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Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It

by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel
(Princeton University Press)

Max Bazerman, the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, and his coauthor examine the ways we overestimate our ability to do what is right and how we act unethically without meaning to. They demonstrate how ethical standards shift, how we neglect to notice and act on the unethical behavior of others, and how compliance initiatives can actually promote unethical behavior. Suggesting innovative individual and group tactics for improving human judgment, the authors show how to secure a place for ethics in our workplaces, institutions, and daily lives.

Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

by Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback
(Harvard Business Review Press)

Becoming an effective manager is a difficult journey of trial and error, endless effort, and slowly acquired personal insight. Many managers never complete the journey. At best, they just learn to get by; at worst, they become mediocre bosses. Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration Linda Hill and Kent Lineback explain how to avoid that fate by mastering three imperatives: manage yourself (management isn’t about getting things done yourself, it’s about accomplishing things through others); manage a network (understand how power and influence work in your organization and build a network of mutually beneficial relationships to navigate your company’s complex political environment); and manage a team (forge a high-performing “we” out of all the “I”s who report to you).

The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development

by Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman
(MIT Press)

Josh Lerner, the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, and Mark Schanker-man draw on a large, new database (covering a range of countries in varying stages of development) to provide rigorous economic analysis and systematic economic evidence of the impact of open source software on consumers, firms, and economic development in general. The authors show that open source and proprietary software interact in sometimes unexpected ways and discuss the policy implications of these findings. In such chapters as “Software and Growth,” “The History of Open Source,” and “The Supply Side: Comingling Open Source and Proprietary Software,” they examine the ways in which software differs from other technologies in promoting economic development; what motivates individuals and firms to contribute to open source projects; how developers and users view the trade-offs between the two kinds of software; and how government policies can ensure that open source competes effectively with proprietary software and contributes to economic development.

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