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February 11, 2014

Working Together Apart

Scott Berkun’s chronicle of his stint as a team leader at WordPress.com offers insights for companies with distributed structures.
February 11, 2014

The Big Promise of Open Data

Nancy Scola reviews Joel Gurin’s Open Data Now, the first book to detail the rich business opportunities in open data and the challenges in capturing them. 
February 11, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Western Innovation

A review of Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change, by Edmund Phelps.
February 11, 2014

The Trouble with Sunspots

A personality-driven history of economic forecasting by business historian Walter Friedman points up the limitations of the prediction business, then and now.
February 11, 2014

The Lion versus the Fox

David Hurst reviews Professor Lawrence Freedman’s magisterial new history of strategy, which underscores the discipline’s central elements and limits.
September 16, 2013

The World’s Largest Ungoverned Space

Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen examine the political ramifications of digital ubiquity in The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business.
August 27, 2013

The Wizards of Money

In The Alchemists, economic journalist Neil Irwin argues that the financial crisis of 2007–08 made the central bankers of the U.S., U.K., and Europe the most powerful people on earth.
August 27, 2013

Strategic Change without Tears

A review of Strategic Transformation: Changing while Winning, by Manuel Hensmans, Gerry Johnson, and George Yip.
August 27, 2013

A Robot Ate My Job

A review of Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age, by Marty Neumeier.
August 27, 2013

Feminine Values Ascending

A review of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future, by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio
May 28, 2013

Toward a Better-Informed Cynicism

A review of The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office, by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan.
May 28, 2013

The Practitioner’s Tale

A review of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation, and the State, by William H. Janeway.
May 28, 2013

Skill or Luck?

A review of The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing, by Michael J. Mauboussin.
May 28, 2013

Many-to-Many Manufacturing

A review of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, by Chris Anderson.