (IMD)
14 Youngme Moon, Harvard Business School
15 Kasra Ferdows, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
16 John A Quelch, Miami Business School
17 David Dubois, INSEAD
18 Carlos Cordon, Institute for Management Development (IMD)
19 Michael Lewis, University of Bath School of Management (joint)
19 Jose A D Machuca, Universidad de Sevilla (joint)
21 David J Collis, Harvard Business School
22 Pierre Chandon, INSEAD
23 Mohanbir Sawhney, Kellogg School of Management
24 Robert F Bruner, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
25 Denis Gromb, HEC Paris
26 Urs Mueller, SDA Bocconi School of Management
27 Vivek Gupta, TechSci Research
28 Jamie Anderson, Antwerp Management School
29 Benoit Leleux, Institute for Management Development (IMD)
30 Sanjib Dutta, ICFAI Business School (IBS)
31 Vincent Dessain, Harvard Business School
32 GV Muralidhara, ICFAI Business School (IBS)
33 Jitesh Nair, ICFAI Business School (IBS)
34 Michael J Schill, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
35 Elizabeth Grasby, Ivey Business School
36 Horacio Falcão, INSEAD
37 Robert S Kaplan, Harvard Business School
38 Seán A Meehan, Institute for Management Development (IMD)
39 Herminia Ibarra, London Business School
40 Ian Dunn, Ivey Business School
41 Peter Killing, Institute for Management Development (IMD)
42 Stefan Michel, Institute for Management Development (IMD)
43 Jan W Rivkin, Harvard Business School
44 Inyoung Chae, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
45 Sean D Carr, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
46 James E Hatch, Ivey Business School
47 Thales Teixeira, Decoupling.co
48 Eric Van den Steen, Harvard Business School
49 V Namratha Prasad, ICFAI Business School (IBS)
50 P Fraser Johnson, Ivey Business School
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