This month, new books examine strategic planning, exponential organisations, the potential for development of the economy along more sustainable lines, and new applications of technology in the banking and finance sectors. Remember, you can suggest a book for purchase if you would like the library to stock it. Browse through the full list of new titles here.
Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organisations : a guide to strengthening and sustaining organisational achievement by John M. Bryson
Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations is the comprehensive, practical guide to building and sustaining a more effective organization. Solid strategy is now more important than ever, and this book provides a clear framework for designing and implementing an effective and efficient planning process. From identifying stakeholders and clarifying a shared vision, to implementing plans and revising strategies, the discussion covers all aspects of the process to help you keep your organization united and on track into the future. The field's leading authority shares insight, advice, helpful tools, and specific techniques, alongside a widely used and well-regarded approach to real-world planning.. [Publisher text]
Disrupting finance : fintech and strategy in the 21st century / edited by Theo Lynn, John G. Mooney, Pierangelo Rosati, Mark Cummins
This open access Pivot demonstrates how a variety of technologies act as innovation catalysts within the banking and financial services sector. Traditional banks and financial services are under increasing competition from global IT companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and PayPal whilst facing pressure from investors to reduce costs, increase agility and improve customer retention. Technologies such as blockchain, cloud computing, mobile technologies, big data analytics and social media therefore have perhaps more potential in this industry and area of business than any other. This book defines a fintech ecosystem for the 21st century, providing a state-of-the art review of current literature, suggesting avenues for new research and offering perspectives from business, technology and industry.  [Publisher Text]
Infonomics : how to monetize, manage, and measure information as an asset for competitive advantage by Douglas B. Laney
Infonomics is the theory, study and discipline of asserting economic significance to information. It strives to apply both economic and asset management principles and practices to the valuation, handling and deployment of information assets The three sections of the book explore how to put your information to work. Part I: Monetize Explores why information affords unique opportunities to be monetized both directly and indirectly, and provides a range of examples to help justify the business case for further deploying your organization’s (and others’) information. Part II: Manage Tackles the challenges and best practices for managing all forms of information as assets, including how to build an infosavvy organization. Part III: Measure Cuts through the real and perceived impediments to measuring information as an asset, providing specific valuation models adapting key economic principles to help you begin quantifying the various aspects and impact of your information assets.  [Adapted from Publisher Text]
Prosperity without growth : foundations for the economy of tomorrow by Tim Jackson
The publication of Prosperity without Growth was a landmark in the sustainability debate. Tim Jackson’s piercing challenge to conventional economics openly questioned the most highly prized goal of politicians and economists alike: the continued pursuit of exponential economic growth. Its findings provoked controversy, inspired debate and led to a new wave of research building on its arguments and conclusions. This substantially revised and re-written edition updates those arguments and considerably expands upon them. Jackson demonstrates that building a ‘post-growth’ economy is a precise, definable and meaningful task. Starting from clear first principles, he sets out the dimensions of that task: the nature of enterprise; the quality of our working lives; the structure of investment; and the role of the money supply. He shows how the economy of tomorrow may be transformed in ways that protect employment, facilitate social investment, reduce inequality and deliver both ecological and financial stability. [Publisher Text]
Exponential transformation : evolve your organization (and change the world) with a 10-week ExO sprint by Francisco Palao, Michelle Lapierre and Salim Ismail
Today’s top business challenge is adapting to accelerating technological and global change. In his bestselling book Exponential Organizations, author Salim Ismail described a new type of organization that thrives amidst industry disruption. Since then, he has helped organizations disrupt their own industries—by applying Exponential Organization (ExO) principles. From this work emerged the 10-week transformation process explained in this book, called the ExO Sprint. Exponential Transformation is the detailed implementation handbook for becoming an Exponential Organization. The book enables organizations to speed up their transformation and overcome the obstacles to success. [Publisher text]
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