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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.

  • Being Digital
    Nicholas Negroponte (1995)
    Provides an overview of the development of media technology, and new ways of looking at the implications of technology and mass media. Describes Negroponte’s involvement in the development of digital innovations such as multimedia, personal computing, virtual reality, and the internet. Before the main revolution in digital technology, he made some key predictions about what would happen.  
  • Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs
    Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, and Alex Lowy (2000)
    Provides insight into the growing importance of new electronic marketplaces. Explores how the internet and digital media open up new avenues to wealth creation, using real-world examples. Guides companies wanting to successfully develop business-to-business exchanges or other electronic alliances and accumulate digital capital.  
  • Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution
    Michael Hammer and James Champy (1993)
    This is the book that started the reengineering and process enterprise revolution, managerial innovations that have now become part of standard business practice. Focuses on how to improve three key areas of management—roles, styles and systems. Encourages organizations to take a fresh look at inefficient and outdated processes in the context of a competitive environment.  
  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
    Marc Levinson (2006)
    A compelling account of how container shipping developed from modest beginnings into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. Shows how container shipping transformed global economic geography. Explains how the arrival of the shipping container changed the traditional working practices of the large ports, related industries, and cities, along with its impact on longshoremen, labor unions, and governments.
  • The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution Is Changing Our Lives and Our Work
    Frances Cairncross (2nd ed 2001, originally 1997)
    An ideas book on how the internet connects people to information, services, and entertainment, and how new technology is changing our lives to make distance irrelevant. Outlines 30 specific developments that the author believes will impact on business and society in the near future. Focuses on future trends, and the belief that as countries become more economically interdependent, people will communicate more freely, which will increase...
  • The Theory of Social and Economic Organization
    Max Weber (1924)
    Weber was a key theorist in the history of social and economic development. This is a crucial study for understanding how modern organizations work. Argues that bureaucracy is the most efficient way of implementing the rule of law if undertaken properly.

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