Maryland Smith Business Experts Summer Reading Picks
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The 19th Annual Summer Reading List for Business Leaders from the Faculty of University of Maryland The Robert H. Smith School of Business includes new and older books on the Fed, problem solving, entrepreneurship, memory, vaccines, and human nature, plus fictional picks on saving the planet , war and international spies.
Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genoa: “Lisa Genoa is a New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist. This book is engaging and storytelling, but it’s a pretty serious subject – our memory, covering ‘what it is, how it works, and what happens when it’s stolen from us.'” –Lemme W. Senbetholder of the William E. Mayer Chair in Finance.
Trillion-dollar triage: How Jay Powell and the Fed fought a president and a pandemic — and averted economic disaster by Nick Timiraos“This book describes the frenetic pace followed by President Jay Powell and the Fed over a crucial five-week period between February 19 and March 26, 2020, when the S&P 500 fell 35% and the potential devastating impact of the first pandemic in 100 years was fully appreciated and reckoned with. Vice Chairman of the Fed, Richard Clarida said from the start, ‘If we become Italy and we shut down the whole economy, so it will be a bigger hit than the Great Depression. This book documents how Powell innovated and dramatically expanded the playbook set by the former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke compared to the Great Recession and financial crisis of 2008. The Federal Reserve not only bought treasury bills and mortgage bonds to drive down interest rates, but also corporate bonds, including bonds junk and municipal titles. –David Cassclinical professor of finance.
Seven Essentials for Business Success: Lessons from Legendary Professors by George Siedel“I quote the cover because it pretty much sums up why I liked it: “Successful leaders are great teachers, and successful teachers serve as role models of leadership. This book empowers leaders and educators to understand and use best practices developed by award-winning faculty, each teaching one of seven areas critical to business success.'” –T Leigh Anensonprofessor of business law.
Cracked It! : How to Solve Big Problems and Sell Solutions Like the Best Strategy Consultants by Bernard Gareth, Corey Phelps, Olivier Sibony“I’ve been using this book for a few years in my counseling class, and students can’t help but comment on how much it has helped their problem-solving abilities. I recommend it to anyone looking to sharpen their ability to structure problems so that they can solve them more easily and sell the solutions to decision makers.Nicole M. CoomberAssociate Dean of the Full-Time MBA Program and Associate Clinical Professor of Management and Organization.
French Suite by Irène Némirovsky: “Ukrainian writer and French resident Némirovsky wrote this ‘sequel’ to two novels while fleeing the Nazis as they invaded France. It depicts the responses of Parisians – both noble and otherwise – to the disbelief of the war. Nemirovsky was captured and murdered by the Nazis; a draft of his book escaped with his daughters and was published 40 years later. Not a new book, but timely.” –Judy Frelssenior researcher in executive development programs and clinical professor of marketing.
Building: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worthwhile by Tony Fadell: “Tony Fadell — the ‘father’ of the iPod, iPhone and Nest, three of Time’s most influential gadgets of all time — provides great advice on how to launch an entrepreneurial career by sneaking into and out of paid employment. The book resonates with many insights from my own research, particularly on how to combine profit and purpose to not only create new products, but also create new businesses that empower innovative employees.” –Rajshri Agarwalholder of the Rudolph Lamone Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets.
Hail Mary Project by Andy Weier: “The book tells the story of an impossible collaboration to save the planet and more. Although fictional but scientifically sound, it provided me with a message of hope about what can be achieved when no one can ask ” Whose credit is it.” And in terms of the valuable lessons around the subjects I teach, it again shows that improvisation is a key skill for a world that’s becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.” –Olivier Schlakeclinical professor of management and organization.
You are the by Thich Nhat Hanh: “It is a book on mindfulness and particularly given At Thich Nhat Hanh passing this year, this might be of interest to anyone interested in how to apply mindfulness techniques to personal or professional life.” –Rebecca RatnerDean’s Professor of Marketing.
