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The Decline & Fall of Europe

by Francesco M. Bongiovanni (MBA 1980)
(Palgrave Macmillan)

Bongiovanni gives an overview of the intractable challenges Europe faces today: the unsustainability of current entitlement levels, the question of Turkey’s accession, the seeds of social instability sown by decades of mismanaged immigration, lack of growth, and the threat of the euro bringing down the EU. The book offers a multidimensional, irreverent portrait of a decaying Europe and the causes and consequences of its decline.

Breakthrough Entrepreneurship: The Proven Framework for Building Brilliant New Ventures

by Jon Burgstone (MBA 1999) and Bill Murphy Jr.
(Farallon Publishing)

The authors explain the key common strategies and tactics used by some of today’s most extraordinary entrepreneurs and offer a seven-step framework for the efficient formation, preparation, and execution of tomorrow’s best innovations: Find and fill an important unmet customer need. Plan for profitability. Strive for sustainability. Establish credibility. Gather necessary resources. Lead and manage effectively. Maintain balance and learn to enjoy the ride.

A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs with Real Success

by Gerald Chertavian (MBA 1992)
(Viking Adult)

As a Big Brother, Chertavian saw how many young, disadvantaged, yet motivated workers were stranded at the bottom of the job ladder. In 2000, he dedicated his life to helping these youths and founded Year Up, which offers low-income young adults training, mentorship, internships, and real jobs. Today, Year Up serves more than 1,300 students in nine cities across the nation. The book follows a Year Up class from admissions through graduation.

Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told about the Economy Is Wrong

by Edward Conard (MBA 1982)
(Portfolio/Penguin)

To explain the causes of the US financial crisis, conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using predatory tactics to seduce homeowners into assuming unaffordable mortgages; Americans for borrowing and spending too much; and the Reagan and Bush administrations’ tax policies and deregulatory environment for encouraging risk-taking. Conard makes the contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps to take to start growing again.

Accountability: Angst, Awareness, Action

by Jay P. Desai (AMP 180, 2011)
(Pearson)

Accountability, the bedrock of governance, is under siege in India. Widespread unaccountability is preventing the country from unlocking its full economic and social potential.ÃÂ Desai discusses questions such as: Can accountability be measured? How does India’s accountability rank against other countries? Does accountability affect economic and social performance? He examines the mechanisms that hold governance institutions accountable, explains why many governance reforms are needed, and describes how accountability will play out in India over the next few decades.

Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms

by Abbie Griffin (MBA 1981), Raymond L. Price, and Bruce A. Vojak
(Stanford Business Books)

This book discusses the cutting-edge thinkers who repeatedly create and deliver breakthrough innovations and new products in large, mature organizations. The authors detail who these serial innovators are and how they develop novel products. Based on interviews with many of them and their coworkers and managers, the book reveals key insights about how to better understand, emulate, support, and manage these important individuals for long-term corporate success.

Managing Local Governments: Designing Management Control Systems that Deliver Value

by Emanuele Padovani and David W. Young (DBA 1977)
(Routledge)

The authors introduce new concepts and ways of doing business that can greatly improve local governmental services without costing taxpayers more. They discuss incorporating outcome indicators into strategic planning and budgeting; building a local government’s budget with cost drivers; expanding the concept of “enterprise funds”; assessing and better managing risks associated with outsourcing; and using “shadow pricing” to compare public- and private-sector costs for services.

Us + Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference

by Todd L. Pittinsky (PhDOB 2001)
(Harvard Business Review Press)

The theory and practice of leadership related to large and small groups have long adopted a “deficit model” for addressing prejudice, assuming that the best one can do is to try to eliminate it. In today’s globalized world where difference is a constant, however, Pittinsky recommends an alternative approach that builds interest, kinship, and engagement to open up new possibilities within and between groups.

Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business

by Anthony K. Tjan (MBA 1998), Richard J. Harrington, and Tsun-Yan Hsieh (MBA 1980)
(Harvard Business Review Press)

The authors (business leaders and entrepreneurs, now VC and CEO advisers) believe the four traits in the title (or HSGL) are critical for entrepreneurs. From their work with hundreds of business builders around the globe, they found that every one of their subjects possesses these attributes in some combination. They recommend that would-be entrepreneurs determine which of the traits drive them and the relative importance of each. By knowing their HSGL profile, entrepreneurs can improve their natural leadership style and interactions with others.


More Alumni Books

Untamed Places, Adventures in Mountains, Deserts, Jungles, Rivers, and Ruins

by Norman Brown (MBA 1958)
(Sunstone Press)

Life Insurance in Asia: Winning in the Next Decade. 2nd edition

by Stephan Binder and Joseph Luc Ngai (MBA 1999)
(Wiley)

In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership: Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God

by Mike Bonem (MBA 1985)
(Jossey-Bass)

The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen: A Novel

by Thomas Caplan (MBA 1970), with an introduction by Bill Clinton
(Viking Adult)

Influencing Up

by Allan R. Cohen (MBA 1961) and David L. Bradford
(Wiley)

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust

by Charles H. Green (MBA 1976) and Andrea P. Howe
(Wiley)

Twilight Reflections: Where the Elderly Find God

by Greg Hadley (OPM 5, 1981), helped by Kimi Tomaszek
(CreateSpace)

Swan Wait

by Gwen Keane (PMD 50, 1985)
(Keane Writers Publishing LLC)

The Best Book On Investment Banking Careers

by Donna Khalife (MBA 2011)
(Kindle edition)

Admitted: An Interactive Workbook for Getting Into a Top MBA Program

by Betsy Massar (1982), Francesca Di Meglio (consultant editor)
(BS Broads Publishing)

The Ramble in Central Park: A Wilderness West of Fifth

Photographed by Robert A. McCabe (MBA 1958)
(Abbeville Press)

The Charmer: The True Story of Robert Reldan—Rapist, Murderer, and Millionaire—and the Women Who Fell Victim to His Allure

by Richard Muti (MBA 1971) and Charles Buckley
(TitleTown Publishing)

Leverage (a thriller)

by Tom Spears (MBA 1991)
(CreateSpace)

Starting From Arkansas: Four Continents, Four Countries, Four Kids

by Robert B. Stobaugh (DBA 1968)
(Robert Stobaugh)

Prosper: Create the Life You Really Want

by Ethan Willis and Randy Garn (both OPM 39, 2010)
(Berrett-Koehler Publisher)

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