Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors 2019/20

Revealed...Welcome to The Case Centre's list of bestselling case authors for the 2019/20 academic year.

This year has been like no other, as faculty and schools grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, talented authors continue to shine as their cases are taught online and in-person around the world. Congratulations to everyone who made the list!

Who’s trending?

This year's authors represent 18 schools, from 10 countries, across 3 continents.

In an outstanding achievement, ICFAI Business School's Debapratim Purkayastha is no. 1 for the fifth consecutive year.

Debapratim PurkayasthaOf Professor Purkayastha’s success, Richard McCracken, The Case Centre’s Director, said: “The Case Centre's annual list of Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors recognises the best and most impactful case authors from business schools around the world. To feature in the list is a considerable achievement. Consider, then, the achievement of Professor Debapratim Purkayastha who tops the list for the fifth consecutive year. Professor Purkayastha deserves huge congratulations for his continuing success, and continuing enthusiasm for adopting innovative approaches to case writing.”

Alongside the well-known case writers, there are seven new entries, with INSEAD's Joerg Niessing the highest at no. 16. Meanwhile, Peter Killing from the Institute of Management Development (IMD) jumps 20 places - from no. 38 to 18.

Harvard Business School is the most successful school with 12 of their faculty in the top 40.

See all the trends in our infographic

Meet our bestselling authors ...

Browse the full list of bestselling authors, discover their cases and learn why they believe in the enduring importance of case writing and teaching as a fundamental cornerstone of business education.

Debapratim Purkayastha Robert Simons Vivek Gupta Christopher Bartlett
Debapratim Purkayastha Robert Simons

Vivek Gupta

Christopher Bartlett
David Yoffie W Chan Kim Renée Mauborgne Pierre Chandon
David Yoffie W Chan Kim Renée Mauborgne Pierre Chandon
Kamran Kashani Wolfgang Ulaga Benjamin Esty Youngme Moon
Kamran Kashani Wolfgang Ulaga Benjamin Esty Youngme Moon
Jill Avery John A Quelch John A Quelch Joerg Niessing
Jill Avery John A Quelch Elizabeth Grasby Joerg Niessing
David Collis Peter Killing Ian Dunn Nader Tavassoli
David J Collis Peter Killing Ian Dunn Nader Tavassoli
Robert Bruner Jamie Anderson Kasra Ferdows Michael Lewis
Robert F Bruner Jamie Anderson Kasra Ferdows Michael Lewis
Jose A.D. Machuca v Thales Teixeira Herminia Ibarra
Jose A.D. Machuca Elie Ofek Thales Teixeira Herminia Ibarra
Robert S Kaplan Nirmalya Kumar D Satish David Dubois
Robert S Kaplan Nirmalya Kumar D Satish David Dubois
Urs Mueller Benoit Leleux Jan W Rivkin Eric Van den Steen
Urs Mueller Benoit Leleux Jan W Rivkin Eric Van den Steen
Ashok Som Dominique turpin Antonio Dávila Vincent Dessain
Ashok Som Dominique Turpin Antonio Dávila Vincent Dessain

Please note that every effort was made to ensure all biographical information and detail concerning each author was correct at the time of publication (26 October 2020).

If you believe any inaccuracies have occurred, please do contact antoinette@thecasecentre.org and we’ll be happy to make any necessary changes.

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