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Books in Brief Archive

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August 1, 2014

The Downside of Competition

In A Bigger Prize, former CEO Margaret Heffernan argues that the corporate world has an unhealthy obsession with winning.
August 1, 2014

Genius Is a Team Effort

Michael Schrage reviews two notable books by veteran Silicon Valley journalists that seek to explain collaborative charisma.
July 7, 2014

Why Marketers Should Be Followers

Itamar Simonson and Emanuel Rosen describe new patterns in consumer decision making that are shaking up traditional marketing strategies.
May 12, 2014

A Triple Scoop of Social Responsibility

Journalist Brad Edmondson’s recounting of the Ben & Jerry’s story, Ice Cream Social, focuses on the difficulties of living up to high-minded corporate mission statements after new owners take control.
May 12, 2014

It’s Better to Receive Than to Give

In Thanks for the Feedback, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen argue that the smart investment is not teaching managers how to give feedback, but rather teaching employees how to receive it.
May 12, 2014

China’s Strategic Challenge

In Can China Lead? a trio of business school professors argue that unless the Chinese Communist Party loosens its grip, the China “miracle” cannot be sustained.
April 28, 2014

Moore’s Law Is Still Changing Everything

In The Second Machine Age, two MIT professors show how the exponential growth of new technologies is remaking the world.
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.
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

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 Rise and Fall of Western Innovation

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

A Robot Ate My Job

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

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

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