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  • September 29, 2014

    The Business of Coming Out at Work

    by Christine Bader
    Former BP CEO John Browne argues that self-disclosure is the right course for LGBT employees in The Glass Closet.
  • August 1, 2014

    The Downside of Competition

    by Karen Dillon
    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

    by Michael Schrage
    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

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

    China’s Strategic Challenge

    by David K. Hurst
    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.
  • May 12, 2014

    It’s Better to Receive Than to Give

    by Sally Helgesen
    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

    A Triple Scoop of Social Responsibility

    by John Weir Close
    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.
  • February 11, 2014

    The Trouble with Sunspots

    by George S. Oldfield
    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

    by David K. Hurst
    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

    by Nancy Scola
    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

    by Jon Gertner
    Scott Berkun’s chronicle of his stint as a team leader at offers insights for companies with distributed structures.