04 Aug 2011

Twelve New Books By Harvard Business School Faculty


BOSTON—Twelve books authored or coauthored by Harvard Business School faculty members were published recently covering a wide array of management topics.

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011)
by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer

The authors explain how to foster progress and enhance people's "inner work life" every day—in the process boosting long-term creative productivity. The book shows how to remove common barriers to progress, such as meaningless tasks and toxic relationships, and emphasizes how these factors can disrupt employees' inner work lives.

Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It (Princeton Press, 2011) by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel

Leading business ethicists Max Bazerman and Ann Tenbrunsel examine the ways we overestimate our ability to do what is right and how we act unethically without meaning to. From the sales of the defective Ford Pinto years ago to the collapse of Enron, the authors investigate the nature of ethical failures in the business world and beyond.

The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (Jossey-Bass, 2011)
By Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring

Clayton Christensen and his co-author offer an analysis of the traditional university, exploring how and why universities must change to ensure future success.

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011)
By Clayton M. Christensen Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gregersen

The authors build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact. They also outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers.

Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) By Thomas J. DeLong

Drawing on extensive research, DeLong explains how to draw strength from vulnerability. His analysis and examples look at the roots of high achievers' anxiety, destructive behaviors they adopt to relieve anxiety, and behaviors.

Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Multiple Sectors (University of Chicago Press, 2011) Edited by Rebecca Henderson and Richard G. Newell

The authors highlight the factors that have determined the impact of past policies, and suggest that effectively managed federal funding, strategies to increase customer demand, and the enabling of aggressive competition from new firms are important ingredients for policies that affect innovative activity.

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) By Robert Steven Kaplan

Professor Robert Kaplan offers a guide to help executives improve their effectiveness as leaders. At the core of the book is a series of critical questions to help them lead their organization more successfully and take ownership of their career.

The People's Republic of China at 60 (Harvard University Press, 2011) Edited by William C. Kirby

This book is a collection of essays from an April 2009 conference organized by The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University marking the sixtieth anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Joining a Nonprofit Board: What You Need to Know (Jossey Bass, 2011) By F. Warren McFarlan and Marc J. Epstein

The authors provide a step-by-step guide to how board members can work with a nonprofit organization to achieve its overarching mission, attain financial sustainability, and develop and execute the systems needed to accomplish both.

The Fund Industry: How Your Money Is Managed (Wiley, 2011) By Robert Pozen and Theresa Hamacher

Pozen and his coauthor provide an inside look at how mutual funds work—how they invest money, distribute their shares to the public, and provide service to fund shareholders—and why they have become the investment vehicle of choice for investors around the world.

Moving Forward: The Future of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Finance (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) Edited by Nicolas P. Retsinas and Eric S. Belsky

This book is a collection of papers presented at a symposium convened by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies in February 2010 on the campus of Harvard Business School. The purpose of the symposium was to explore the roots of the crisis that caused credit markets to seize up in late 2008 and, more important, to focus on the way forward.

The Economics of Crime: Lessons For and From Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 2010) By Rafael Di Tella

Di Tella addresses a variety of topics, including the impact of mandatory arrest laws, education in prisons, and the relationship between poverty and crime. He also presents research from outside Latin America, illustrating the broad range of approaches that have been fruitful in studying crime in developed nations.

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.