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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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