"In no small part, what American corporations have become is what Peters has encouraged them to be."—The New Yorker
"Peters is ... the father of the post-modern corporation."—Los Angeles Times
"We live in a Tom Peters world."—Fortune
Fortune called Tom Peters the "Ur-guru" of management, and compares him to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and H.L. Mencken. The Economist tagged him the Uber-guru; and BusinessWeek's take on his "unconventional views" led them to label Peters "business's best friend and worst nightmare." In 2004, the Bloomsbury Press book Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business reviewed the historical contributions of pathbreaking management thinkers and practitioners, from Machiavelli and JP Morgan to Tom and Jack Welch. The summary entry on Tom's impact:
"Tom Peters has probably done more than anyone else to shift the debate on management from the confines of boardrooms, academia, and consultancies to a broader, worldwide audience, where it has become the staple diet of the media and managers alike. Peter Drucker has written more and his ideas have withstood a longer test of time, but it is Peters—as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer—whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have shaped new management thinking."