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The New Science of Retailing: How Analytics Are Transforming the Supply Chain and Improving Performance

by Marshall Fisher and Ananth Raman
(Harvard Business Press)

Professor Raman and his coauthor explain how to use analytics to better manage inventory for faster turnover, fewer discounted offerings, and fatter profit margins. Featuring case studies from around the world, this book shows how to mine sales data to identify “home-run” products, reinvent forecasting and pricing strategies, and extract maximum value from technologies such as point-of-sale scanners.

Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance

by Boris Groysberg
(Princeton University Press)

Many firms try to buy star performers by luring them away from competitors. But after examining the careers of over 1,000 star analysts on Wall Street, Associate Professor Groysberg comes to a striking conclusion: Star analysts who change firms suffer an immediate, lasting decline in perfor-mance. He also explores how some Wall Street research departments are successfully growing, retaining, and deploying their own stars.

International Differences in Entrepreneurship

edited by Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar
(University of Chicago Press)

This compilation of articles explains how a country’s institutional differences and cultural considerations affect the role that entrepreneurs play in its economy. The contributors consider how environmental factors of individual economies, such as market regulation, government subsidies for banks, and support for entrepreneurial culture, affect this industry and the impact that entrepreneurs have on growth in emerging economies.

The Big Ditch: How America Took, Built, Ran, and Ultimately Gave Away the Panama Canal

by Noel Maurer and Carlos Yu
(Princeton University Press)

Associate Professor Maurer and his coauthor chronicle the canal’s economic and political history, from the great economic dividends of its first quarter-century to the turnover of the canal to Panama in 1999. The United States had run the canal as a public utility, but the Panamanian government has run it as a for-profit corporation, increasing safety and decreasing costs along the way.

Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face — and What to Do About It

by Richard S. Tedlow
(Portfolio)

Professor emeritus Tedlow deals with two of the biggest problems in business: Why do sane, smart leaders often refuse to accept the facts that threaten their companies? And how do they find the courage to resist denial when facing new trends, changing markets, and tough new competitors?

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