Harold Koontz

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Harold Koontz (1909-1984) was an American organizational theorist, professor of business management at the University of California, Los Angeles and a consultant for many of America's largest business organizations. He co-authored the book Principles of Management with Cyril J. O'Donnell; the book has sold around two million copies and has been translated into 15 languages.

Life and work[edit]

He received his doctorate from Yale University in 1935 and started work as a cost analyst for a railroad in 1936. He consulted for the Federal Office of Price Administration during World War II and was an executive for Trans World Airlines.

His approach to management was "human relations". His best known advice is "manage-men-t," where "t" stands for tactfully.

He died at age 75 on February 11, 1984, after suffering from arthritis.[1]


  1. ^ "Harold Koontz Is Dead at 75; Gave Advice on Management". Associated Press (New York Times). February 20, 1984. Retrieved 28 February 2014.