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April 2018: New Titles

New titles this month touch on AI, the Internet of Things, resilience, performance and strategy.

All of our recent titles can be seen listed in order of acquisition here.

Remember, you can put holds on anything, whether it is checked out or on the shelf, to request it from the library.

 

Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach by Michael Neenan

Developing Resilience shows how people can find constructive ways of dealing with hard times by using the ideas and techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy. This book is aimed at anyone interested in learning more about resilience, particularly mental health professionals, coaches and therapists looking for guidance in helping their clients to cope better with adversity. [adapted from publisher description]

Mind+Machine: A Decision Model for Optimizing and Implementing Analytics by Marc Vollenweider

This book is designed to show decision makers how to get the most out of every level of data analytics, this book explores the extraordinary potential to be found in a model where human ingenuity and skill are supported with cutting-edge tools, including automations. [adapted from publisher description]

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI by H. James Wilson and Paul R. Daugherty

Paul Daugherty and Jim Wilson are Accenture leaders. Based on their experience and new research with 1,500 organizations, their book reveals how companies are using the new rules of AI to leap ahead on innovation and profitability, as well as what you can do to achieve similar results. It describes six entirely new types of hybrid human + machine roles that every company must develop, and it includes a "leader's guide" with the five crucial principles required to become an AI-fueled business. [adapted from Accenture description]

WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us by Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. In this book - part memoir, business strategy guide, and call to action - he explores the upside and the potential downsides of today's WTF? technologies. He shares the techniques he has used at O’Reilly Media  to make sense of and predict past innovation waves and applies those same techniques to provide a framework for thinking about how today’s world-spanning platforms and networks, on-demand services, and artificial intelligence are changing the nature of business, education, government, financial markets, and the economy as a whole. [adapted from publisher description]

Human Resource Management in Ireland by Patrick Gunnigle, Noreen Heraty & Michael J. Morley

Written by leading business and management academics from the University of Limerick and now in its fifth edition, this book draws on contemporary research evidence and data on human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) in Ireland, while also incorporating key international advancements in the field. [adapted from publisher description]

The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller

Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test." Complete with a checklist of when and how to use metrics, The Tyranny of Metrics is pitched as a corrective to a rarely questioned trend that increasingly affects us all. [adapted from publisher description]

Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, and Dennis Carey

Typical talent-planning and HR processes are designed for predictable environments, traditional ways of getting work done, and organizations where "lines and boxes" still define how people are managed. Work and organizations have become more fluid. Turning conventional views on their heads, talent and leadership experts Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, and Dennis Carey provide leaders with a new and different playbook for acquiring, managing, and deploying talent for today's agile, digital, analytical, technologically driven strategic environment. [adapted from publisher description]

Meltdown: Why our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It by Christopher Clearfield, Andras Tilcsik

Winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize, this is a groundbreaking take on how complexity causes failure in all kinds of modern systems–from social media to air travel–this practical and entertaining book reveals how we can prevent meltdowns in business and life. It reveals why ugly designs make us safer, how a five-minute exercise can prevent billion-dollar catastrophes, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity is one of our best safeguards against failure. [adapted from publisher description]

The Inversion Factor: How to Thrive in the IoT Economy by Linda Bernardi, Sanjay Sarma, and Kenneth Traub

In the past, companies found success with a product-first orientation; they made a thing that did a thing. The Inversion Factor explains why the companies of today and tomorrow will have to abandon the product-first orientation. The authors explain how the introduction of “smart” objects connected by the Internet of Things signals fundamental changes for business. [adapted from publisher text]

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick: People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, Sven Smit

McKinsey Partners Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt and Sven Smit address the social dynamics in your strategy room and outline eight practical shifts to help you unlock bigger, bolder, better strategies. This book shows you how to break through inertia, gamesmanship and risk aversion to mitigate human biases and manage group dynamics. [adapted from publisher description]