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January 2019: New Titles

Get your New Year reading off to a strong start. New titles this month focus on harmful management practices, innovation, valuation, strategy and an acclaimed account of the financial crisis. Other titles not included here cover topics such as digital leadership, AI and coaching. You can browse through the full list of new titles here. You can also let us know here about any book suggestions you might have.

 

Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance -- And What We Can Do About It by Jeffrey Pfeffer.

Dying for a Paycheck is a clarion call for a social movement focused on human sustainability. Jeffrey Pfeffer marshals a vast trove of evidence and numerous examples from all over the world to expose the infuriating truth about modern work life: even as organizations allow management practices that literally sicken and kill their employees, those policies do not enhance productivity or the bottom line, thereby creating a lose-lose situation. [Adapted from publisher description]

Valuation : measuring and managing the value of companies

McKinsey & Company's #1 best-selling guide to corporate valuation, now in its sixth edition. This new edition provides insights on the strategic advantages of value-based management, complete detailed instruction, and nuances managers should know about valuation and valuation techniques as applied to different industries, emerging markets, and other special situations.

Transforming Nokia: The Power of Paranoid Optimism to Lead Through Colossal Change by Risto Siilasmaa, with Catherine Fredman

In 2008, Nokia was on top of the world, dominating the mobile phone universe. Four years later, the company was on verge of extinction, unable to compete against industry behemoths Apple and Android. Today, Nokia is number two in the $100 billion-dollar global wireless market. In Transforming Nokia, Chairman of the Board Risto Siilasmaa offers his firsthand account of the company’s dramatic fall and astonishing turnaround. [Author description]

Contemporary Strategy Analysis: Text and Cases by Robert M. Grant

In this new edition several topics have increased emphasis including:  platform-based competition and 'ecosystems' of related industries; the role of strategy making processes/practices; mergers, acquisitions and alliances; and additional emphasis on strategy implementation.  Cases are completely updated to include companies which are prominent in the business press and well known to students (eg Amazon, Tesla, Tough Mudder, Tata Group, Samsung). [Publisher description]

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze

From a prizewinning economic historian, an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis (and its ten-year aftermath) as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today. Listed as one of the top books of 2018 by, among others, The Economist and The New York Times. [Publisher description]

Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition That Is Shaping the Next Economy by Nathan Schneider

Nathan Schneider points to cooperates as an alternative in an era of economic disparity. Cooperatives are jointly owned, democratically controlled enterprises that advance the economic, social, and cultural interests of their members. They often emerge during moments of crisis not unlike our own, putting people in charge of the workplaces, credit unions, grocery stores, healthcare, and utilities they depend on. [Publisher description]

Planning Your Dissertation by Kate Williams

In a format similar to Reflective Writing this guide includes short, succinct chapters cover everything from devising a research question and engaging with the literature to choosing a methodology and structuring an argument. [Adapted from publisher description]