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Theodore Kinni is a contributing editor of strategy+business. He also blogs at Reading, Writing re: Management




September 14, 2016
An expert on teaming from Harvard Business School shares three books for leaders who want to encourage collaboration in their organizations.
August 17, 2016
The eminent expert on leading change describes how three classics — including one of Freud’s major volumes — influence his thinking.
August 3, 2016
Can simultaneous exploitation and exploration resolve the innovator’s dilemma?
July 20, 2016
A Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur whose ideas inspired the lean startup movement shares some of his favorite books.
July 6, 2016
A new book examines star chef Ferran Adrià’s systematic pursuit of technological and culinary reinvention.
June 22, 2016
The chief executive officer of AARP discusses the books that have contributed to her worldview.
June 8, 2016
A new book argues that companies can thrive by focusing on the human development of their employees.
May 25, 2016
A veteran executive calls out the books that most influenced him in a career driven by innovation.
May 11, 2016
In Small Data, Martin Lindstrom recounts his adventures in brand building.
April 27, 2016
The president of the Rockefeller Foundation discusses the best books for understanding and nurturing organizational resilience.
April 13, 2016
Superbosses examines the talent practices of those rare leaders whose protégés go on to dominate industries.
March 30, 2016
A leading light of the corporate responsibility movement calls out a reading list for building a sustainable economy.
March 15, 2016
In Agile Talent, Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood lay out a system for getting more from external talent.
February 24, 2016
The legal scholar and coauthor of Nudge calls out four must-reads on decision making.
February 17, 2016
In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä describes six strategies that will make you happier and more successful at work.
February 2, 2016
The CEO of Imperative recommends three books that explore purpose from individual and organizational perspectives.
January 20, 2016
There’s no scientific method for coming up with brilliant new ideas. But the authors of a new book argue that a set of habits can help foster innovation.
January 6, 2016
The entrepreneur-in-residence for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office recommends three books to stimulate organizational entrepreneurship and innovation.
December 22, 2015
In On Inequality, Harry Frankfurt argues that, in and of itself, economic inequality doesn’t matter.
December 9, 2015
A Columbia Business School professor suggests a reading list for leaders struggling to hold on to competitive advantage.
November 25, 2015
In their new book, Nobel Prize–winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller argue that free markets can allow unethical business practices to thrive.
November 11, 2015
In a new book, a group of scholars delves into the many ways people find their missions — at work and at home.
October 21, 2015
The master algorithm will invent everything that can be invented.
October 7, 2015
One of the world’s most influential business thinkers talks about the books that shaped his approach to his career.
September 16, 2015
A leading business author talks about the books that shaped his thinking and career.
September 2, 2015
In a new book, leadership expert Ira Chaleff argues teaching employees to disobey orders is an essential management safeguard.
August 26, 2015
The Stanford professor calls out four books that illuminate the often-dark paths to power.
August 19, 2015
In Holacracy, Brian J. Robertson proposes we replace the corporate hierarchy with a bossless system.
July 15, 2015
The b-school professor recommends three books that support the development of value-based leadership.
July 1, 2015
The top-ranked executive coach recommends four books that will make you a better leader.
June 17, 2015
In a new biography of the brothers who invented the airplane, David McCullough describes the frustrations and triumphs involved in getting aviation off the ground.
June 1, 2015
Should you make your company in your own image?
April 22, 2015
The CEO of a leading recreational marijuana company argues that the industry is green in more ways than one.
March 11, 2015
In his new book, Lawrence A. Cunningham says that Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate culture will enable it to survive without Warren Buffett.
February 4, 2015
Apple’s former chief evangelist talks about the books that most contributed to his success.
January 27, 2015
In Against the Tide, retired rear admiral Dave Oliver examines the management techniques of Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy.
January 21, 2015
Thomas Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen argue that companies should bridge gaps among various age groups, not reinforce them.
January 14, 2015
In The Reciprocity Advantage, Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn argue that the most successful partnerships start with sharing, not protecting, your intellectual capital.
January 5, 2015
High-tech blogger Nir Eyal describes a positive feedback loop for getting customers hooked on your products and services.
December 17, 2014
In The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr reminds us that almost every business decision involves tradeoffs.
December 9, 2014
Brian Wansink explains how to help employees make healthy choices in Slim by Design.
December 2, 2014
Michael Schrage proposes a fast, cheap, experiment-driven approach to boosting the bottom line in The Innovator’s Hypothesis.
November 6, 2014
Economist Russ Roberts explores Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, a 255- year-old guide to the good life.
October 29, 2014
Richard Branson’s books demonstrate how an entrepreneur’s drive and verve can turn seemingly crazy ideas into reality.
October 16, 2014
Aligning Strategy and Sales is the best sales book of the year — and one that senior executives should read.
October 9, 2014
Modern Mercenary is a fascinating look at the free market for force and the companies that profit from it.
September 23, 2014
John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz’s new book proposes how to achieve the triple bottom line of planet, people, and profits.
September 10, 2014
Wharton marketing professor David Bell explores how the real world affects the success of internet companies.
September 3, 2014
IMD professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski describes three concepts that can help companies craft more effective social strategies.
August 19, 2014
A new book argues that the dangers of risk aversion often outweigh the risk of making mistakes.
July 30, 2014
If you want to become a better deal-maker, start by examining who you are at the table.
