Innovation and Insight – Top Books for business leaders

Arcus Business Best Sellers


THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $14.95.) How and why certain products and ideas become fads.)
FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Harper Perennial, $15.99.) A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to everything from cheating sumo wrestlers to the falling crime rate.
THE BLACK SWAN, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Random House, $17.) The hubris of predictions — and our perpetual surprise when the not-predicted happens.
SHOP CLASS AS SOULCRAFT, by Matthew B. Crawford. (Penguin, $15.) A philosopher on what manual labor can teach about the world and oneself.
LIAR’S POKER, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $15.95.) Wall Street’s tumultuous 1980s, as witnessed by a young bond trader.
PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL, by Dan Ariely. (Harper Perennial, $15.99.) The hidden forces that shape our decisions.
THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES, by Ben Mezrich. (Anchor, $15.95.) How two Harvard undergraduates created Facebook.
THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, by Stephen R. Covey. (Free Press, $15.) A new edition of the author’s principles for solving problems.
GETTING THINGS DONE, by David Allen. (Penguin, $15.) Methods for reducing stress and increasing performance.

Hardcover Business Best Sellers

THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.
OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent — from the author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point.”
SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life.
THE WAY WE’RE WORKING ISN’T WORKING, by Tony Schwartz with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy. (Free Press, $28.) Advice on re-energizing and re-engaging yourself on the job and off.
CRISIS ECONOMICS, by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm. (Penguin Press, $27.95.) How the global financial system broke down in 2008, and what may happen if new regulations are not embraced.
DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards.
THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work.
13 BANKERS, by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. (Pantheon, $26.95.) A call for the restructuring of the banking industry.
STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader.
REWORK, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. (Crown Business, $22.) Counterintuitive rules for small-business success, like “Ignore the details early on” and “Good enough is fine.”
THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host.
THE END OF WALL STREET, by Roger Lowenstein. (Penguin Press, $27.95.) A journalist’s account of the financial collapse, from origins to bailout.
HOW AN ECONOMY GROWS AND WHY IT CRASHES, by Peter D. Schiff and Andrew J. Schiff. (Wiley, $19.95.) Through wit, humor and illustrations, the complex financial system is explained.
TOO BIG TO FAIL, by Andrew Ross Sorkin. (Viking, $32.95.) The 2008 financial implosion on Wall Street and in Washington, by a New York Times reporter and columnist.
SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $29.99.) A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.

Best business books of all time


Change Management  

Back in Fashion: How We’re Reviving a British Icon
Stuart Rose

British Library CEO Lynne Brindley on Helping to Spur Business Innovation
Sarah Cliffe

Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail
John P. Kotter

Beating the Market with Customer Satisfaction
Christopher W. Hart

HBR Case Study: The Customers’ Revenge
Dan Ariely

How Valuable Is Word of Mouth?
V. Kumar, J. Andrew Petersen, and Robert P. Leone

Northwestern Mutual’s Ed Zore on Staying Relevant to Customers
Thomas A. Stewart

Service with a Very Big Smile
Forethought, May

Silo Busting: How to Execute on the Promise of Customer Focus
Ranjay Gulati

Understanding Customer Experience
Christopher Meyer and Andre Schwager

Work with Me
Simon J. Bell and Andreas B. Eisingerich

Decision Making  

Hotter Heads Prevail
Andrew O’Connell

The Wisdom of (Expert) Crowds
Robert S. Duboff

THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis

The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.

OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent — from the author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point.”


HBR Case Study: Good Money After Bad?
John W. Mullins


Forethought Special Report: Climate Business, Business Climate

Ethics and Society

Beware of Bad Microcredit
Steve Beck and Tim Ogden

HBR Case Study: The CEO’s Private Investigation
Joseph Finder

The Flaw in Customer Lifetime Value
Detlef Schoder

So You Think You Understand Revenues
Robert Shaw and Vincent-Wayne Mitchell

The Truth About Private Equity Performance
Oliver Gottschalg and Ludovic Phalippou


General Management   

SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life.

The Art of Designing Markets
Alvin E. Roth

The HBR List: Breakthrough Ideas for 2007

The Next 20 Years: How Customer and Workforce Attitudes Will Evolve
Neil Howe and William Strauss

Who Owns the Long Term? Perspectives from Global Business Leaders
Maurice Lévy, Mike Eskew, Wulf H. Bernotat, and Marianne Barner


Cocreating Business’s New Social Compact
Jeb Brugmann and C.K. Prahalad

Forward-Thinking Cultures
Mansour Javidan

China + India: The Power of Two
Tarun Khanna

Mao’s Pervasive Influence on Chinese CEOs
Shaomin Li and Kuang S. Yeh

Nurturing Respect for IP in China
Georg von Krogh and Stefan


If Private Equity Sized Up Your Business
Robert C. Pozen

Reducing Directors’ Legal Risk
Michael Klausner

THE WAY WE’RE WORKING ISN’T WORKING, by Tony Schwartz with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy. Advice on re-energizing and re-engaging yourself on the job and off.