Rationality: what is it, why it seems rare, why it matters by steven roser: “steven roserprofessor of psychology at Harvard University, challenges our notions of rationality and provides many examples of how human beings behave irrationally – including classic cases of confounding correlation and causation. His book inspires a collective rationality for society and explains how collective rational behavior can lead to a more just and equitable society.” –Progyan Basuclinical professor of accounting and information assurance.
Extra Life: A Brief History of Living Longer by Steven Johnson: “In the middle (or almost at the end?) of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a good (and easy) read to keep things in perspective and to be grateful again for the miracle of vaccines.” –Michael FuSmith Chair in Management Science.
Clara’s War by Clara Kramer: “Based on a diary kept by a teenage girl in the Nazi-occupied region Poland during the Second World War, this remarkable reading cannot be abandoned. (I finished it in a weekend.) The story depicts a righteous Christian family trying to rescue 18 Jewish people from an earthen bunker under their house. The book will not only make you feel claustrophobic, but all of your senses will experience what it was like to be without running water, furniture, sunshine, fresh air. Although the book explains ‘how’ they did it, I still can’t figure out how they did it.” –Samuel HandwergerCPA and lecturer in accounting.
“‘Backable’ reveals that the key to success is not charisma, connections or even your CV, but rather your ability to persuade others to give it a shot. Suneel Gupta shares stories of personal rejection as well as those of hundreds of others – famous and not so famous. Its gripping storytelling and seven action steps make it an engaging read. My copy has dozens of sticky notes posted all over it.” –Christine M. Schaaflecturer in corporate communication.
King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. by Will Haygood“He was bold; he was brash; he was king of the cats. Building a power base from his father’s legendary house of worship – the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem – Adam Clayton Powell Jr. become a tour de force for black America. He was a tireless champion of the Powell Amendment, which he would gladly affix to proposed legislation in Congress so that African Americans could gain economic clout and elevate their status in the United States. His political career spanned four decades (1945-1971) in which the zenith of his political power was reached when he became chairman of the Education and Labor Committee. Through his indelible presence and advocacy, key parts of civil rights legislation were enacted under the administrations of presidents. John F Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. For those seeking to understand the full extent of this political maverick, I recommend “King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.,’ by Wil Haygood.” –Henry C. Boyd IIIclinical professor of marketing, consultant, lawyer.
Trojan horse by S Lee Manning: “This summer, I recommend an “escape” novel, a thriller that I couldn’t put down. It contains a lot of suspense and fast action. The author, S. Lee Manningreally caught my interest and attention with his first novel, “The Trojan Horse”. Kolia Petrov, its protagonist, works for a government spy agency, which sends him on a mission without his knowledge of the dangers he faces. Manning explores political intrigue and corruption at the highest levels of government. Questions of deception, loyalty, and conscience are what make this thriller so absorbing — questions that, on a smaller scale, we all need to grapple with. She describes the areas visited by Petrov and the work he does in detail, which attests to his research. She’s an excellent writer. The dialogue is crisp, the characters are memorable, and the insider details are fascinating. Having liked his first novel very much, I also read the second Kolia Petrov thriller novel, ‘Nerve Attack.’ His third international thriller, “Bloody Soil,” will be released later this year. I will read this one too. “Trojan Horse” won the 2020 Kops-Fetherling International Phoenix Award for New Voice in action/thriller.” –Elinda Baiserassociate clinical professor in finance.
On human nature by Edward O. Wilson“I decided to read this book again when Edward Wilson, who was called the most influential biologist since Darwin, died last year. He founded the field of sociobiology, which seeks to explain the social behaviors of humans and other animals from evolutionary principles. This field later gave rise to evolutionary psychology, which has had some impact on consumer and business research. The book received a Pulitzer Prize. Although much of the material is now less controversial than it was then, it is still interesting reading.” –Michel WedelEmeritus University Professor and PepsiCo Chair in Consumer Science.
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