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MIT Sloan reading list: Books by Executive Education faculty

MIT Sloan's world-renowned faculty are experts in a vast number of subjects. Catch up on their latest research and breakthrough concepts in these books, authored or edited by the faculty themselves.

Reading List MIT Sloan ExecEd

The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
By Hal Gregersen, Jeff Dyer, and Clayton Christensen
By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators—from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group—the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting. Gregersen teaches in the Advanced Management ProgramInnovation and Images: Exploring the Intersections of Leadership and Photography, and The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation.

Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs
By Michael Cusumano and David B. Yoffie
An analysis on the strategies, principles, and skills of three of the most successful and influential figures in business—Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs—offering lessons for all managers and entrepreneurs on leadership, strategy and execution. Cusumano teaches in Managing Product Platforms: Delivering Variety and Realizing Synergies.

Handbook of Collective Intelligence
Edited by Thomas W. Malone and Michael S. Bernstein
In recent years, a new kind of collective intelligence has emerged: interconnected groups of people and computers, collectively doing intelligent things. Today these groups are engaged in tasks that range from writing software to predicting the results of presidential elections. This volume reports on the latest research in the study of collective intelligence, laying out a shared set of research challenges from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World
By Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
Complexity surrounds us. We have too much email, juggle multiple remotes, and hack through thickets of regulations from phone contracts to health plans. But complexity isn’t destiny. Sull and Eisenhardt argue there’s a better way. By developing a few simple yet effective rules, people can best even the most complex problems. Sull leads the program, Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution.

Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage
By Tara Swart, Kitty Chisolm, and Paul Brown
Leadership can be learned: new evidence from neuroscience clearly points to ways that leaders can significantly improve how they engage with and motivate others. This book provides leaders and managers with an accessible guide to practical, effective actions, based on neuroscience. Swart leads the programs, Neuroscience for Leadership and Applied Neuroscience: Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People.

The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits
By Zeynep Ton
Drawing on more than a decade of research, Ton shows how operational excellence enables companies to of­fer the lowest prices to customers while ensuring good jobs for their employees and superior results for their investors. Ton teaches in Strategies for Sustainable Business.

Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation
By George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee
Based on a study of more than four hundred global firms, this book highlights how large companies in traditional industries—from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals—are using digital to gain strategic advantage. The authors share the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation. Westerman teaches in Essential IT for Non-IT Executives.

Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production
By Elaine Chen
Teams developing a software product for the first time can draw on a wealth of free and readily available resources to come up to speed, learn best practices, and get their minimum viable product (MVP) to market very quickly. 

This entry was posted in Faculty Insights on Sat Apr 02, 2016 by MIT Sloan Executive Education


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