The book is thorough, clearly written, and easily understood. It offers important lessons not only for economists, but especially for managers and for anyone who cares about the value of the decisions they make.
The Book Corner offers reviews by Graziadio School faculty and others for a variety of books on business topics.
For students of business, the question revolves around who made the greatest contribution to the future of business and, by that, the greatest contribution to mankind, and to civilization’s progress.
The New Age of Innovation: Driving Co-created Value Through Global Networks by C. K. Prahalad and M. S. Krishnan
The authors clearly identify the “what” and the “why” of the morphing of products and services and then provide direction for managers to understand actions necessary to remain competitive.
This book would best be utilized in a course on Finance for the Non-Financial Manager. Otherwise, there are better uses for your time.
What the reader gets in Fixing the Game is deeply thoughtful business commentary with an excellent marketing case study to boot, namely the NFL.
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, How They Can Help You by John Covert and Todd Sattersten
The 100 Best Business Books of All Time is crammed with book reviews and allows you to learn about all those books that you think you should have read or relearn the ones you did read but forgot the reason why it was so valuable at the time.
Many books on management act as if they have the best answer for everyone. Instead, to its credit, Being the Boss offers a coherent set of questions that make it possible for each manager to thoughtfully tailor his or her own answers.
Understanding the Dynamics of Typical People: An Introduction to Jungian Type Theory by Richard Bents and Reiner Blank
The vast bulk of the book is a description of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MTBI), and Bents and Blank specifically identify how each of the 16 personality types react to stress.
Montier provides an interesting and fact-supported look at how our emotions prevent many of us from being successful investors.
Kroijer elaborates on the state of the hedge fund industry, its overall usefulness, and the problem with fees and structure—all issues I mostly agree with.
Boudreau confronts the inherent uncertainty in challenging HR questions in a manner that does not dehumanize human capital.
Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant by James D. Kirkpatrick, PhD and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick
A reader who is new to the employee learning and development training field will find value in this book—but the tools and tips offered are not trailblazing.
Breakthrough! A 7-Step System for Developing Unexpected and Profitable Ideas by Paul Kurnit and Steve Lance
Breakthrough! is not a breakthrough book, but if you seek an easy-to-read, “how-to” book on logistics that foster innovation in your organization, then it may serve as your mug of java.
The Coaching Connection: A Manager’s Guide to Developing Individual Potential in the Context of the Organization by Paul J. Gorrell and John Hoover
The strength of the book is that it provides an outline of what might be called “leverage points” for helping a client to be a more effective leader within the context of the corporation.