Book Reviews

10 Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution

By Vijay Govindarajan and
Chris Trimble
Harvard Business School Press, 2005
252 pages, $29.95

A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation

By Richard Bookstaber
John Wiley & Sons, 2007, 288 pages

A Sense of Urgency

By John P. Kotter
Harvard Business Press, 2008, 208 pages

Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business and Market Cycles

By Joseph H. Ellis
Harvard Business School Press, 2005
300 pages, $29.95

Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters

By Barbara Kellerman
Harvard Business School Press, 2004
282 pages, $26.95

Beating the Commodity Trap: How to Maximize Your Competitive Position and Increase Your Pricing Power

By Richard A. D’Aveni
Harvard Business Press, 2010, 208 pages

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

By W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
Harvard Business School Press, 2005
272 pages, $27.95

Built for Growth: Expanding Your Business Around the Corner or Across the Globe

By Arthur Rubinfeld and Collins Hemingway
Wharton School Publishing, 2005
368 pages, $25.95

But Wait…There’s More! Tighten Your Abs, Make Millions, and Learn How the $100 Billion Infomercial Industry Sold Us Everything but the Kitchen Sink

By Remy Stern
Collins Business, 2009, 272 pages

Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning

By Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris
Harvard Business School Press, 2007
234 pages

Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom

By Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap
Harvard Business School Press, 2005
288 pages, $29.95

Doing What Matters: How to Get Results That Make a Difference — The Revolutionary Old-School Approach

By James M. Kilts with John F. Manfredi and Robert L. Lorber
Crown Business, 2007, 334 pages

Dragons at Your Door: How Chinese Cost Innovation Is Disrupting Global Competition

By Ming Zeng and Peter J. Williamson
Harvard Business School Press, 2007
240 pages

Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership

By Paul R. Lawrence
Jossey-Bass, 2010

Earth, Inc.: Using Nature’s Rules to Build Sustainable Profits

By Gregory Unruh
Harvard Business Press, 2010

Einstein: His Life and Universe

By Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, 2007, 704 pages

Fallen Giant: The Amazing Story of Hank Greenberg and the History of AIG

By Ron Shelp with Al Ehrbar
Wiley, 2006
228 pages

Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels, Falcks, and the Continental European Model

By Harold James
Belknap Harvard, 2006
446 pages, $39.95

Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound after Career Disasters

By Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and
Andrew Ward
Harvard Business School Press, 2007
306 pages

Forced Ranking: Making Performance Management Work

By Dick Grote
Harvard Business School Press, 2005
276 pages, $35.00

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

By Jessica Livingston
Apress, 2007
470 pages

Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature Is at Odds with Economics — and Why It Matters

By Peter A. Ubel
Harvard Business Press, 2009, 272 pages

Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change

By Bob Seidensticker
Berrett-Koehler, 2006
272 pages, $15.95

Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion

By Steven M. Davidoff
John Wiley & Sons, 2009, 384 pages

Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us about Success and Failure

By Andreas Kluth
Riverhead Books, 2012

How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In

By Jim Collins
HarperCollins, 2009, 240 pages

Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique

By Michael S. Gazzaniga
Ecco, 2008, 464 pages

Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being

By George A. Akerlof and Rachel E. Kranton
Princeton University Press, 2010

Inside Project Red Stripe: Incubating Innovation and Teamwork at the Economist

By Andrew Carey
Triarchy Press, 2008, 232 pages

Jacked Up: The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the World’s Greatest Company

By Bill Lane
McGraw-Hill, 2008, 336 pages

Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox

By Charles D. Ellis
Wiley, 2006
414 pages, $27.95

Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job

By Dennis W. Bakke
PVG, 2005
336 pages, $24.95

Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors

By Evan I. Schwartz
Harvard Business School Press, 2004
238 pages, $24.95

Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work

By Tad Waddington
Agate Publishing, 2007, 128 page

Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together

By James P. Womack and
Daniel T. Jones
Free Press, 2005
366 pages, $30.00

Made in China: What Western Managers Can Learn from Trailblazing Chinese Entrepreneurs

By Donald N. Sull with Yong Wang
Harvard Business School Press, 2005
256 pages, $35.00

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

By Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Random House, 2007
304 pages

Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science

By Charles S. Jacobs
Portfolio, 2009, 216 pages

Masters of Management: How Business Gurus and Their Ideas Have Changed the World – For Better and For Worse

By Adrian Wooldridge
HarperBusiness, 2011

Michael O’Leary: A Life in Full Flight: The Story of the Man Who Made Ryanair Take Off

By Alan Ruddock
Penguin Ireland (available through specialty retailers), 2007, 448 pages

Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America’s Big Three Auto Makers – GM, Ford, and Chrysler

By Bill Vlasic
William Morrow, 2011

Pay without Performance: The Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation

By Lucian Bebchuk and Jesse Fried
Harvard University Press, 2004
294 pages, $24.95

Power: Why Some People Have It — and Others Don’t

By Jeffrey Pfeffer
HarperBusiness, 2010

Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself

By William C. Taylor
William Morrow, 2011

Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature

By Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.
Harvard Business School Press, 2006
232 pages, $26.95

Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter

By Pankaj Ghemawat
Harvard Business School Press, 2007, 272 pages

Reinventing the CFO: How Financial Managers Can Transform Their Roles and Add Greater Value

By Jeremy Hope
Harvard Business School Press, 2006
272 pages, $29.95

Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business without Losing Your Self

By Alan M. Webber
Harper Business, 2009, 286 pages

Shift: Inside Nissan’s Historic Revival

By Carlos Ghosn and Philippe Riès
Currency/Doubleday, 2005
256 pages, $25.95

Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth

By Edward D. Hess
Columbia University Press, 2010

Stall Points: Most Companies Stop Growing — Yours Doesn’t Have To

By Matthew S. Olson and Derek Van Bever
Yale University Press, 2008, 256 pages

Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World

By Michael A. Cusumano
Oxford University Press, 2010

Strategy Bites Back: It’s Far More, and Less, Than You Ever Imagined

By Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel
Prentice Hall, 2005
296 pages, $29.95

Taking Advice: How Leaders Get Good Counsel and Use It Wisely

By Dan Ciampa
Harvard Business School Press,
220 pages, $26.95

The (Mis)behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin, and Reward

By Benoit Mandelbrot and Richard L. Hudson
Perseus, 2004
328 pages, $27.50

The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results

By Stephen Bungay
Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

By Marc Levinson
Princeton University Press, 2006
392 pages, $24.95

The Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies

By Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, and Ava Seave
Portfolio, 2009, 318 pages

The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters

By Diane Coyle
Princeton University Press, 2011

The Future of Management

By Gary Hamel with Bill Breen
Harvard Business School Press, 2007, 288 pages

The G Quotient: Why Gay Executives Are Excelling as Leaders…and What Every Manager Needs to Know

By Kirk Snyder
Jossey-Bass, 2006
206 pages, $24.95

The Greed Merchants: How Investment Banks Played the Free-Market Game

By Philip Augar
Portfolio, 2005
258 pages, $24.95

The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession

By Richard C. Koo
Wiley, 2008, 312 pages

The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

By Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen
Harvard Business Review Press, 2011

The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work

By Scott D. Anthony, Mark W. Johnson, Joseph V. Sinfield, and Elizabeth J. Altman
Harvard Business Press, 2008, 320 pages

The Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth

By Michael E. Raynor
Crown Business

The Leaders We Need, and What Makes Us Follow

By Michael Maccoby
Harvard Business School Press, 2007, 272 pages

The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong

By Matthew Stewart
W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 352 pages

The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success through Faith and Family

By Jeff Benedict
Warner Business Books, 2007, 256 pages

The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business

By Umair Haque
Harvard Business Review Press, 2011

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results

By George Bradt, Jayme A. Check, and Jorge Pedraza
Wiley, 2006
240 pages, $25.95

The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win through Integrative Thinking

By Roger L. Martin
Harvard Business School Press, 2007, 222 pages

The Origin of Financial Crises: Central Banks, Credit Bubbles and the Efficient Market Fallacy

By George Cooper
Vintage Books, 2008, 204 pages

The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson

By Roger Knight
Basic Books, 2005
910 pages, $35.00

The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

By Scott Patterson
Crown Business, 2009, 352 pages

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

By Matt Ridley
HarperCollins, 2010

The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back on Top

By Matthew Bishop and Michael Green
Crown Business, 2010

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

By Nicholas G. Carr
W.W. Norton, 2010

The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times

By Scott D. Anthony
Harvard Business Press, 2009,
220 pages

The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies

By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
Bloomsbury Press, 2010

The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads Corporations to Failure (And What to Do about It)

By Michael E. Raynor
Doubleday, 2007
320 pages

The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads Corporations to Failure (And What to Do about It)

By Michael E. Raynor
Doubleday, 2007
320 pages

The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It

By Robert J. Shiller
Princeton University Press, 2008, 208 pages

The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

By Michael J. Mauboussin
Harvard Business Review Press

The Turnaround Kid: What I Learned Rescuing America’s Most Troubled Companies

By Steve Miller
HarperCollins, 2008, 272 pages

The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management: Lasting Lessons from the Best Leadership Minds of Our Time

By Alan Murray
HarperBusiness, 2010

The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations

By James Surowiecki
Doubleday, 2004
296 pages, $24.95

Then We Set His Hair on Fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall-of-Fame Career in Advertising

By Phil Dusenberry
Portfolio, 2005
304 pages, $24.95

Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

By Michael J. Mauboussin
Harvard Business Press, 2009, 224 pages

Toyota under Fire: Lessons for Turning Crisis into Opportunity

By Jeffrey K. Liker and Timothy N. Ogden
McGraw-Hill, 2011

Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Growth

By Chris Zook
Harvard Business School Press, 2007
208 pages

Why GM Matters: Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon

By William J. Holstein
Walker Publishing Company, 2009, 284 pages

Winning Investors Over: Surprising Truths about Honesty, Earnings Guidance, and Other Ways to Boost Your Stock Price

By Baruch Lev

Harvard Business Review Press, 2012

You’re in Charge — Now What? The 8-Point Plan

By Thomas J. Neff and James M. Citrin
Crown Business, 2005
320 pages, $25.00