My Koch Research Fellows, Jomana Krupinski and Kaitlyn Pytlak, and I conducted a survey of 250 Business and Economics professors and 250 English and Literature professors.
Colleges and universities were randomly selected and then professors from the relevant departments were also randomly selected to receive our email survey. They were asked to list and rank from 1 to 10 what they considered to be the best novels and plays about business.
We did not attempt to define the word "best," leaving that decision up to each respondent. We obtained 69 usable responses from Business and Economics professors and 51 from English and Literature professors.
A list of 50 choices was given to each respondent and an opportunity was presented to vote for works not on the list. When tabulating the results, ten points were given to a novel or play in a respondent's first position, nine points were assigned to a work in the second position, and so on, down to the tenth listed work which was allotted one point.
The table below presents the top 25 novels and plays for each group of professors. Interestingly, fifteen works made both top 25 lists. These are noted in bold type.