What to read in 2008?

7 March 2008 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

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Andrew Curry writes:

The most recent issue of The Wire, WPP‘s in-house paper, has a feature on ‘What to read in 2008’, a collection of recommendations from individuals working for businesses across the world. I blogged a while ago on my contribution – about Thomas Homer-Dixon’s The Upside of Down. If there are themes from the other contributions, they are about the emerging economies, especially China, and about marketing and management.

WPP Chief Exec Sir Martin Sorrell’s choice is the two working papers (99 and 119, opens in pdf) from Goldman Sachs which, in his words, “describe the shift in wealth from west to east”. (The more recent Working Paper 134 , also pdf, is an update). The other two Chinese selections – from people working in Asian markets – look at China “as a country, not just as a market”. The Search for Modern China locates China within its cultural and political history, while China: The Fragile Superpower is subtitled, “How China’s internal politics could derail its peaceful rise”.

On management, the idiosyncratic Rory Sutherland (of Ogilvy) praises Discover Your Inner Economist, while bemoaning the fact that “It is a disgrace to marketing and research disciplines that economists are now writing more interesting books than we are”. David Muir, at WPP’s Channel Practice, commends as a management primer Team of Rivals – a history of how President Lincoln managed a cabinet whose members disliked each other and coveted his job.

And as always in such lists, there are some quirkier recommendations. The arguments in David Maister’s Strategy and the Fat Smoker, about strategy and change, are both “irrefutable and wonderfully personal”, while Very Thai is a cultural journey into modern Thailand – pictures and text – which offers “new ways of exploring your own, or a new culture”.

Entry filed under: books, economics, marketing.

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