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- Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi argue that China’s demand for natural resources is unlikely to result in further price shocks.
- Two decades after Jeremy Rifkin predicted that private sector jobs would disappear, his controversial view sounds far more likely, and far less ominous.
- In The Son Also Rises, UC Davis economic historian Gregory Clark tracks surnames over hundreds of years to better understand social mobility.
- Two new books suggest that how salespeople respond to “no” is a primary determinant in their success.
- In The Craft Beer Revolution, Steve Hindy traces an industry disruption that gives beer drinkers reason to cheer.
- In A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger says that asking “why, what if, and how” can help companies become more efficient and creative.
- In Reinventing American Health Care, professor Ezekiel Emanuel predicts that the benefits of reform are still years away.
- John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ.
- In The Hard Thing about Hard Things, VC Ben Horowitz offers a creative solution for resolving conflict among organizational silos.
- In What Works for Women at Work, Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey identify four, often unrecognized, patterns of discriminatory attitudes toward women.
- In The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark, Dean Starkman rebukes the business press for missing the epic fraud that led to the Great Recession.
- 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.
- Consultant and author Tim Halloran thinks it’s time to inject some romance into brand marketing.
- According to the authors of The Decoded Company, it’s time to know your employees better than your customers.
- Steve Yastrow says improvisation is a far more effective sales tool than the hackneyed pitch—but there are limitations.
- 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.
- 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.
- A study guide for aspiring gurus.
- Successful collaborations create transformational value, according to BP executive Luc Bardin.
- A new biography of Apple design chief Jony Ive offers valuable lessons to leaders seeking to develop strategic capabilities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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