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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Searching the online Stanford catalog SearchWorks, and using the keywords business leadership, I created a list of current titles (2013) carried by the GSB Library.
Among the titles are:
The end of competitive advantage : how to keep your strategy moving as fast as your business. Author/Creator: McGrath, Rita Gunther.
The first 90 days : proven strategies for getting up to speed faster and smarter. Author/Creator: Watkins, Michael, 1956-
Global tilt : leading your business through the great economic power shift. Author/Creator: Charan, Ram
Harder than I thought : adventures of a twenty-first century leader. Author/Creator: Austin, Robert D. (Robert Daniel), 1962-
A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance by Prof David Larcker and Brian Tayan is now available in paperback on Amazon. The book takes a practical look at corporate boards, CEO succession planning, executive compensation and other issues. A must read for directors, executives, shareholders and anyone else interested in how companies are run — and should be run.
I ran across an interesting blog published by the World Bank called Open Data. The blog’s focus is “This blog is a forum for discussing development data issues and open access to data. Open access to data is a key part of the World Bank’s commitment to sharing our knowledge to improve people’s lives.”
The most recent blog entry is talking about how some of the World Bank staff decided on a pilot project to collect and present more timely price data. They realized one important fact: our parents, neighbors, friends and the rest of the crowd can collect price data! However, would this price data be reliable and timely? We set out to examine the feasibility of this approach.
Last chance … Summer is fading fast, so if you want to beef up your reservoir of cocktail-party banter before Fall you might want to check out some of the items on our Popular Books rack. Looking for inspiration? Colin Powell’s It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership (co-authored with Tony Koltz) (E840.5.P68A3 2012) is filled with the vivid experiences and life lessons that shaped the legendary general’s public service career. Feeling nostalgic? That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back (BF408.F747 2011) by Thomas Friedman (The World is Flat) and Michael Mandelbaum (The Ideas That Conquered The World) proclaim that America is in trouble, and that we face four major challenges on which our future depends. They analyze the challenges — globalization, the revolution in information technology, our deficits and our excessive energy consumption — then spell out what needs to be done right now to sustain our power in the world. Anxious about current trends? Siva Vaidhyanathan’s The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) (HD9696.8.U64G669 2011) examines the ways we have embraced Google while exposing the dark side of our Google fantasies, raising red flags about issues of intellectual property and the effects of ‘Googlization’ on the way we think. Fascinated by the future? In The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (HM851.S263 2013), two global thinkers in technology give us their transformational vision of the future, a world where everyone is ‘connected’. Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? And what is the relationship between privacy and security? Schmidt and Cohen illustrate just how much we have to look forward to — and beware of. Finally, Washington Post editor Bob Woodward’s The Price of Politics (HF106.84.W67 2012) tells an inside story of how President Obama and Congress tried, and failed, to restore the American economy. Woodward draws from meeting notes, documents and interviews to highlight the personal and political struggle between the President and the Speaker of the House, taking the reader through 44 days of the summer of 2011 as the two attempted a “grand bargain”.
Summer is wearing away, so if you have set your goal on being better informed by Fall, there’s still time to check out our Popular Books rack in the Library. Currently on the rack is The Mobile Wave (QA76.59.S39 2012) by Michael Saylor, Chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy Inc., who has written how mobile intelligence will change entire industries and the economies they power. He argues that the “Mobile Revolution” is as potent as the Agricultural Revolution of millenia ago. Another possibility is Leading Apple with Steve Jobs (HD9696.2.U62J634 2012) by Jay Elliot, former Senior VP at Apple, who speaks from the perspective of having known Jobs personally as his right-hand man and corporate troubleshooter. Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence (HB119.V6S55 2012) by William L. Silber highlights the life of Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Fed, drawing on hours of candid personal testimony and complete access to Volcker’s papers. Quoth Nouriel Roubini (Crisis Economics), “… unless America heeds the lessons for fiscal responsibility that Silber draws from Volcker’s record, the crisis that lies ahead could make those past upheavals seem tame by comparison”. Finally, BadPharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (RM301.27.G65 2012) by Ben Goldacre (Bad Science) tries to untangle complex data to argue that research misconduct on a global scale affects all of us. “One of the best books I’ve ever read. It completely changed the way I saw the world”, enthuses Tim Hartford (The Undercover Economist). There are more where these came from, so please come and browse. Our Popular Books rack is on the entry level of the Bass Center, to the right.
The table in the entry atrium of the Library with books on sustainability is still there, in case you want some summertime reading. Among the books displayed is The Dragonfly Effect by GSB Prof Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith, and Social Change Any Time Every Where by Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward. Any of these books may be charged out to anyone with borrowing privileges, so feel free to drop by the table and see if anything catches your eye.
There is a new display table of books about sustainability and a sustainable future just inside the GSB Library entrance. The selection, based on an article by Kriss Deiglmeier, Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation, includes titles such as The Human Face of Big Data, eds. Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, Giving 2.0 by the GSB’s Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Nature’s Future by Mark Tercek and Jonathan Adams, and The Locust and the Bee by Geoff Mulgan. Looking for summer reading? These books may all be checked out … so check it out!
Corporate governance is always relevant, given human nature, but few have written on it with such authority in recent years as David Larcker, the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at Stanford, and co-author (and GSB alum) Brian Tayan. Now their latest contribution, A Real Look at Real World Corporate Governance, which seeks to bypass the platitudes and conventional answers that clutter so much discussion of the topic today. This book takes an unflinching look at the issues and decisions that really matter for corporate success, but in a way so as to allow readers to reach their own conclusions. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book is required reading for executives, directors, shareholders and anyone who wants to make companies run better. The problems are perennial, of course; as the book’s introduction points out — after scandals there is always a plea to do something to correct corporate misguidance or malfeasance, whether with Enron in 2001, Penn Central in 1970, or the Knickerbocker Bank in 1907. This book is dedicated to testing governance practices empirically to learn which are effective, along the way dispensing with guesswork and irrelevant ideological arguments.
On our Popular Books rack in the Library now … In Makers: The New Industrial Revolution (HB615.A683 2012) the author of The Long Tail Chris Anderson argues that America must lead a new desktop manufacturing revolution in lieu of our former dominance in manufacturing. “This book will change your life”, says Seth Godin (Tribes), and Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick and Switch writes, “In Makers Chris Anderson gives us a fascinating glimpse of hands-on future, a future where ‘if you can imagine it, you can build it.’ ” Former Vice-President Al Gore’s The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change (HM31.G685 2013) offers a forecast in the tradition of Future Shock and Megatrends. Harvard’s Edward O. Wilson writes “This is a great book … Al Gore has described the human condition and the issues we face forthrightly, fearlessly, and in easily understood language — and has said what must be done”, while World Web Web inventorTim Berners-Lee enthuses “If you are concerned about the massive changes the world is just heading into, then you should read this book. If you aren’t, then you must read it!” Simon Lack’s The Hedge Fund Mirage: The Illusion of Big Money and Why it’s Too Good to be True (HG4530.L23 2012) chronicles the history of the hedge fund and offers pointers on how to get the most of our your hedge fund investments. “Anyone who has ever invested in a hedge fund or is thinking about it should read this book”, writes John Trammell, CEO of Cadogan Management. Finally, Breakthrough Entrepreneurship (HD62.5B8377 2012) by John Burgstone and Bill Murphy Jr deconstructs the methods and mindsets that exceptional entrepreneurs use to identify opportunities and build their ventures. “Give yourself a chance to be one of the successful new business leaders and read this book” says Jim Davidson, co-founder of Silverlake Partners.