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New Books February

New books this month focus on areas such as strategy, business models, knowledge management, entrepreneurship 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!

Tilt: shifting your strategy from products to customers / Niraj Dawar

Location: 658.818 DAW

"Upstream," product-related advantages are rapidly eroding. This does not mean that competitive advantage is a thing of the past. Rather, its center has shifted. As marketing professor Niraj Dawar compellingly argues, advantage is now found "downstream," where companies interact with customers in the marketplace. "Tilt" will help you grasp the global nature of this downstream shift and its profound implications for your strategy and your organization. (Harvard Business Review Press)

The big pivot: radically practical strategies for a hotter, scarcer, and more open world / Andrew S. Winston

 Location: 658.012.2 WIN

We live in a fundamentally changed world. It's time for your approach to strategy to change, too. The Big Pivot provides ten crucial strategies for leaders and companies ready to move boldly forward and win in this new reality. With concrete advice and tactics, and new stories from companies like BT, Diageo, Dow, Ford, Nike, Unilever, Walmart, and many others, The Big Pivot will help you, and all of us, create more resilient businesses and a more prosperous world. This book is the blueprint to get you started now. (andrewwinston.com)

Running lean: iterate from plan A to a plan that works / Ash Maurya

Location: 658.007.3 MAU

We live in an age of unparalleled opportunity for innovation. We’re building more products than ever before, but most of them fail—not because we can’t complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product. What we need is a systematic process for quickly vetting product ideas and raising our odds of success. That’s the promise of Running Lean. In this inspiring book, Ash Maurya takes you through an exacting strategy for achieving a "product/market fit" for your fledgling venture, based on his own experience in building a wide array of products from high-tech to no-tech. Throughout, he builds on the ideas and concepts of several innovative methodologies, including the Lean Startup, Customer Development, and bootstrapping. (oreilly.com)

Harvard Business Review on rebuilding your business model / Harvard Business Review

Location: 658.012.22 HBR

Revise your game plan--and profit from the change. If you need the best practices and ideas for creating business models that drive growth--but don't have time to find them--this book is for you. Here are 10 inspiring and useful perspectives, all in one place. This collection of HBR articles will help you: reinvent your business profitably, set your model up for success with a winning competitive strategy, test and change your assumptions about customers, spot trends that could transform your business, exploit disruptive technologies, give traditional offerings a shot in the arm, produce game changers for your industry or market, and build a new business in an established organization. (Harvard Business Review Press)

Critical knowledge transfer: tools for managing your companies’ deep smarts / Dorothy Leonard, Walter C. Swap and Gavin Barton

Location: 658.013:159.953.5 LEO

Based on original research, numerous interviews with top managers, and a wide range of corporate examples, "Critical Knowledge Transfer" provides a variety of practical options for identifying your firm's deep smarts and transferring that intelligence from experts to successors. "Critical Knowledge Transfer" will enable managers to: Determine the seriousness of their knowledge loss; Identify the deep smarts essential to their business; Utilize proven techniques for transferring knowledge when its loss is imminent; Identify and implement long-term transfer program apprenticeships; Set up individual learning plans for successors and Assess the success of their knowledge transfer initiatives. (Harvard Business Review Press)

Effectual entrepreneurship / Stuart Read, Saras Sarasvathy, Nick Dew, Robert Wiltbank and Anne-Valerie Ohlsson

Location: 658.007.3 REA

If you want to learn about entrepreneurship in a way that emphasizes action, this book is for you. If you have already launched your entrepreneurial career and are looking for new perspectives, this book is for you. Even if you are someone who feels your day job is no longer creating anything novel or valuable, and wonders how to change it, this book is for you. Anyone using entrepreneurship to create the change they want to see in the world will find a wealth of thought-provoking material, expert advice, and practical techniques inside. (Routledge)

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