01 Dec 2010

Additional alumni books for your consideration.

Re: Mark Chussil (MBA 1979); Greg Dyke (AMP 105); Dick LeFave (AMP 164); Charlene Li (MBA 1993); Pam Meyer (MBA 1986); Adrian Ott (MBA 1987); John Travers (MBA 2002); Inder Sidhu (AMP 161); Jack Reed (MBA 1977); Mike Preis (MBA 1972)


The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work

by Cathleen Benko (MBA ’89) and Molly Anderson
(Harvard Business Review Press)

The authors argue that a lattice model rather than the corporate ladder is better suited for today’s less hierarchical business environment, where the nature of work is more virtual, collaborative, and transparent, information flows every which way, careers zig and zag, and work is what you do, not where you go.

A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy

by Amar Bhidé (MBA ’79, DBA ’88)
(Oxford University Press)

Resisting the impulse for drastic change, Bhidé offers a blueprint for correcting the historic misalignment between the numbers-driven financial sector and the innovation-driven “real economy.” He advocates tough, straightforward limits on the activities of commercial banks and financial instruments such as money-market funds.

Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink: Why 40% of Your Business Is Unprofitable, and How to Fix It

by Jonathan L.S. Byrnes (DBA ’80)
(Penguin Portfolio)

Given the uncomfortable truth that it’s possible, even easy, to have every manager meet or exceed budget targets and for the company to still lose money, Byrnes explains how managers can rethink their business for maximum profit. Along the way, he punctures such harmful myths as revenues are good, costs are bad; all customers should get the same great service; and if all do their jobs well, the company will prosper.

Profiting from the World’s Economic Crisis: Finding Investment Opportunities by Tracking Global Market Trends

by Bud Conrad (MBA ’71)

Conrad predicts a rough road ahead, due to economic imbalances that have built up over the past decade, and reveals how to prosper during these difficult times by tracking global market trends and finding investment opportunities — such as gold, interest rates, currency, and commodities — that match those trends.

Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood

by Amy Eschliman (MBA ’99) and Leigh Oshirak
(Avery Trade)

A survival guide for working mothers who want real answers, not mommy manifestos or sappy sentiments about finding “balance,” this book is filled with bitterly funny topics like “Congratulations! Now, where do I slot ‘baby’ in Outlook?”, “The breastaurant is open for business: the pump and grind of nursing after you return to work,” and “You are not your husband’s mother!”

Fair Pay, Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay

by Robin A. Ferracone (MBA ’80)

Using her database of executive pay across 44,000 companies, broken down by company performance, company revenue, and industry, Ferracone provides boards and individuals evaluating executive pay with the ability to analytically determine an appropriate compensation package.

The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge

by Vijay Govindarajan (MBA ’76, DBA ’78) and Chris Trimble
(Harvard Business Review Press)

Most companies emphasize generating big ideas rather than executing them. “Ideating” is energizing and glamorous; execution seems humdrum. Drawing on examples from innovators as diverse as Allstate, BMW, Nucor, and Timberland, the authors reveal how to execute an innovation initiative, whether a simple project or a grand gamble.

Money Mavericks: Confessions of a Hedge Fund Manager

by Lars Kroijer (MBA ’98)
(FT Prentice Hall)

Kroijer charts the founding, rise, and eventual closure of Holte Capital., a London-based hedge fund that he founded in 2002. He addresses the myths and misperceptions that surround hedge funds, one of them being that the funds were driven by meticulously planned and well-coordinated malign forces.

Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More

by Stever Robbins (MBA ’91)
(St. Martin’s Press)

Robbins offers time-saving tips for getting organized and staying focused. Among other things, he recommends beating procrastination by working on large, overwhelming projects in small, finite periods of time; reviewing technology to make sure it’s not making more work; and cutting out small talk.

CEO Priorities: Master the Art of Surviving at the Top

by Neil Giarratana (MBA ’65)
(Career Press)

Giarratana lays out a top executive’s priorities — the key areas that must be handled well — and explains in detail how to do it. He offers advice on such critical tasks as ending divisive office politics, fast-tracking new product development, handling a bad quarter, successfully changing the company culture, and introducing a new business model.

Nice Start: Questions Only You Can Answer to Create the Life Only You Can Live

by Mark Chussil (MBA ’79)
(Inkwater Press)

Inside Story

By Greg Dyke (AMP 105, 1989)
(HarperCollins UK)

An IT Tale: A Program Manager's Journey

by Dick LeFave (AMP 164, 2003) with Mark Hayward and Edward J. Finegold
(Dog Ear Publishing LLC)

Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead

by Charlene Li (MBA ‘93)

Lie Spotting

by Pam Meyer (MBA ’86)
(St. Martin’s Press)

The 24-Hour Customer: New Rules for Winning in a Time-Starved, Always-Connected Economy

by Adrian C. Ott (MBA ’87)
(Harper Business)

101 Things I Learned in Business School

by Michael W. Preis (MBA ’72) and Matthew Frederick
(Grand Central Publishing)

How to Protect Your Life Savings from Hyperinflation & Depression

by John T. Reed (MBA ’77)
(John T. Reed Publishing)

Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players

by Aamir Rehman (MBA ’04)

Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit & Drives Tomorrow's Growth

by Inder Sidhu (AMP 161, 2001)
(FT Press)

Green & Gold: Ireland, a Clean Energy World Leader?

By John Travers (MBA ’02)
(The Collins Press)

Featured Alumni

Featured Alumni

Class of MBA 1989, Section C
Class of MBA 1979, Section A
Class of DBA 1980
Class of MBA 1971, Section D
Class of MBA 1976, Section A
follow @vgovindarajan
Class of MBA 1965, Section B
Class of MBA 1991, Section C
follow @GetItDoneGuy
Class of MBA 1998, Section E
follow @larskroijer
Class of MBA 1980, Section B

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