Category Archives: Books and libraries

The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

The World Bank has recently published “The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces”. In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of the city’s total land area, on average. Despite …
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Range: how generalists triumph in a specialized world by David Epstein

Overview: The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more. Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, …
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The age of surveillance capitalism : the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power by Shoshana Zuboff

Overview: The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism,” and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named …
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The World in 2020 by The Economist

The World in 2020 will build on more than three decades of publishing success: this will be the 34th edition. It will look ahead to America’s presidential election, a landmark year for China, the next stage of the Brexit saga, the Olympics in Tokyo, the World Expo in Dubai, technological excitements from flying cars to Mars …
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Nine lies about work: a freethinking leader’s guide to the real world by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

Overview: Forget what you know about the world of work You crave feedback. Your organization’s culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. Your competencies should be measured and your weaknesses shored up. Leadership is a thing. These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they’re lies. …
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The year’s winner of “The FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2019” is Invisible women: data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado-Perez

Overview: Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are …
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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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