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Our Faculty Have Recommended The Following Books To Help Continue Your Management Education
John Hoffman’s Booklist
Education does not end with graduation. I hope you will see that there is great value to life long learning. Below I have listed books that I have found to be helpful or that are on my reading list for “someday”.
- The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman, 2005
Friedman describes how the world has shrunk (flattened) – connected in a way never seen before. His political biases occasionally detract. Cheer or ignore the diatribes, but pay close attention to the meat. If you haven’t read it you are at a competitive disadvantage!
- Tearing Down the Walls, Monica Langley, 2003
The story of Sandy Weill’s rise to the top of the financial world. An extraordinary look at the financial services industry. You will learn much about mergers and acquisitions. Chapter 6 provides an outstanding summary of techniques for turning around a company in decline.
- The Mind of the Strategist, Kenichi Ohmae, 1982
A “how-to” book that has some surprisingly good insights, particularly about asking the right question.
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Restoring the Character Ethic, Stephen Covey, 1989
A great tool for developing your understanding of what is most important in your life. A framework for values and principles from the stand point of more or less universal human truths. Also a great reference to develop time management skills.
- Out of the Crisis, W. Edwards Deming, 1986
Deming’s theory of management – based on his 14 points. Management must be judged by its innovative plans to stay in business, protect investment, ensure future dividends, and provide more jobs through improved products and services.
- Raving Fans, Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, 1993
This classic work explains the secrets of customer satisfaction in clear, unambiguous, and implementable terms. Blanchard also wrote One Minute Manager, which is also helpful.
- Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi, 2005
The secret of success is built one relationship at a time. It is a powerful book for those interested in networking; even though Ferrazzi has an ego the size of Chicago.
- The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference, Malcolm Gladwell, 2000.
This book explains how social trends take off. Some powerful insights and examples about how trends become mainstream.
- Mr. China, Tim Clissold, 2006
Reflections on the Chinese work experience from an expatriate’s eyes.
- The Next Global Stage, Kenichi Ohmae, 2005
View the world as regions not nations to understand how to maximize global competitive advantages. Ohmae also uses this platform to criticize both the US and Japanese governments for their leadership shortcomings.
- Competitive Strategy 1980, and Competitive Advantage, 1985 Michael Porter.
One of the most respected thinkers in the world of strategy, Porter moves easily between academia and industry. A highly paid consultant – he has helped many companies to see a better way. These books introduce the infamous “Five Forces”. While Porter has turned much of his attention to healthcare he is still a frequent contributor to the theories pertaining to strategy. Read anything by him you can get your hands on.
- China Shakes the World, 2006, James Kynge
Kynge does of nice job explaining China’s explosive transformation, details substantial underlying systemic weaknesses, and demonstrates the consequences of those weaknesses for American businesses. This book is provocative and helpful.
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