Stuart Crainer, (born in the 1960s) is a British management journalist and business theorist, adjunct professor at IE Business School. He is known for his work on the history and state of the art of management theory. 
Crainer started in the 1980s as columnist for The Times and worked as business journalist, editor and ghost writer. Early 1990s he co-authored his first management books with HR consultant David Clutterbuck and educator Eddie Obeng. In 1995 he edited the first edition of the Financial Times. Handbook of Management, and in 1996 he published his first of a series of books on "key management ideas," and its history. He is also editor for the Business Strategy Review journal, and cofounder of the Thinkers50 management initiative.
- Clutterbuck, David, and Stuart Crainer. Makers of management. (1990).
- Eddie Obeng and Stuart Crainer. Making Re-Engineering Happen, Financial Times Pearson Publishing, 1994.
- Crainer, Stuart. The real power of brands: Making brands work for competitive advantage. FT Pitman, 1995.
- Crainer, Stuart. Key management ideas: Thinkers that changed the management world. FT Pitman Publishing, 1996.
- White, Randall P., Philip Hodgson, and Stuart Crainer. The future of leadership: Riding the corporate rapids into the 21st century. Financial Times Management, 1996.
- Crainer, Stuart, and Des Dearlove. Gravy training: Inside the business of business schools. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.
- Crainer, Stuart. The management century. Jossey-Bass, 2000.
- Crainer, Stuart, and Des Dearlove, eds. Financial Times handbook of management. Pearson Education, 2004.
- ^ Jackson, Brad. Management gurus and management fashions: A dramatistic inquiry. Psychology Press, 2001.
- ^ Mullins, Laurie J. Management and organisational behaviour. Pearson Education, 2007.
- ^ Huczynski, Andrzej. Management gurus. Routledge, 2012.