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The canon of finance literature is vast, with hundreds more publications emerging every year. This section distills the main lessons from most influential finance books both past and present, from the cornerstones to the most popular reads. Each summary includes a concise overview and analysis of the book's most distinctive contributions to management thinking and practice, along with bibliographic information for the featured title and related works by the author.

  • Innovation Corrupted: The Origins and Legacy of Enron’s Collapse
    Malcolm S. Salter (2008)
    Analyzes the collapse of Enron, and the management behavior and practices that took the company from the most lauded of its generation to bankruptcy. Examines how Enron’s risk analysis and control system failed to counteract its management style, and why success built without ethical foundation can lead to disaster. Recommends actions that can be taken to prevent similar corporate breakdowns in the future, including changes to regulatory...
  • The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives
    Michael Heller (2008)
    Analyzes how too much ownership, especially of property, is blocking economic development and innovation. Shows why property, whether physical or intellectual, is now broken down into such small units that it lacks full value or usefulness. Examines the obstructions to an efficiently working economy, and offers means to identify and resolve the difficulties brought about by gridlock.
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
    Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (2003)
    Tells of Enron’s rise and dramatic fall from a US$70 billion company to bankruptcy. Hailed as one of the biggest success stories in corporate America for a generation, the success was shown to be illusory and based on deception. This book details the full story of its downfall and the greed that led to it. Examines the corporate culture, where the behavior of senior executives allowed things to escalate.
  • What Went Wrong at Enron: Everyone’s Guide to the Largest Bankruptcy in US History
    Peter C. Fusaro and Ross M. Miller (2002)
    Explains how the biggest collapse in US corporate history occurred, in an interesting and understandable style. Discusses how a hugely successful energy company moved away from its core competency to become a major player in many new markets. Shows how chasing profits at all costs, and not admitting mistakes, created a corporate culture that was deeply flawed.

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