Pope Francis has issued Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), particularly notable for its strong opinions about capitalism. Standing in the tradition of Rerum Novarum of Leo XIII and Pacem in Terris of John XXIII, the Pope has offered a vigorous critique of capitalism, peppering the document with calls to conscience. “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” he asks, as the 84-page letter denounces the ‘idolatry of money’ and calls for financial reform by world leaders. “Money must serve, not rule!” The Pope goes on to urge governments to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.” Of course the document also addresses other eccelesial matters as well, setting the tone for his papacy – “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” This is the latest foray of the Pope into world thought, and will no doubt cement his image in the popular imagination as a force to be reckoned with. Should we expect anything less from a Pope who took his name from Francis of Assisi?
800-CEO-READ compiles a monthly list of best selling books based on what their nationwide corporate customers purchased.
Here’s a list of the top 10. To see the rest of the list and brief descriptions of the titles, click here.
1. “Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All” by Tom Kelley and David Kelley; Crown Business, 304 pages ($28)
2. “A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur’s Story” by John S. Hendricks; HarperBusiness, 384 pages ($28.99)
3. “Finding Allies, Building Alliances: 8 Elements That Bring – and Keep-People Together” by Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown; Jossey-Bass, 241 pages ($29.95)
4. “The Great Game of Business: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company (Revised, 20th Anniversary)” by Jack Stack; Crown Business, 252 pages ($18.99)
5. “The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You” by Andy Andrews; Thomas Nelson, 474 pages ($19.99)
6. “Forty Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” by Howard G. Buffett; Simon & Schuster, 465 pages ($26)
7. “Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge” by Becky Blalock; Jossey-Bass, 240 pages ($27.99)
8. “Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fundraising” by Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker; Deepak Chopra, 304 pages ($26)
9. “Clarity Principle: How Great Leaders Make the Most Important Decision in Business (and What Happens When They Don’t)” by Chatham Sullivan; Jossey-Bass, 245 pages ($27.95)
10. “Social Employee: How Great Companies Make Social Media Work” by Cheryl Burgess and Mark Burgess; McGraw-Hill, 289 pages ($22)
A SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) is one of the most popular tools used in developing business strategy. Whether you want to create your own or review one developed elsewhere, the GSB library can help:
A recently completed study by Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, in conjunction with The Conference Board, surveyed CEOs, senior executives, and corporate directors on how much they knew about social media. It was reported that less than a third of companies today use social media to support their corporate strategy and risk management practices, according to the 2012 Social Media Survey.
In the report titled “What Do Corporate Directors and Senior Managers Know about Social Media?” the authors detail the results of a survey of more than 180 senior executives and corporate directors of North American public and private companies. The findings reveal a disconnect between companies’ understanding of social media and the actions they are taking to apply it to their business.
For a collection of selected resources discussing the evolving effects of the social networking phenomenon on the business world please checkout the library’s hot topic page on The Business of Social Networks .
The GSB Oral History Program, operating out of the Library, has been busy preserving the corporate memory of the School. Currently we are interviewing alumni on campus for this year’s class reunions, but in the past we have interviewed faculty, staff and students about their experiences at the GSB, as well as alumni. And not only about the past, but also about the present; a few years ago a whole clutch of interviews was done on the design and implementation of the New Curriculum, while it was fresh in the mind, with everyone ranging from Dean Saloner to faculty and staff members to students who took part in the planning process. Some of the faculty we’ve interviewed over the past few years include James Howell, Pitch Johnson, James March, Joanne Martin, James Porterfield, Michael Ray, Henry Rowen and James Van Horne – as well as former Deans Robert Jaedicke and Arjay Miller. We hope to document the SEED initiative as it unfolds in the coming months. So the work goes on. We have a History Group on OneGSB, for our GSB colleagues who are interested. Stay tuned for further news, as we move forward.
I came across a New York Times article today talking about the latest “fiction” books written about Silicon Valley.
If you indeed wanted to read some non-fiction tomes on Silicon Valley, check out these most recent offerings:
Secrets of Silicon Valley : what everyone else can learn from the innovation capital of the world. Piscione, Deborah Perry. 2013
Automate this : how algorithms came to rule our world.
Steiner, Christopher. 2012
The unwinding : an inner history of the new America.
Packer, George, 1960- . 2013
- Industry and market research databases
- S&P NetAdvantage
- Business Monitor
- Lux Research
- Alternative Energy eTrack
- Oil & Gas eTrack
- Power eTrack
- Mining eTrack
- Interdisciplinary energy-related databases
- Engineering Village
- One Petro
- Geographic information system (GIS) data to visualize energy research
Here’s a nifty resource to try: The Library FAQ. At the library’s home page, click on the “How Do I” link just below the photo, and enter a search term, such as “investment” or “SWOT.” This will lead you to a page with info on that topic, including previously asked questions and custom research guides recommending which of our resources to use — and how. If you see an answer that meets your needs well, you can make this resource even more useful, just click on the thumbs up icon to “like” it. You can also pick from a menu of topics at right to find related info. If you still have questions, go back to the home page and click the Ask Us button to chat with a reference librarian during business hours.
Time to highlight our Business Web Sites list, a great compendium of sites on business and related topics that we have built up over the years, often from the process of doing research support for our Stanford customers. Not all the information on all the sites is available to us, nor is all the information necessarily free — but enough free, useful data is there to make them worth listing. Topics covered range from accounting to housing to corporate reports to private equity to the toy industry. Sometimes serendipity leads us to a site, other times it might be something recommended by a friend or customer. At any rate, when you are looking for good information on the Internet, it may be well worth your while to check here first – the data you want may be just a few clicks away!
A tip from your local librarian … When searching for individual journal articles, if you already know the “basics” — author name, date, journal title — one of the quickest ways to get the full text article is to search for eJournals. The eJournals search box is in the center of our Library home page. If the journal is not in the area of business or management, but perhaps in engineering or the social sciences, you might try searching the Stanford campuswide eJournals list. To access that, go to the upper left of our home page and click on ‘Articles, Books, Databases’, then select eJournals; you’ll want to pick ”Other eJournals”.
If, on the other hand, you have no specific article in mind but want a set of articles on a particular business topic, your best bet is to turn to our online business literature databases, such as Business Source Complete. You can find these databases under the “Articles” tab on our Database by Topic page. And if you need to search more broadly, e.g. in the sciences, go again to ‘Articles, Books, Databases’ but this time select ‘more databases’ to get to the full array of databases available at Stanford.
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