Faculty Published Books Continued

The following books below are listed alphabetically by faculty author.

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The Ambiguities of Experience
by James G.  March
Cornell University Press, 2010

"Experience may be the best teacher, but it is not a particularly good teacher," business school Professor James March says in his new book The Ambiguities of Experience,. Whether experience is the best teacher or the teacher of fools makes March reflect on the unexpected problems organizations (and the individuals in them) face when they rely on experience to adapt, improve, and survive. ...more

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Hot Groups: Seeding Them, Feeding Them, and Using
Them to Ignite Your Organization
by Jean Lipman-Blumen and Harold J. Leavitt
Oxford University Press, May 1999

Named the best business book of 1999 by the Association of American Publishers. "A hot group is just what the name is just what the name implies: a lively, overachieving, dedicated group - usually small - whose members are turned on to an exciting and challenging task," say Lipman-Blumen and Leavitt, the Walter Kenneth Kipatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, emeritus.

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Building Supply Chain Excellence in Emerging
Economies, International Series in Operations
Research & Management Science

by Editors Hau L. Lee, and Chung-Yee Lee
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC, 2006

The rapidly developing new economies in China, India, Hungary, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, etc., are at the crossroads of almost all major supply chains. In fact, these emerging economies are growing faster than the established industrial economies of the world, yet their physical, social and cultural characteristics provide some real challenges. The book discusses how to manage supply chains in emerging economies, coordinate information flows with multiple partners, tackle challenges such as unexpected disruptions, diversify the risks and increase flexibilities, be efficient but at the same time contribute to the social and environmental developments of these economies, and use supply chain concepts and practices to improve the economic welfare of these countries.

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Frontiers of Development Economics: The Future in Perspective
by Gerald M. Meier, Joseph E. Stiglitz (Editor), and  Nicholas Sternwith: World Bank and Oxford University Press, 2001



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Making IT: the Rise of Asia in High Tech
by Henry S. Rowen, Marguerite Gong Hancock, William F. Miller, eds,;
Stanford Project on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship,
Stanford University Press, 2007

In 2003, consumption of information technology goods worldwide was $1.5 trillion, with Asia representing 20 percent of the total.  Even more telling, Asia produced about 40 percent of these goods. The increasing role for Asia in the markets and manufacturing of IT, along with Asian innovation, will pose a challenge to traditional centers, notably Silicon Valley. The book analyzes policies and the results of this trend on nations and centers such as Silicon Valley.

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The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
by Chong-Moon Lee, William F. Miller
Marguerite Gong Hancock, Henry S. Rowen, eds.,
Stanford University Press, 2000

This series of essays by 25 academic and industry leaders study the experiences that have created Silicon Valley, focusing on the business environment. Although large established companies play a major role in this economy and are responsible for many technology advances and products, the authors find that these large firms are less likely to create a sea change in industries or create entirely new industries. Details

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Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary
Results with Ordinary People
by Charles A. O'Reilly III, and Jeffrey Pfeffer
Harvard Business School Press, 2000

In this tight labor market where companies are desperate to find more talent, two Stanford Business School professors suggest a novel approach: find talent in your own backyard, shop floors or office blocks. Too many companies waste the talent they have on staff by using systems like the old command-and-control leaders of Communist countries-they don't really know how to instill shared values and then train and support their people to take on responsibility for success.

The two use case studies of innovative companies to demonstrate how they have created added value by fostering the creativity, motivation, and commitment of their people. The companies profiled are Southwest Airlines, Cisco Systems, The Men's Wearhouse, SAS Institute, PSS World Medical, AES, New United Motors Manufacturing Inc and Cypress Semiconductor.

