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Economics for the common good by Jean Tirole

Overview: From Nobel Prize–winning economist Jean Tirole, a bold new agenda for the role of economics in society When Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics, he suddenly found himself being stopped in the street by complete strangers and asked to comment on issues of the day, no matter how distant from his …
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Thank you for being late: an optimist’s guide to thriving in the age of accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

Overview: A New York Times Bestseller, One of The Wall Street Journal’s “10 Books to Read Now,” and a Los Angeles Times Bestseller We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers …
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The driver in the driverless car: how our technology choices will create the future by Vivek Wadhwa with Alex Salkever

Overview: A computer beats the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess. Another is composing classical music. Labs are creating life-forms from synthetic DNA. A doctor designs an artificial trachea, uses a 3D printer to produce it, and implants it and saves a child’s life. Astonishing technological advances like these are arriving …
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S+b: Best Business Books 2017

Strategy+business has published its annual review of the year’s best business books. The selected subjects for this year were Innovation, Strategy, Narratives, Leadership, Economics, Marketing and Management. To read the full text, please click here (to view the full title list, free registration is required). You can find most of the titles featured in IESE’s …
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The great leveler: violence and the history of inequality from the stone age to the twenty-first century by Walter Scheidel

Overview: How only violence and catastrophes have consistently reduced inequality throughout world history. Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that …
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The year’s winner of the “The FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2017” is Janesville by Amy Goldstein

Overview: “A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience” (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)—an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in …
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Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist by Kate Raworth

Overview: Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times. Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still …
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Managing Media Businesses: A Game Plan to Navigate Disruption and Uncertainty by Mike Rosenberg and Philip H. Seager (Editors)

Overview: Your answers to the questions that vex your media or entertainment business will depend on your frame – a frame based on experience gained in days that were less uncertain, less fluid and much, much simpler. Those frames needs to be broken if you are to survive in times of such rapid change. This …
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Nobel Prize in Economics 2017

The Nobel Prize for Economics has been awarded to Richard H. Thaler for “his contributions to behavioural economics”. Richard H. Thaler is a professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. More information can be found on the Nobel Prize organization’s web page. You can find the following …
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ICT4SDGs: ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody a universally shared vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings. The book, “ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation“, written by leading scholars and experts from around the world, aims to address the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas …
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