World’s 50 Best Business School Professors



Professor School Expertise If Not A Teacher?
Jennifer Aaker Stanford Marketing Oncologist
Sridhar Balasubramanian UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Marketing Pulp Fiction Writer
Shiomo Benartzi UCLA (Anderson) Finance House Designer
Utpal Bhattacharya Indiana (Kelley) Finance Indie Movie Director
Candida Brush Babson College Entrepreneurship Pro Golfer
Raymond Burke Indiana (Kelley) Marketing Open A Retail Store
Charles Calomiris Columbia Finance Musician
Jennifer Chapman Berkeley (Haas) Management Biologist
Bhagwan Chowdhry UCLA (Anderson) Finance Conversationalist
Clayton Christensen Harvard Innovation Doing It
Aswath Damodaran New York (Stern) Finance Yankee Shortstop
Thomas Davenport Babson College Management VC
Antonio Davila IESE Entrepreneurship Journalist
Daniel Diermeier Northwestern (Kellogg) Management Film Director
Greg Fairchild Virginia (Darden) Entrepreneurship Chef
Scott Galloway New York (Stern) Marketing Self-Help Guru
Adam Galinsky Columbia Business School Management Political Advisor
Gonzalo Garland IE Business School Economics Airline Pilot
Pankaj Ghemawat IESE Management Writer
Austan Goolsbee Chicago (Booth) Economics Voice Over For Car Commercials
Vijay Govindarajan Dartmouth (Tuck) Innovation Doing It
Lynda Gratton London Management Writer
Andrew Hoffman Michigan (Ross) Management Building Houses
Dwight Jaffee Berkeley (Haas) Finance Doing It
Simon Johnson MIT (Sloan) Economics Mountain Rescue


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  • AugustineThomas

    I have to point out that everyone who is badmouthing the list seems to just be upset that their favorites didn’t make it..

  • AugustineThomas

    Quit being such a modern brat. Just because your favorite isn’t on there doesn’t mean the list is worthless.

  • AugustineThomas

    Nobel prize recipients are often mediocre at best and are just as likely to be more pleasing to the judges than important to the world.

  • AugustineThomas

    Europe is free to stop committing population and cultural suicide and start contributing to the world again in its own right whenever it wants to.. (If nothing else, it would be great for it to stop enticing America down the cultural toilet!)

  • Giraffe

    Why only the best at top recognized B schools? Why not the various smaller liberal arts or even some state schools have fantastic professors. I am tired of the biased stories that keep perpetuating the false myth that keep favoring the perceived same top schools when in reality there are many schools that produce great results and even very good research.

  • Melanie G

    Thanks for this. I was looking into this program and this has made me reevaluate the issue.

  • Misty Johnson
    UCLA NUS Executive MBA Program Jochen Wirtz Academic Director Abusive Egomaniac Overpaid Fraud

  • CatoDevil

    At Fuqua – John Graham and Doug Breeden are excellent as well and should be on the list.

  • Jeff

    FYI, Ron Wilcox is a part of Darden’s Marketing department, not Finance. Also, VERY surprised Ed Freeman, one of the founders of stakeholder theory, is not included on this list.

  • Jochen Wirtz, Head of NUS UCLA EMBA is the most self-absorbed and egotistical person on the face of the earth.

  • Daniel


    There are Nobel prizes at Booth that are really good professors, at par or even better than professors like Goolsbee. However, Goolsbee appears a lot in the media.
    Rajan, great professor, is also in media all the time. He has done some research too, but cannot compare with that of Murphy, Becker, Fogel, and others.

  • Gotta agree with some of the comments here. This list seems like a trailing indicator (who were the best professors of the past 20 years) as opposed to who are the best professors right now.

    For my money, the best professors at Wharton (at least for innovation and entrepreneurship) are Karl Ulrich, David Wessels, Pete Fader, and Kartik Hosanagar. Alex Edmans (Finance), Peggy Bishop Lane (Accounting), and Nicolaj Siggelkow (Strategy) are also professors doing a great job teaching in the core. All of these professors are actively producing academic work and helping build great companies for the future…

  • NZ

    No Gary Hamel? No Phanish Puranam? No Andrew Scott? No Richard Portes? mmmm…..

  • JohnAByrne


    The list isn’t of the best business school teachers, but the best professors overall. So we sought to find professors who were at the top of their game in both teaching and scholarly research. That’s why student evaluations of teaching won’t fully capture what we were aiming for in this story.

  • WSoxFan77

    Booth EMBA here and have to agree with you. In my opinion, Steven Kaplan is the best professor at Booth, a school renowned for finance. This list is made of people who are popular / known in the media. Although, there are some names like Damodaran, Porter, Christensen, etc. that are universally acknowledged as some of the best professors in the country.

  • Daniel

    This list has little credibility. I’m a Booth second year student, and although Goolsbee and Rajan are really good professors, there are at least 8 other professors than are ranked above them in the professors evaluations that students have to fill after every class, such as Schrager, Kaplan, Deutsch, Murphy, Hurst, etc.

  • 80%Poet20%Quant

    The fact that Scott Neslin of Tuck is not on this list is a tragedy. He’s a luminary in the fields of sales promotions and database marketing – he practically invented them – and a wonderful teacher & mentor.

  • John

    No Zeynep Ton from MIT on here? This list now has no credibility.

  • Rngr

    Correction: It should be “America’s best professors with a few london profs together list”..oh I forget! America IS the world…damn me! how could I forget that?

  • Editor

    Quick correction – Balasubramanian teaches at Kenan-Flagler not Bahsubrama

  • Lucas D’Alessandro

    Andrea: I found one mistake. Adam Galinsky is now part of Columbia Business School. Cheers!

  • JAW

    I had Peter Morici as a teacher for undergrad…most self-absorbed and egotistical person I have ever met and one of the worst teachers I had over my 4 years of college. Everyone in his class got an A and he taught nothing but made us watch his TV clips for an hour.

    Joke of a man