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Too often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology, or address all three dimensions in a balanced way.
When they do, the results are game-changing: those managers who are outstanding at being plugged into their people, technology, and organizational processes simultaneously excel at coming up with effective business solutions.
In The Plugged-In Manager, Terri Griffith explains that to succeed in today's business environment, leaders don't need to be experts in technology or psychology, but they must have a mastery of how to mix technology, organizational practices and people into new business model approaches.
The most important capability a manager can develop for the 21st century, says Griffith, is the ability to be "plugged-in" – that is, to see choices in the dimensions of people, technology, and organizational processes, and then mix them together into new and powerful practices, strategies, and structures.
Filled with compelling case studies and drawing on first-hand interviews, The Plugged-In Manager highlights this often neglected managerial capability and the costs of only focusing on one dimension rather than all three.Learn more about Terri Griffith »
The Plugged-In Manager (Jossey-Bass Imprint; Oct. 2011; 978-0-470-90355-1)
In What Investors Really Want, Meir Statman explores the mind-sets and motivations behind the major money decisions--and most common mistakes—that investors make every day. The book has been praised by academics and practitioners alike, from John Bogle (founder of Vanguard Funds) to UC San Diego Professor Harry Markowitz (Nobel Prize winner).
A popular teacher as well as a financial theorist of global repute, Statman examines how age, gender, genetics, and personality affect an individual’s investment decisions and how people of different countries and cultures think about risks and returns, poverty, and wealth.
Building on key insights from behavioral finance over the last decade, he probes the activity and decisions that have rocked investment markets in recent years, providing the reader with instant recognition of the desires, thoughts, and emotions that drive one’s investment decisions.
What Investors Really Want (McGraw-Hill, October 2010; ISBN 978-0071741651)