Dr Eli Goldratt
He is an educator, author, scientist, philosopher and business leader but he is, first and foremost, a thinker who provokes others to think. Often characterized as unconventional, stimulating, and "a slayer of sacred cows" Dr Goldratt exhorts his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a different perspective and new vision. In 2002 Dr Goldratt set up the Goldratt Group, incorporating Goldratt Consulting, Goldratt Schools and Goldratt Marketing with the purpose of making TOC the main way of managing organizations.
Dr. Elliott Jaques
Dr. Elliott Jaques is one of the world's leading psychologists and a pioneer in human development theory, died on March 8th 2003 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Cason, as well as three children and grandchildren.
You can learn more about the work of Henry Mintzberg on his website. He is best known for his innovative thinking about organizations and how enable them to be successful.
The late Professor Stafford Beer bestrode Management as a colossus. In a series of ground breaking books culminating in "Brain of the Firm", reprinted Wiley 1995, and the companion volumes "Heart of Enterprise", reprinted Wiley 1988, and "Diagnosing the System for Organisations", reprinted Wiley 1991, he produced models applicable to the problems of structure, innovation, autonomy, participatory development, accountability and even pain and alerting in organisations. In the neurophysiological Viable System Model (VSM) he applied Homeostasis and Variety to neuroanatomy. Thus he was able to distinguish Identity maintaining Decisions, Development, Operational and Regulatory management. This supported a strict foundation for evolutionary control and founded Management Cybernetics.