Health Care

What Health Consumers Want
Caroline Calkins and John Sviokla

Realizing the Promise of Personalized Medicine
Mara G. Aspinall and Richard G. Hamermesh

Human Resources

HBR Case Study: We Googled You
Diane Coutu

How Risky Is Overtime, Really?
Harris Allen and William Bunn, MD

How to Teach Pride in “Dirty Work”
Forethought, September

Making Relationships Work: A Conversation with Psychologist John M. Gottman
Diane Coutu

Munchausen at Work
Nathan Bennett

Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership
Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli

Younger Women at the Top
Forethought, April

Innovation and Creativity

Breakthrough Thinking from Inside the Box
Kevin P. Coyne, Patricia Gorman Clifford, and Renée Dye

A Buyer’s Guide to the Innovation Bazaar
Satish Nambisan and Mohanbir Sawhney

Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams
Lynda Gratton and Tamara J. Erickson

Innovate Faster by Melding Design and Strategy
Ravi Chhatpar

The Innovation Value Chain
Morten T. Hansen and Julian Birkinshaw

Is It Real? Can We Win? Is It Worth Doing?
George S. Day

Meet the Innovation Capitalist
Satish Nambisan and Mohanbir Sawhney

$152,000 for Your Thoughts
Gary Carini and Bill Townsend

Preparing for the Perfect Product Launch
James P. Hackett

The Value Captor’s Process: Getting the Most out of Your New Business Ventures
Rita Gunther McGrath and Thomas Keil

The Knowledge-Creating Company
Ikujiro Nonaka

Becoming the Boss
Linda A. Hill

The Best Advice I Ever Got
Hans-Paul Bürkner

The Best Advice I Ever Got
Fred Carl, Jr.

Building a Leadership Brand
Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood

Management Development

Employees Get an Earful
Anders Gronstedt

HBR Case Study: The Very Model of a Modern Senior Manager
Mike Morrison

Help Newly Hired Executives Adapt Quickly
Michael D. Watkins

Make Your Company a Talent Factory
Douglas A. Ready and Jay A. Conger

Managing People

Solve the Succession Crisis by Growing Inside-Outside Leaders
Joseph L. Bower

HBR Case Study: Off-Ramp–or Dead End?
Sharman Esarey and Arno Haslberger

Managing Technology

HBR Case Study: Too Far Ahead of the IT Curve?
John P. Glaser


SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.

Charge What Your Products Are Worth
Venkatesh Bala and Jason Gree

Companies and the Customers Who Hate Them
Gail McGovern and Youngme Moon

Even Commodities Have Customers
François M. Jacques

Getting Attention for Unrecognized Brands
Daniel G. Goldstein

HBR Case Study: Mad About Plaid
Julia Kirby

Hidden Wealth in B2B Brands
James R. Gregory and Donald E. Sexton

If Brands Are Built over Years, Why Are They Managed over Quarters?
Leonard M. Lodish and Carl F. Mela

Quality Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Debanjan Mitra and Peter N. Golder

Sports Sponsorship to Rally the Home Team
Francis J. Farrelly and Stephen A. Greyser

Viral Marketing for the Real World
Duncan J. Watts and Jonah Peretti

Mergers and Acquisitions

Deals Without Delusions
Dan Lovallo, Patrick Viguerie, Robert Uhlaner, and John Horn

Human Due Diligence
David Harding and Ted Rouse

Rules to Acquire By
Bruce Nolop


Investigative Negotiation
Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman


Are Your Engineers Talking to One Another When They Should?
Manuel E. Sosa, Steven D. Eppinger, and Craig M. Rowles

Are You the Weakest Link in Your Company’s Supply Chain?
Reuben E. Slone, John T. Mentzer, and J. Paul Dittmann

Break the Paper Jam in B2B Payments
Steve Berez and Arpan Sheth

High-Tech Ways to Keep Cupboards Full
Peter J. McGoldrick and Peter M. Barton

Improve Your Return on Returns
Andrew O’Connell

Lessons from the Leaders of Retail Loss Prevention
Adrian Beck and Colin Peacock

Make Your Back Office an Accelerator
Paul Rogers and Hernan Saenz

Pandemic Preparedness: Who’s Your Weak Link?
George Abercrombie

Performing a Project Premortem
Gary Klein

The Process Audit
Michael Hammer

Selecting Management Tools Wisely
Darrell Rigby and Barbara Bilodeau

Organization and Culture

Avoiding Integrity Land Mines
Ben W. Heineman, Jr.

