November 27, 2012

News & Opinion: The Best Books of 2012, strategy + business Edition

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 7:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The strategy + business best of business books list is always one of our favorites of the year—one we always look forward to—and this year's does not disappoint. The strength of the list is in it's breadth and flexibility. The categories always change slightly to reflect the important topics of the year, and they choose experts on those topics to pick the best books published in those categories. The picks are decidedly different from most other lists. They tend to include more obscure books than most other "best of" lists, so you may be hearing of some of these books for the first time, and they provide lengthy essays to explain the importance of those books, to boot. (Be sure to head over to the stratey + business site to take in those essays, as it is one of the things that makes the list so special.)

This year's categories are Biography, Strategy, Marketing, Innovation, Healthcare, Organizational Culture, and Capitalism. So, let's get to it...

Choosing the best Biography, Alice Schroeder (author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life) picked books that demonstrated Virtuosity Squared:

Considering Competition, Phil Rosenzweig (author of The Halo Effect... and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers) chose the best books on Strategy: Looking at books on Marketing, Shaun Holliday (a senior executive advisor in Booz & Company’s consumer and retail practice) looks at books that address the new Brand New: In books about Innovation this year, engineer and entrepreneur Krisztina “Z” Holly believes that Context Is King: On what may be the topic of the year, Healthcare, Philip Lathrop (author of Restructuring Health Care: The Patient-Focused Paradigm) picked three books that went Beyond the Rhetoric of Reform: Sally Helgesen (author of The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work) knows that Small Talk is critically important in Organizational Culture, and chose three books that reflect that: And, wrapping up the list, James O’Toole (the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business) picked three books that speak Of Markets and Morals in Capitalism: The overall winners of the categories, s+b's top shelf, were:

We've been following this list since 2003. You can browse strategy + business's previous picks below.

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