Stuart Crainer (born 1960s) is a British management journalist and business theorist, and adjunct professor at IE Business School, known for his work on the history and state of the art of management theory.
Crainer started in the 1980s as columnist for the Times and worked as business journalist, editor and ghost writer. Early 1990s he co-authored his first management books with HR consultant David Clutterbuck and educator Eddie Obeng. In 1995 he edited the first edition of the Financial Times Handbook of Management, and in 1996 he published his first of a series of books on "key management ideas," and its history. He is also a cofounder of the Thinkers50 management initiative.