An Examination of Differences between the Most Influential Management Books of the 20th Century and Amazon Best Sellers

International Journal of Business Research and Information Technology, Volume 3, Issues 1, pages 35-78, Winter 2016

44 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017

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Reginald Bell

Prairie View A&M University

Deborah Roebuck

Kennesaw State University

Anagha Srinath

Score Recruiting Solutions, LLC

Mohammed Hussein

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business

Marianna Sviland

Prairie View A&M University

Date Written: December 16, 2016

Abstract

This study tested empirically the efficacy of Bedeian and Wren’s (2001) list of the 25 most influential management books of the 20th century. Google Scholar was used to collect the data, and the 25 most influential books, as cited in Bedeian and Wren (2001), were predicted to have a significantly larger number of Google documents citations than the 25 other popular management books, most on the Amazon Best seller list, used as a comparison group. The main effect was significant for the 25 most influential management books of the 20th century (p< .05) when the mean for this group was compared to the mean of Amazon Best Sellers, most listed as best sellers on Amazon. There was, however, no interaction effect when the two groups of books were compared across two-quarter centuries, at p> .05. The book, Organizations (1958), by James G. March and Herbert A. Simon (with the assistance of Harold Guetzkow) was the most influential management book, in terms of articles found on Google Scholar, who referenced that book from 1963-2012.

Keywords: Great Books; Influence; Management Theory; Google Scholar

JEL Classification: A00

Suggested Citation

Bell, Reginald and Roebuck, Deborah and Srinath, Anagha and Hussein, Mohammed and Sviland, Marianna, An Examination of Differences between the Most Influential Management Books of the 20th Century and Amazon Best Sellers (December 16, 2016). International Journal of Business Research and Information Technology, Volume 3, Issues 1, pages 35-78, Winter 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942289

Reginald Bell (Contact Author)

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Deborah Roebuck

Kennesaw State University ( email )

1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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Anagha Srinath

Score Recruiting Solutions, LLC

5425 Peachtree Pkwy
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United States

Mohammed Hussein

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business ( email )

Prairie View, TX
United States

Marianna Sviland

Prairie View A&M University ( email )

PO Box 188
Prairie View, TX 77446-0188
United States

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