July 24, 2014
Soccer, says Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, is a perfect laboratory for testing economic theory.
July 10, 2014
Innovation expert Scott D. Anthony has a toolkit for surviving the wreck-strewn entrepreneurial journey, from initial concept to reality.
July 1, 2014
Economist Don Thompson says a product’s value can rise if it’s accompanied by a compelling backstory, reputation, or buying experience.
June 18, 2014
Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi argue that China’s demand for natural resources is unlikely to result in further price shocks.
May 28, 2014
Two decades after Jeremy Rifkin predicted that private sector jobs would disappear, his controversial view sounds far more likely, and far less ominous.
May 21, 2014
In The Son Also Rises, UC Davis economic historian Gregory Clark tracks surnames over hundreds of years to better understand social mobility.
May 14, 2014
Two new books suggest that how salespeople respond to “no” is a primary determinant in their success.
May 7, 2014
In The Craft Beer Revolution, Steve Hindy traces an industry disruption that gives beer drinkers reason to cheer.
April 8, 2014
In A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger says that asking “why, what if, and how” can help companies become more efficient and creative.
March 25, 2014
In Reinventing American Health Care, professor Ezekiel Emanuel predicts that the benefits of reform are still years away.
March 19, 2014
John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ.
March 12, 2014
In The Hard Thing about Hard Things, VC Ben Horowitz offers a creative solution for resolving conflict among organizational silos.
March 5, 2014
In What Works for Women at Work, Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey identify four, often unrecognized, patterns of discriminatory attitudes toward women.
February 26, 2014
In The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark, Dean Starkman rebukes the business press for missing the epic fraud that led to the Great Recession. 
February 19, 2014
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.
February 12, 2014
Consultant and author Tim Halloran thinks it’s time to inject some romance into brand marketing.
February 5, 2014
According to the authors of The Decoded Company, it’s time to know your employees better than your customers.
January 29, 2014
Steve Yastrow says improvisation is a far more effective sales tool than the hackneyed pitch—but there are limitations.
January 22, 2014
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.
January 15, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
A study guide for aspiring gurus.
December 23, 2013
Successful collaborations create transformational value, according to BP executive Luc Bardin.
December 18, 2013
A new biography of Apple design chief Jony Ive offers valuable lessons to leaders seeking to develop strategic capabilities.
December 11, 2013
In The Circle, novelist Dave Eggers creates a techno-dystopia that does a better job of  driving home the dangers of digitization than any nonfiction polemic to date.
December 4, 2013
Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse argues that making a few big gambles may be a safer long-term strategy than sticking to small investments.
November 26, 2013
Mark Hatch, the CEO of TechShop, is betting that the new wave of high-tech DIY will bolster innovation and the growth of this nascent industry.
November 20, 2013
According to scholar Maurizio Viroli, leaders cited The Prince as a rationale for unethical behavior for far too long. Accomplish something great instead.
November 13, 2013
Tom and David Kelley of IDEO show readers how to channel the creativity they never knew they had.
November 6, 2013
Journalist and author Rose George recounts her voyage on a container ship, transporting goods across the globe.
October 30, 2013
Edgar Schein can teach you to be a better helper and more effective questioner—skills that are essential to your leadership success.
October 23, 2013
Adam Penenberg’s new book examines how video games are being used to enhance organizations and improve lives.
October 16, 2013
In his new book, John Weir Close recounts the modern era of hostile takeovers.
October 8, 2013
How G Adventures’s founder Bruce Poon Tip built a successful business by following his bliss.
October 2, 2013
How the “vocal silence” used to communicate professorial mores at HBS can make a difference at your company.
September 25, 2013
Disney legend Marty Sklar’s new memoir-cum-business book offers great backstage stories—and insights for leaders.
September 17, 2013
Nobel Prize–winning economist Edmund Phelps argues that innovation and the prosperity it engenders are a function of our values.
September 11, 2013
Honest Tea founders Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff explain—graphically—how they brewed up a successful company.
September 4, 2013
Ty Montague adds a useful twist to corporate storytelling.
August 28, 2013
Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack explain why a little distraction can lead to business innovation.
August 21, 2013
Rita Gunther McGrath helps you determine how ready you are for an accelerated business lifecycle.
August 14, 2013
In his new book, Robert A.G. Monks indicts more than half of the Fortune 500, a handful of giant institutional shareholders, and the U.S. Supreme Court for hijacking the American Dream.
August 7, 2013
Chip Bell teams up with Marshall Goldsmith in the third edition of his best-selling business book on mentorship.
July 31, 2013
In Common Ground on Hostile Turf, environmental mediator Lucy Moore offers insights applicable to change management.
July 24, 2013
Professors Usha Haley and George Haley identify the origin of Chinese dominance in four major industries.
July 17, 2013
A new book on creativity turns the conventional approach to business innovation on its head.
July 10, 2013
David Farber’s seminal bio of John J. Raskob sets the business context for The Great Gatsby.
July 3, 2013
Mohsin Hamid’s new novel raises perennial questions about the sacrifices we make to get ahead.
June 26, 2013
Dan Heath, the coauthor of Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, explains how to raise the quality of your company’s decisions.
June 19, 2013
Ed Whitacre rescued a couple of iconic American companies, but a few years too late for my family.
June 13, 2013
In Story of My People, Edoardo Nesi explores that fate of his family’s company—and of local industry—amid rising global competition.
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