Peters, (Thomas J.) Tom(1942– ) author, lecturer, management consultant; born in Baltimore, Md. He was a McKinsey and Co. associate (1974–81) before founding the Tom Peters Group. His best-seller, In Search of Excellence (coauthored, 1982), dissected successful corporate practices and became a business bible. As a ubiquitous and popular author, lecturer, and newspaper columnist, he helped formulate competitive American management practices.
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