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Who is Tom Peters
Tom Peters is an American writer on business management practices, best known for "In Search of Excellence".

Tom Peters was born on November 7, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He attended Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering. He then studied business at Stanford Business School, where he received an MBA and Ph.D. degrees. From 1974 to 1981 he worked for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. In 1981, he left to become an independent consultant. He is best known as the co-author of one of the biggest bestsellers in management - together with Robert H. Waterman, Jr., they wrote a book “In Search of Excellence” (1982), which has sold around 6 million copies.

The book introduced one of the most famous concepts of critical success factors - McKinsey 7S model.

Anthony Athos and Richard Pascale also participated on the model. They published it already in 1981 in the book “The Art of Japanese Management”, even before Peters and Waterman.

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