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Power: Why Some People Have It And Others Don't
by Jeffrey Pfeffer
HarperCollins Publishers, September 2010

Every day companies and their leaders fail to capitalize on opportunities because they misunderstand the real sources of business success. Jeffrey Pfeffer challenges conventional wisdom while providing data and insights to help companies make smarter decisions. The book contains a series of short chapters, each provides guidelines about how to think more deeply and intelligently about critical management issues. Topics range from managing people to leadership to measurement and strategy. ...more

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What Were They Thinking?
Unconventional Wisdom About Management

by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Harvard Business School Press Books, 2007

Every day companies and their leaders fail to capitalize on opportunities because they misunderstand the real sources of business success. Jeffrey Pfeffer challenges conventional wisdom while providing data and insights to help companies make smarter decisions. The book contains a series of short chapters, each provides guidelines about how to think more deeply and intelligently about critical management issues. Topics range from managing people to leadership to measurement and strategy. ...more

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William F. Sharpe: Selected Works
(World Scientific-Nobel Laureate Series)

by William F. Sharpe
World Scientific Publishing Company, March 15, 2011

William F Sharpe received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990 for his work on equilibrium pricing in capital markets. He was one of the originators of the Capital Asset Pricing Model who developed the Sharpe Ratio for investment performance analysis, the binomial method for the valuation of options, the gradient method for asset allocation optimization, and returns-based style analysis for evaluating the style and performance of investment funds. This book consists of a collection of Dr Sharpe's work in these and other areas.

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Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense
by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton
Harvard Business School Publishing, March 2006

This just-released book identifies and dissects the poor decision practices of corportations based on ingrained, untested beliefs and half-truths that masquerade as sound advice. ...more

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Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies
Turn Knowledge Into Action
by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
Harvard Business School Press, January, 2000

"Did you ever wonder why so much education and training, management consultation, organizational research and so many books and articles produce so few changes in actual management practice?" ask Stanford Business School Professors Pfeffer and Sutton. "We wondered, too, and so we embarked on a quest to explore one of the great mysteries in organizational management: why knowledge of what needs to be done frequently fails to result in action or behavior consistent with that knowledge." The authors describe the most common obstacles to action---such as fear and inertia---and profile successful companies that overcome them.

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Integrating Mission and Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations
by James A. Phills, Jr.

In his new book, Professor James A. Phills, Jr. builds on an intimate understanding of the challenges facing nonprofit organizations and a deep knowledge of the business world to offer a 21 st-century approach to nonprofit strategy. A must read for every nonprofit leader.

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Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters
by Stewart Emery, GSB Faculty Emeritus Jerry I. Porras, Mark Thompson
Wharton School Publishing, September 2006

Co-authored by Jerry Porras whose earlier best seller Built to Last studied corporate success, this book analyzes traits of successful people and creates a set of simple practices to transform life and work.

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Foundations of Stochastic Inventory Theory
by Evan Porteus
Stanford University Press, 2002

The book serves as an advanced textbook designed to prepare doctoral students to do research on the mathematical foundations of inventory theory and as a reference work for those already engaged in such research. All chapters conclude with exercises that either solidify or extend the concepts introduced.

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Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovations
by Hayagreeva Rao
Princeton University Press 2009

Social activists are key players in the creative destruction and rebuilding of markets, says Professor Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao.

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Highest Goal - The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment
by Michael Ray, foreword by Jim Collins, MBA '83
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2004

Your highest goal is what gives real meaning to your life, what truly motivates and sustains you. It has nothing to do with worldly success or achievement, but GSB Professor Michael Ray found that all of the successful people who had been through his course ultimately attributed their success to it. Here Ray shares what he learned through decades of teaching his creativity course to help you discover and live by, your own highest goal.

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The Modern Firm: Organizational Design
for Performance and Growth

by John Roberts
Oxford Press, 2004

The Economist has selected Stanford GSB economist John Roberts' book, "The Modern Firm," as one of its best books of the year. The magazine writes that Roberts" describes how businesses around the world are changing not just their processes and routines, but the very way they organize themselves and exercise authority. The consequences are profound. Yet among all this change, the author argues, certain predictable relationships improve productivity and performance."

