Writers on Writers: Best Business Books

stack of booksWinter is prime time for business journalists to announce the best books of the year.  Forbes, Inc., Business Insider, Amazon, Goodreads – and now a new journal in the Ford Library, strategy+business by PwC – all publish lists of the best books for business people.

The books cited in this post are from PwC’s strategy+business list.  Readers who want to read complete reviews by business writers (editors, authors, columnists) in print can find them in strategy+business in the Leadership & Management journal section of the Ford Library.   The books below are available in various formats (ebooks, audiobooks, print) through the Duke libraries online catalog. Click the the title to see the available formats.

Topic: Strategy

Business strategy: managing uncertainty, opportunity, and enterprise by J.C. Spender

Fewer, bigger, bolder: from mindless expansion to focused growth by Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney

Accelerate: building strategic agility for a faster-moving world by John P. Kotter

Topic: Marketing

Tilt: shifting your strategy from products to customers by Niraj Dawar

Connected by design: 7 principles for business transformation through functional integration by Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman

Romancing the brand: how brands create strong, intimate relationships with consumers by Tim Halloran

Topic: Self-Improvement

Left brain, right stuff: how leaders make winning decisions by Phil Rosenzweig

Moment of clarity: using the human sciences to solve your toughest business problems by Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel B. Rasmussen

It’s not the how or the what but the who: succeed by surrounding yourself with the best by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz

Topic: Organizational Culture

Joy, inc.: how we built a workplace people love by Richard Sheridan

The moment you can’t ignore: when big trouble leads to a great future by Malachi O’Connor and Barry Dornfeld

The circle by Dave Eggers

Topic: Innovation

The second machine age: work, progress and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Social physics: how good ideas spread – the lessons from a new science by Alex “Sandy” Pentland

How Google works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

Topic: Sustainability

Responsible leadership: lessons from the front line of sustainability and ethics by Mark Moody-Stuart

How the poor can save capitalism: rebuilding the path to the middle class by John Hope Bryant

The big pivot: radically practical strategies for a hotter, scarcer, and more open world by Andrew S. Winston

Topic: Economics

Capital in the 21st century by Thomas Piketty

Age of ambition: chasing fortune, truth and faith in the new China by Evan Osnos

Stress test:  reflections on financial crises by Tim Geithner

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