HBR Case Study: Why Didn’t We Know?
Ralph Hasson

Inner Work Life: Understanding the Subtext of Business Performance
Teresa M. Amabile and Steven J. Kramer

A Larger Language for Business: A Conversation with David Whyte
Lisa Burrell

Promise-Based Management: The Essence of Execution
Donald N. Sull and Charles Spinosa

Reconcilable Differences
Jonathan Knowles and Richard Ettenson

Simple Rules for Making Alliances Work
Jonathan Hughes and Jeff Weiss

To Thine Own Staff Be Agreeable
Gary Davies and Rosa Chun

What It Means to Work Here
Tamara J. Erickson and Lynda Gratton

Why Employees Are Afraid to Speak
James R. Detert and Amy C. Edmondson

The Cost of Myopic Management
Natalie Mizik and Robert Jacobson

Higher Net Price–Or Bust
Paul Calthrop

Performance Measurement

Maximizing Your Return on People
Laurie Bassi and Daniel McMurrer

Productivity Is Killing American Enterprise
Henry Mintzberg

The Strategic Secret of Private Equity
Felix Barber and Michael Goold

Research and Development

Using the Balanced Scorecard as a Strategic Management System
Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton

Getting Unusual Suspects to Solve R&D Puzzles
Karim R. Lakhani and Lars Bo Jeppesen

Novartis’s Great Leap of Trust: A Conversation with Daniel Vasella
Andrew O’Connell

Where More R&D Dollars Should Go
Jim Scinta

Risk Management

A Growing Focus on Preparedness
Darrell Rigby and Barbara Bilodeau

HBR Case Study: Boss, I Think Someone Stole Our Customer Data
Eric McNulty

HBR Case Study: The Dark Side of Customer Analytics
Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris

Reputation and Its Risks
Robert G. Eccles, Scott C. Newquist, and Roland Schatz

Scorched Earth: Will Environmental Risks in China Overwhelm Its Opportunities?
Elizabeth Economy and Kenneth Lieberthal


Managing Global Accounts
George S. Yip and Audrey J.M. Bink


Cognitive Fitness
Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts

Crisis at the Summit
George D. Parsons and Richard T. Pascale

Find the Gold in Toxic Feedback
Fernando Bartolomé and John Weeks

How Leaders Create and Use Networks
Herminia Ibarra and Mark Hunter

The Making of an Expert
K. Anders Ericsson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy

My Extreme MBA: A Conversation with Rory Stewart
Lew McCreary

Realizing What You’re Made Of
Glenn E. Mangurian

Surviving Your New CEO
Kevin P. Coyne and Edward J. Coyne, Sr.

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror
Robert S. Kaplan

Strategy and Competition

TOO BIG TO FAIL, by Andrew Ross Sorkin

The 2008 financial implosion on Wall Street and in Washington, by a New York Times reporter and columnist.

The Battle for China’s Good-Enough Market
Orit Gadiesh, Philip Leung, and Till Vestring

Competitive Advantage on a Warming Planet
Jonathan Lash and Fred Wellington

Finding Your Next Core Business
Chris Zook

The Four Principles of Enduring Success
Christian Stadler

How Managers’ Everyday Decisions Create–or Destroy–Your Company’s Strategy
Joseph L. Bower and Clark G. Gilbert

If You Love Your Information, Set It Free
David Weinberger

Managing Differences: The Central Challenge of Global Strategy
Pankaj Ghemawat

Managing Our Way to Economic Decline
Robert H. Hayes and William J. Abernathy

Mapping Your Competitive Position
Richard A. D’Aveni

Outdoor-Apparel Start-Up CEO Chris Van Dyke on New Ways to Feed Customers’ Passions
Andrew O’Connell

Private Equity’s Long View
Walter Kiechel III

A Road Map for Natural Capitalism
Amory B. Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins, and Paul Hawken

Set Up to Fail: A Conversation with Paul Ormerod
Gardiner Morse

Six Rules for Effective Forecasting
Paul Saffo

A Staged Solution to the Catch-22
Andrei Hagiu and Thomas Eisenmann

Strategic Insight in Three Circles
Joel E. Urbany and James H. Davis

Strategies to Crack Well-Guarded Markets
David J. Bryce and Jeffrey H. Dyer

Strategy Lessons from Left Field
José Santos

Take Your Third Move First
Jeff Cares and Jim Miskel

To Succeed in the Long Term, Focus on the Middle Term
Geoffrey A. Moore

The Upside of Falling Flat
Stefan Michel

The Wealth of African Nations
Vijay Mahajan

Which Levers Boost ROI?
Margeaux Cvar and John A. Quelch

CEOs Misperceive Top Teams’ Performance
Richard M. Rosen and Fred Adair

The New Deal at the Top
Yves L. Doz and Mikko Kosonen


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