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Creating and Capturing Value: Perspective and Cases
on Electronic Commerce

by Garth Saloner and A. Michael Spence
John Wiley and Sons, 2001

Included in this book are 22 case studies that contain a wealth of information about technologies, industries, issues, firms, strategies, organizational structures, and the issues electronic commerce poses for students and practitioners.

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Strategic Management
by Garth Saloner, Andrea Shepard, and Joel Podolny
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000

Written for current and future general managers who have or will have overall responsibility for a business. The essential ability for this job is a well-developed capability for strategic thinking. Saloner, Shepard, and Podolny provide a set of frameworks, tools, and concepts to build this capability. They have drawn from research in the disciplines that surround and support strategic management with an emphasis on their own disciplinary backgrounds: theoretical and empirical microeconomics and organization theory. The goal of the text is to provide insights into organizations and strategy that will help general managers make strategic thinking in their firms pervasive, effective, and rewarding. This text is appropriate for the core MBA strategic management course and the capstone strategic management course at the undergraduate, senior level.

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Investors and Markets: Portfolio Choices, Asset Prices,
and Investment Advice

by William F. Sharpe
Princeton University Press, 2006

Nobel Laureate financial economist William Sharpe shows that investment professionals cannot make good portfolio choices unless they understand the determinants of asset prices. But until now asset-price analysis has largely been inaccessible to everyone except PhDs in financial economics. Based on his Princeton lecture in finance, Sharpe details his state-of-the-art approach to asset pricing in a nonmathematical form that will be comprehensible to a broad range of investment professionals. Sharpe makes this technique accessible through his computer program (available for free on his website, at www.stanford.edu/~wfsharpe/apsim/index.html) enabling users to create virtual markets, set the starting conditions and then allow trading until equilibrium is reached and trading stops. ...more

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Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility
by Sarah Soule
Cambridge Press, 2009

This book examines anti-corporate activism in the United States ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to demands for dolphin-safe tuna. Prior to the 1970s, Soule says, activists generally sought to change government regulation of corporations or appealed for change through organized labor. She traces the shift brought about by deregulation and the decline in organized labor, which prompted activists to target corporations directly, often in combination with targeting the state.

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The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World
by Michael Spence
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011

Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, explains what happened to cause this dramatic shift in the prospects of the five billion people who live in developing countries. The growth rates are extraordinary, and continuing them presents unprecedented challenges in governance, international coordination, and ecological sustainability. The implications for those living in the advanced countries are great but little understood. Related Article

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The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work,
and Family in the United States and Japan

by Myra H. Strober, Agnes Miling Kaneko Chan
MIT Press, 2001

In an effort to understand the roots of gender inequality, the authors of this work conducted an extensive survey of the 1981 graduates of Stanford and Tokyo Universities - parallel populations in historically very different cultures. The book provides a fresh look at the belief that US gender equity is light years ahead of Japan's.

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Weird Ideas That Work: 11 1/2 Practices for Promoting,
Managing, and Sustaining Innovation

by Robert I. Sutton
Free Press, 2001

Who'd have thought fighting with each other would be good for employees? Or that ignoring superiors would be a wise business practice? Sutton, consultant and professor at the Stanford Engineering School and the GSB, advocates taking a nontraditional approach to innovation and management in this quirky business manual. He advises taking unorthodox actions, suggesting managers should forget the past, especially successes; hire people who make them uncomfortable and hire slow learners.

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Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies
by Stefanos Zenios, et al.
Cambridge University Press, 2009

Recognize market opportunities, master the design process, and develop business acumen with this 'how-to' guide to medical technology innovation. A three-step, proven approach to the biodesign innovation process - identify, invent, implement - provides a practical formula for innovation. The experiences of hundreds of innovators and companies, in the form of case studies, quotes and practical advice, offer a realistic, action-orientated roadmap for successful biodesign innovation. Addressing common medical, engineering, and business challenges to develop well-rounded expertise, this book is the complete package for any biodesign entrepreneur. ...more

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