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New Books April

New books this month focus on areas such as business plans, strategy, organisational design, business models, digital strategy and more. The titles listed below are only a small section of the new additions. If you wish to borrow any of the books listed or find out what other fascinating titles are available, please get in touch!

Strategy builder: how to create and communicate more effective strategies / Stephen Cummings and Duncan Angwin (Wiley)

Location: 658.012.2 CUM

YOUR STRATEGY HAS SEVEN SECONDS TO CAPTIVATE ITS AUDIENCE… So how are you going to present it?

The best way to engage and involve people is through pictures. Strategy Builder shows you how to creatively combine the best strategy frameworks to orient and animate strategy discussion and development in your team. This visual, interactive guide, with illustrations by Visory, uses real world examples and practical tips to help you:

Discover the five key foundations that every strategy should be built upon

Draw compelling and unique pictures that capture your organization’s distinct strategies

Develop your skills as a leader of strategy discussion

The business plan workbook: a practical guide to new venture creation and development / Colin Barrow, Paul Barrow and Robert Brown (Kogan Page)

Location: 658.012.22 BAR

Based on methodology developed at Cranfield School of Management, The Business Plan Workbook takes a practical approach to topic of business planning for new venture creation and development. Equally suitable for a range of academic and professional courses and for those developing small businesses, it takes the reader through 29 assignments to help you create and present your business plan, from learning how to create a competitive business strategy through to forecasting sales volume and value.

The business of sharing: making it in the new sharing economy / Alex Stephany (Palgrave)

Location: 316.324.8 STE

Written by one of the business leaders of the movement, The Business of Sharing is an insider's guide to the sharing economy: for anyone thinking of entering the sharing economy and profiting from the upheavals ahead. From the boardroom of Sequoia Capital to 10 Downing Street, Stephany meets the powerbrokers pulling the strings in this new economy. This critically acclaimed new book includes colorful original interviews with entrepreneurs like the founders of Airbnb and Zipcar and the world's top venture capitalists, plus case studies of major brands from around the world.

The Economist guide to organization design: creating high-performing and adaptable enterprises / Naomi Stanford (Profile Books)

Location: 658.014 STA

This revised and updated Economist Guide shows how leaders should think about and implement the design of a company, using five easy-to-use guiding principles:

Design a company around its strategy and the operating context, not for ulterior or non-business reasons; - Think holistically - don't restructure just one division without taking into account other operations; - Consider future markets, customers and trends, not just what works best now. (Profile Books)

Gear up: test your business model potential and plan your path to success / Lena Ramfelf, Jonas Kjellberg and Tom Kosnik (Wiley)

Location: 658.012.22 RAM

Big, bright and brilliant, Gear Up is an engaging and practical workbook for anyone looking to pursue a fresh business opportunity or grow an existing one. Developed at Harvard Business School and Stanford University, it's a bootcamp with clear, easy-to-follow steps to test your business idea, assess its potential and make it work! Based on a revolutionary 9-component framework, Gear Up offers entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, innovative executives and business students a toolkit to bring their ideas to life and transform them into high potential ventures.

Leading digital strategy: driving business growth through effective e-commerce / Christopher Bones (Kogan Page)

Location: 658.012.2 BON

Drawing on experience in consulting to large complex organisations and ground-breaking primary research with senior executives from leading corporations, Leading Digital Strategy creates a convincing case for action and offers practical strategies, methodologies and models to improve the effectiveness of a company's online offering. It explores how to align organizational structure with wider goals and implement a customer-centric culture. With coverage of the key digital trends, tools and technologies affecting business today, it provides a practical framework for multi-channel success.

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