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  • 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.
  • How Creepy Is Your Company?

    by Theodore Kinni
    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.
  • Make Big Bets

    by Theodore Kinni
    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.
  • Seeking Scale in the Maker Movement

    by Theodore Kinni
    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.
  • A Call for True Machiavellian Leadership

    by Theodore Kinni
    According to scholar Maurizio Viroli, leaders cited The Prince as a rationale for unethical behavior for far too long. Accomplish something great instead.
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