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s+b Blogs - Business Literature (2014)

Below is a full article list from this issue of strategy+business.

Automation’s Adverse Effects
by Theodore Kinni
In The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr reminds us that almost every business decision involves tradeoffs.
 
Improving Employee Well-Being by Default
by Theodore Kinni
Brian Wansink explains how to help employees make healthy choices in Slim by Design.
 
How to Avoid Bad Investments in Good Ideas
by Theodore Kinni
Michael Schrage proposes a fast, cheap, experiment-driven approach to boosting the bottom line in The Innovator’s Hypothesis.
 
Adam Smith’s Other Book
by Theodore Kinni
Economist Russ Roberts explores Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a 255- year-old guide to the good life.
 
The Virgin Chronicles
by Theodore Kinni
Richard Branson’s books demonstrate how an entrepreneur’s drive and verve can turn seemingly crazy ideas into reality.
 
Reframing Sales Effectiveness
by Theodore Kinni
Aligning Strategy and Sales is the best sales book of the year — and one that senior executives should read.
 
The Price of Privatizing War
by Theodore Kinni
Modern Mercenary is a fascinating look at the free market for force and the companies that profit from it.
 
The Business Approach to Climate Change
by Theodore Kinni
John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz’s new book proposes how to achieve the triple bottom line of planet, people, and profits.
 
Location, Location, Location
by Theodore Kinni
Wharton marketing professor David Bell explores how the real world affects the success of internet companies.
 
Seeking Social Failures
by Theodore Kinni
IMD professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski describes three concepts that can help companies craft more effective social strategies.
 
Risky Business
by Theodore Kinni
A new book argues that the dangers of risk aversion often outweigh the risk of making mistakes.
 
A New Hat for Negotiators
by Theodore Kinni
If you want to become a better deal-maker, start by examining who you are at the table.
 
What the Beautiful Game Reveals about the Dismal Science
by Theodore Kinni
Soccer, says Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, is a perfect laboratory for testing economic theory.
 
Navigating Innovation’s Perilous First Mile
by Theodore Kinni
Innovation expert Scott D. Anthony has a toolkit for surviving the wreck-strewn entrepreneurial journey, from initial concept to reality.
 
What Marketers Can Learn From Contemporary Art
by Theodore Kinni
Economist Don Thompson says a product’s value can rise if it’s accompanied by a compelling backstory, reputation, or buying experience.
 
Understanding China’s Resource Quest
by Theodore Kinni
Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi argue that China’s demand for natural resources is unlikely to result in further price shocks.
 
The End of Work, Revisited
by Theodore Kinni
Two decades after Jeremy Rifkin predicted that private sector jobs would disappear, his controversial view sounds far more likely, and far less ominous.
 
Does Capitalism Create Social Mobility?
by Theodore Kinni
In The Son Also Rises, UC Davis economic historian Gregory Clark tracks surnames over hundreds of years to better understand social mobility.
 
What Part of No Don’t You Understand?
by Theodore Kinni
Two new books suggest that how salespeople respond to “no” is a primary determinant in their success.
 
A Toast to Industry Disruption
by Theodore Kinni
In The Craft Beer Revolution, Steve Hindy traces an industry disruption that gives beer drinkers reason to cheer.
 
Innovation Begins with Three Questions
by Theodore Kinni
In A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger says that asking “why, what if, and how” can help companies become more efficient and creative.
 
The Long Road to U.S. Healthcare Reform
by Theodore Kinni
In Reinventing American Health Care, professor Ezekiel Emanuel predicts that the benefits of reform are still years away.
 
Alternative Systems for Corporate Survival
by Theodore Kinni
John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ.
 
The Freaky Friday Management Technique
by Theodore Kinni
In The Hard Thing about Hard Things, VC Ben Horowitz offers a creative solution for resolving conflict among organizational silos.
 
Outing Gender Bias
by Theodore Kinni
In What Works for Women at Work, Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey identify four, often unrecognized, patterns of discriminatory attitudes toward women.
 
Muckraking Is Alive and Well
by Theodore Kinni
In The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark, Dean Starkman rebukes the business press for missing the epic fraud that led to the Great Recession. 
 
A Sucker’s Bet in Sochi
by Theodore Kinni
After reading the International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events, it’s hard to see how Russia will benefit from hosting the Winter Olympics.
 
How’s Your Brand’s Love Life?
by Theodore Kinni
Consultant and author Tim Halloran thinks it’s time to inject some romance into brand marketing.
 
Employee Management in the “Big Data” Era
by Theodore Kinni
According to the authors of The Decoded Company, it’s time to know your employees better than your customers.
 
Improvisational Selling
by Theodore Kinni
Steve Yastrow says improvisation is a far more effective sales tool than the hackneyed pitch—but there are limitations.
 
Fiddling at Davos, as Capitalism Burns
by Theodore Kinni
If the authors of Does Capitalism Have a Future? are right, this year’s WEF attendees should take a hard look at business as usual.
 
Beware the “CEO Bubble”
by Theodore Kinni
Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski paid an unjustly high price for the crime of losing perspective, according to a new book by Catherine S. Neal.
 
New Year’s Resolution: Become a Thought Leader
by Theodore Kinni
A study guide for aspiring gurus.

 

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