World’s 50 Best Business School Professors



Professor School Expertise If Not A Teacher?
Barbara Kahn UPenn (Wharton) Marketing Internet Start-up CMO
Kevin Lane Keller Dartmouth (Tuck) Marketing Music Company CEO
Nancy F. Koehn Harvard Leadership Equestrian
Nirmalya Kumar London Marketing Rock Star
Sheena Lyengar Columbia Management Doing It
Renee Mauborgne INSEAD Management Helping underprivileged children
Atif R. Mian Berkeley (Haas) Finance Molecular Biologist
Peter Morici Maryland (Smith) Economics Owner, NY Giants
Christine Moorman Duke (Fuqua) Marketing Run An Orphanage
Dana Muir Michigan (Ross) Finance Owner, Scuba Shop
Sharon Oster Yale Management Comedian
Jeffrey Pfeffer Stanford GSB Management Plantiff’s Attorney
Michael Porter Harvard Strategy Pro Golfer
Raghuram Rajan Chicago (Booth) Economics Fighter Pilot
Jay Shanken Emory (Goizueta) Finance Musician
Myles Shaver Minnesota (Carlson) Strategy Host of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
Jeremy Siegel UPenn (Wharton) Finance Traveler, Consultant, Lecturer
Svenja Sommer HEC Paris Management NA
Robert Sutton Stanford GSB Management Fiction Writer
Art Swersey Yale Management Movie Director
Michael Trick Carnegie (Tepper) Operations Running a Caribbean Inn
Peter Ubel Duke (Fuqua) Health Care Stephen Colbert
Laurie Weingart Carnegie (Tepper) Leadership Actress
Ronald Wilcox Virginia (Darden) Finance Entrepreneur
Aks Zaheer Minnesota (Carlson) Strategy Shakespearean Actor



  • 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