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New Books March

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

The trend management toolkit: a practical guide to the future / Anne Lisekjaer

Location: 658.8.012.2 LIS

In a fast moving world, businesses need to keep up with data analysis and pattern spotting to identify future opportunities. Anne Lise Kjaer presents a unique methodology for global trend spotting along with practical tools and approaches to help companies and organizations analyse market changes and determine the way ahead. The toolkit includes features such as 'How to create your own Trend Atlas' and 'How to Use Trends in Action', alongside case studies and profiles of previous research projects for major organizations. She encourages readers to become market leaders rather than followers, by developing a 'future-orientated mindset' to interpret contradictive influences and identify trends as they emerge. (palgrave.com)

Not knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity / Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner

Location: 159.9 DSO

In order to thrive in uncertain times, this fascinating book proposes we head, uncomfortably, towards the unknown, rather than away from it. By developing a unique relationship with Not Knowing we discover a new way of living, working and succeeding in our modern world. This book re-frames the concept of Not Knowing, from being in a fearful place of weakness and ignorance, moving to something we must engage with personally. It introduces us to a new paradigm, where Not Knowing becomes an exciting opportunity, where we are no longer limited by what we already know and our habitual reactions to things that life throws at us, so that deeper knowing can emerge, full of rich possibilities and wisdom. (notknowingbook.com)

Business model innovation: concepts, analysis and cases / Allan Afuah

Location: 658.012.22 AFU

Rooted in strategic management research, Business Model Innovation explores the concepts, tools, and techniques that enable organizations to gain and/or maintain a competitive advantage in the face of technological innovation, globalization, and an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy. The book investigates how organizations can use innovations in business models to take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities. The book also looks at the ways firms can use innovations in business models to exploit or defend against threats. With twelve supplementary cases to help readers apply the concepts and techniques, this book is a must-have for anyone looking to understand the fundamentals of business model innovation. (Routledge)

Thinkers 50 - Strategy: the art and science of strategy creation and execution / Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

Location: 658.012.2 CRA

The ability to strategize is one of the most vital talents of any manager--whether you run your own business, manage a small department, or sit at the helm of a global corporation. And the more competitive business gets, the more important clear, creative strategic thinking is. Revealing breakthrough concepts from today's most innovative business minds, Thinkers50 Strategy helps you seize the competitive edge by arming you with the very latest thinking in business strategy. Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, begin by tackling the foundational question "What is strategy?" using the ideas and concepts of thought leaders from the Thinkers50 list. From there, they provide unparalleled insight into modern strategic management in easy-to-understand language (Google Books)

Thinkers 50 – Management: cutting edge thinking to engage and motivate your employees for success / Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

Location: 658 CRA

Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, creators of Thinkers50, begin by providing a thorough definition of management. Thinkers50 Management then reveals the most innovative management theories and insights from today's leading academics and practitioners. Whether you're facing current management challenges in our fast-paced global economy or are aspiring to rise in the ranks to become a successful manager, Thinkers50 Management gives you the insight and knowledge you need to excel in today's highly competitive business (Google Books)

The business model navigator: 55 models that will revolutionise your business / Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger and Michaela Csik

Location: 658.012.22 GRA

A strong business model is the bedrock to business success. But all too often, we fail to adapt, clinging to outdated business models that are no longer delivering the results we need. The brains behind The Business Model Navigator have discovered that just 55 business models are responsible for 90% of our most successful businesses. These 55 models – from the Add-On model used by Ryanair to the Subscription model used by Spotify – provide the blueprints you need to revolutionise your business, spark innovation and drive powerful change. As well as providing a practical framework for adapting and innovating your business model, this book also includes each of the 55 models in a quick-read format. (Pearson)

20 minute manager: finance basics / Harvard Business Review Press

Location: 658.15 HBR

Intimidated by corporate finance? The numbers (and the jargon) can feel overwhelming-but you have to understand them to manage effectively. Finance Basics explains the fundamentals simply and quickly, introducing you to key terms and conceptssuch as: (1) How to navigate financial statements, (2) How to weigh costs and benefits, (3) What's involved in budgeting and forecasting, and (4) How to gauge a company's financial health. (Harvard Business Review)

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