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Issue 74, Spring 2014

Cover story

In this issue

America’s Real Manufacturing Advantage, Align with Your Star Employees, Rita Gunther McGrath on the End of Competitive Advantage, and More

Leading Ideas


Books in Brief

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Research

  • The Vicious Cycle of CEO Pet Projects

    by Matt Palmquist
    Incoming leaders follow a predictable pattern of disinvesting from their predecessor’s flops and eventually investing just as unwisely.
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