Friday, 13 January 2017

A list of management theories

My students, when doing their capstone research projects, need a management theory to relate their findings to. Sometimes it is hard for them to find an appropriate theory. 

So I went looking for a list of management theories. I thought that this would be a relatively easy thing to find.

However, it proved to be a bit like rocking horse excrement. A mythical beast.

So I created one myself. 

I have decided to relate all theories relating to the business environment that I encountered  to a business sub-category. While many of them are grounded in career practice or psychology, they have been assigned a business category.

The categories are:
  • Buyer Behaviour
  • Change Management
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Financial Management
  • Governance
  • HR
  • Innovation
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Learning Management
  • Management
  • OB (Org. Behaviour)
  • Organisational Design
  • Research 
  • Strategic Management
I included in my list - as best as I can determine - the theory's title, the creator's names, the creation date, all with an assigned category.

The list of over three hundred theories can be accessed and downloaded from here

I would welcome feedback on additions, corrections and comments! 



  1. Thanks Mr Young for this Management Theories compilation,it's helpful.

    Thanks and Regards
    Gaurav Jain
    Participant- Doctoral Program (Industry) IIM-Indore

  2. Thanks Guarav: much appreciated!