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Ted Kinni

Theodore Kinni is senior editor for books at strategy+business. He also blogs at Reading, Writing re: Management


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.