Recent Faculty Book Releases
From leadership, to entrepreneurship, to finance, to democracy, Harvard Business School faculty covered a wide range of important topics in their 2017 authorial endeavors.
18 Dec 2017  

Geography, Location, and StrategyJuan Alcacer

Globalization presents managers with an environment to create value that is more complex, risky, and also more promising than ever before. This volume draws together researchers working at the forefront of this area in a variety of disciplines—economics, geography, marketing, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, and strategy—in order to explore the many ways that locations matter for firms.

Entering StartUpLand: An Essential Guide for Finding the Right JobJeffrey Bussgang

Yes, startups look magical, but they can also be chaotic and inaccessible. Many books are written for those who aspire to be founders, but a company only has one or two of those. What's needed is something that deconstructs the typical startup organization for the thousands of employees who join a fledgling company and do the day-to-day work required to grow it into something of value. Entering StartUpLand is a practical, step-by-step guide that provides an insider's analysis of various startup roles and responsibilities—including product management, marketing, growth, and sales—to help you figure out if you want to join a startup and what to expect if you do.

The Wisdom of FinanceMihir Desai

In 1688, essayist Josef de la Vega described finance as both "the fairest and most deceitful business . . . the noblest and the most infamous in the world, the finest and most vulgar on earth." The characterization of finance as deceitful, infamous, and vulgar still rings true today - particularly in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. But, what happened to the fairest, noblest, and finest profession that de la Vega saw? De la Vega hit on an essential truth that has been forgotten: finance can be just as principled, life-affirming, and worthy as it can be fraught with questionable practices. This book captures Professor Mihir Desai's lucid exploration of the ideas of finance as seen through the unusual prism of the humanities.

Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector LeadershipAmy Edmondson

Today's global enterprises increasingly involve collaborative work by teams of experts operating across different professions, organizations, and industries. Extreme Teaming provides new insights into the world of complex, cross-industry projects and the ways they must be managed, and is a must-read book for all courses related to leading open innovation, teamwork and collaboration, project management, and cross-boundary work.

Managing Risk in Reinsurance: From City Fires to Global WarmingGeoffrey Jones

The business of reinsurance developed at the fringe of financial services and, for most of its existence, went largely unnoticed outside the expert community. More recently, both public and professional sensitivity towards managing risks has increased and reinsurers have emerged as authorities on global threats such as climate change and natural catastrophes. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive historical description of this industry. It traces the global development of reinsurance from the early 19th century until today.

Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green EntrepreneurshipGeoffrey Jones

This book explores whether profits and environmental sustainability are compatible through the lens of a global history of green entrepreneurship between the nineteenth century and today. It tells the story of the extraordinary and often eccentric men and women who defied convention and imagined that business could help save the planet rather than consume it.

Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent TimesNancy Koehn

An enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers--including those in government, business, education, and the arts--Forged in Crisis, by celebrated Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson. Significantly, as we follow each leader's against-all-odds journey, we begin to glean an essential truth: leaders are not born but made.

Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and ManagementHerman B. Leonard

This book provides detailed accounts of a range of public health emergencies, with topics ranging from natural disasters, to infectious diseases, to pandemics, and more. It is suited for public health professionals, specialists in related fields, students, and concerned citizens.

Democracy: A Case StudyDavid Moss

Democracy: A Case Study invites readers to experience American history anew and come away with a deeper understanding of the greatest strengths and vulnerabilities of the nation’s democracy as well as its resilience over time. The book adapts the case method to revitalize conversations about governance and democracy and show how the United States has often thrived on political conflict. Democracy is both a guide to America’s democratic history and an immediate, practical exercise for anyone looking for a way to strengthen our common civic commitments.

The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational OrganizationsTsedal Neeley

For nearly three decades, English has been the lingua franca of cross-border organizations, yet studies on corporate language strategies and their importance for globalization have been scarce. In The Language of Global Success, Tsedal Neeley provides an in-depth look at a single organization—the high-tech giant Rakuten—in the five years following its English lingua franca mandate. Neeley’s behind-the-scenes portrayal explores how language shapes the ways in which employees who work in global organizations communicate and negotiate linguistic and cultural differences.

Global Marketing Management: A CasebookJohn Quelch

During the last quarter century, international business was shaken by a revolution in global competition unlike any previously experienced. As companies move through the twenty-first century, they need to be aware of the range of powerful, dynamic, and often conflicting forces shaping the emerging competitive environment. Sensing, analyzing, and developing appropriate responses to the complex new demands of the expanded, global marketplace is difficult, and the greatest challenge comes in developing the organizational capabilities and managerial competencies to implement a clearly defined strategic intent. This book of cases provides real examples of these challenges.

HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business: Think Big, Buy Small, Own Your Own CompanyRichard S. Ruback

Find, acquire, and run your own business. Are you looking for an alternative to a career path at a big firm? Does founding your own start-up seem too risky? There is a radical third path open to you: you can buy a small business and run it as CEO. In the HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business, we help you: determine if this path is right for you, raise capital for your acquisition, find and evaluate the right prospects, avoid the pitfalls that could derail your search, understand why a "dull" business might be the best investment, negotiate a potential deal with the seller, and avoid deals that fall through at the last minute.


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