Ellis, Charles D. - What It Takes

John Wiley & Sons, 2013, [Business] Grade 4

What It Takes offers a roadmap of how the premiere professional services firms in the World has distanced themselves from their competitors. Charley Ellis is a legend. He is the founder of Greenwich Associates - a strategy consultancy focused on financial clients where he served for... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Kuhlman, David C. - Leading Firms

SelectBooks, 2013, [Business] Grade 3

Management of professional services firms is clearly very different to that of traditional product manufacturing or services firms – seldom has the metaphor about herding casts been more apt. To cater to the specific nature of these firms David Kuhlman, with 25 years of experience as a... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Osterwalder, Alex et al. - Value Proposition Design

Wiley, 2014, [Business] Grade 4

This is a follow-up to the best selling Business Model Generation from 2010 and the sequel drills deeper into two out of the nine parts that made up the Business Model Canvas previously presented. Value Proposition Design aims to help the reader find a good fit between the value... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Reeves, Martin; Haanaes, Knut & Sinha, Janmejaya - Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

Harvard Business Review Press, 2015, [Business] Grade 4

Fortune magazine are seeking suggestions on books that have changed someone’s mind on an important topic for their December issue. This book is my humble suggestion. Your Strategy Needs a Strategy perhaps hasn’t reversed my view on what corporate strategy is but it... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Tindell, Kip - Uncontainable

Grand Central Publishing, 2014 [Business], Grade 4

Only one thing prevents this book from being invited to the same table as “Straight from the gut”, “Good to great” and other business biography luminaries. And that one thing is, unfortunately, the ultimate success for the employee- and customer satisfaction based... Further reading...  Link to Amazon...

Inkpen, Andrew & Moffett, Michael H. - The Global Oil & Gas Industry

PennWell, 2011, [Business] Grade 4

This might be the best text around on the business aspects of the oil and gas industry. The authors are two business professors who also serve as co-directors of the Thunderbird Center for Global Energy Studies. They aim to write a single source nontechnical book for amongst others... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Downey, Morgan - Oil 101

Wooden Table Press, 2009, [Business] Grade 4

If you seek a well-crafted technical guide to the production of oil and gas suited for the non-engineer this is a hot contender. The author used to be the Global Head of Commodities at Bloomberg after being a commodities trader at Standard Chartered, Bank of America and... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Yergin, Daniel - The Quest: Energy, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Penguin Books, 2011, [Finance] Grade 4

This is a monumental tour of the economical, political and technical history of energy and oil. Daniel Yergin is one of the world’s premier energy policy experts. After being a lecturer at Harvard he in 1984 co-founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates that in 2004 was... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Lacalle, Daniel & Parrilla, Diego - The Energy World Is Flat

John Wiley & Sons, 2015, [Business] Grade 3

Two portfolio managers offer their view of the energy markets in a forceful manner. Their opinions would have few supporters a year ago but after the recent declines in oil prices the followers have probably increased in numbers. Madrid born Daniel Lacalle entered the financial... Further reading...  Link to Amazon...

Kim, W. Chan & MauBorgne, Renée - Blue Ocean Strategy

Harvard Business School Press, 2005, [Business] Grade 4

During the summer InvestingByTheBooks will review some older books that we never got around to writing about although we think they are important. With their innovative and fresh perspective on strategy the two INSEAD Professors Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne has... Further reading...  Link to Amazon...

Rappaport, Alfred - Creating Shareholder Value

The Free Press, 1998 (1st ed 1986), [Business] Grade 4

During the summer InvestingByTheBooks will review some older books that we never got around to writing about although we think they are important. Alfred Rappaport’s Creating Shareholder Value from 1986 is a yardstick for the shareholder value movement. The author shows how...  Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Johansson, Sven-Erik & Runsten, Mikael - The Profitability, Financing, and Growth of the Firm

Studentlitteratur, 2014, [Business] Grade 4

This book is a Swedish institution that deserves wider international acclaim. It portrays the firm as a financial system with a number of inter-relationships between 1) the acquisition and generation of resources, 2) the capital needed for the ongoing business operations and for... Further reading...  Link to Amazon...

Weiss, Antonio E. - Key Business Solutions

Prentice Hall, 2011, [Business] Grade 3

Who wouldn’t want the tool to solve business problems? The British-Mexican Antonio Weiss has a varied and interesting history. With an academic background as an historian of the state and religion he moved on to become a management consultant doing work for the UK public sector... Further reading...  Link to Amazon...

Covert, Jack & Sattersten, Todd - The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

Penguin Group, 2009, [Business] Grade 2

As any newspaper publisher knows people love top lists. This entire book is a top list of business books. Jack Covert who is the founder of the business book retailer 800-CEO-READS and publisher of “Jack Covert Reads” has read and reviewed business literature for several decades... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Rappaport, Alfred – Saving Capitalism From Short-Termism

McGraw-Hill, 2011, [Business] Grade 3

In the popular debate there is a growing consensus that short-termism in financial markets is a big problem. Is this actually the case? – And if so, what can be done about it? Alfred Rappaport, one of the founding fathers of what’s been dubbed the Shareholder Value Model and author...  Further Reading...  Link to Amazon...

Schwartz, Peter – The Art of the Long View

Crown Business, 1991, [Business] Grade 3

In the early 1970’s Royal Dutch Shell formed a unit called Group Planning. Lead by Pierre Wack this group made scenario planning a part of the strategic process in the company. When OPEC caught the rest of the world by surprise by declaring an oil embargo in 1973, Shell was mentally... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Thiel, Peter (with Masters, Blake) – From Zero to One

Crown Business, 2014, [Business] Grade 5

From Zero to One is the brilliant title of Peter Thiel’s new book on innovation and startups. He argues that we have only focused on “globalization” (taking things that work somewhere and making them work everywhere) or 1 → n for the last 40 years or so. I have to agree, and we all... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Godin, Seth – Permission Marketing

Pocket Books, 1st edition 1999 – paperback edition 2007, [Business] Grade 3

This is a book from the recent past about the future of marketing. With remarkable foresight the entrepreneur, Internet guru and author Seth Godin in 1997, when he wrote this book, foresaw the change in marketing practices that some in the profession still struggle to understand. In some... Further reading... Link to Amazon...

Gummesson, Evert – Total Relationship Marketing

Butterworth Heinemann, 2002, [Business] Grade 2

This is an over ten-year-old book on a subject – relationship marketing - that has grown in importance with the spreading of the Internet, e-commerce and of what’s become know as “big data”. Evert Gummesson is Professor Emeritus of Service Marketing and Management at the... Further Reading...  Link to Amazon...

Karlgaard, Rich – The Soft Edge

Jossey-Bass, 2014, [Business] Grade 3

The first word that strikes me when I think of The Soft Edge is Infotainment. Rich Karlgaard, entrepreneur, columnist and publisher of Forbes magazine is a genuinely skilled writer and this book is a pleasure to read. The set up is a string of coherent short stories on different topics... Further reading...  Link to Amazon...