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S+b: Best Business Books 2019

Strategy+business has published its annual review of the year’s best business books. The selected subjects for this year were Narratives, Talent & Leadership, Technology & Innovation, Strategy, 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 …
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Connected strategy: building continuous customer relationships for competitive advantage by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Christian Terwiesch

Overview: Business Models for Transforming Customer Relationships What if there were a way to turn occasional, sporadic transactions with customers into long-term, continuous relationships—while simultaneously driving dramatic improvements in operational efficiency? What if you could break your existing trade-offs between superior customer experience and low cost? This is the promise of a connected strategy. New …
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Loonshots: how to nurture the crazy ideas that win wars, cure diseases, and transform industries by Safi Bahcall

Overview: What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water? In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical …
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The Anxious triumph: the making of global capitalism, 1880-1914 by Donald Sassoon

Overview: The long-awaited magnum opus of one of Britain’s most wide-ranging historians. Capitalist enterprise has existed in some form since ancient times, but the globalization and dominance of capitalism as a system began in the 1860s when, in different forms and supported by different political forces, states all over the world developed their modern political …
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Firefighting: the financial crisis and its lessons by Ben S. Bernanke, Timothy F. Geithner, and Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Overview: From the three primary architects of the American policy response to the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression, a magnificent big-picture synthesis–from why it happened to where we are now. In 2018, Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Hank Paulson came together to reflect on the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis ten years …
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Humble leadership: the powers of relationships, openness, and trust by Edgar H. Schein and Peter Schein

Overview: Bestselling author and father of organizational culture studies, Edgar Schein and Peter Schein trail-blaze with a creative perspective on leadership that encourages vulnerability and empathy as a form of strength. The more traditional forms of leadership that are based on static hierarchies and professional distance between leaders and followers are growing increasingly outdated and …
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The globotics upheaval: globalization, robotics, and the future of work by Richard Baldwin

Overview: At the root of inequality, unemployment, and populism are radical changes in the world economy. Digital technology is allowing talented foreigners to telecommute into our workplaces and compete for service and professional jobs. Instant machine translation is melting language barriers, so the ranks of these “tele-migrants” will soon include almost every educated person in …
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AI superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the new world order by Kai-Fu Lee

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace. In AI Superpowers, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us …
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The enlightened capitalists: cautionary tales of business pioneers who tried to do well by doing good by James O’Toole

Overview: An expert on ethical leadership analyzes the complicated history of business people who tried to marry the pursuit of profits with virtuous organizational practices—from British industrialist Robert Owen to American retailer John Cash Penney and jeans maker Levi Strauss to such modern-day entrepreneurs Anita Roddick and Tom Chappell. Today’s business leaders are increasingly pressured …
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The prosperity paradox by Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon

Overview: Clayton M. Christensen, the author of such business classics as The Innovator’s Dilemma and the New York Times bestseller How Will You Measure Your Life, and co-authors Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon reveal why so many investments in economic development fail to generate sustainable prosperity, and offers a groundbreaking solution for true and lasting change. …
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