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    Image of The Industries of the Future

    by Alec Ross

    In The Industries of the Future, Ross shows us what changes are coming in the next 10 years, highlighting the best opportunities for progress and explaining why countries thrive or sputter.

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    How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism

    by Robin Chase

    A co-founder of Zipcar, Robin Chase, introduces the collaborative economy in which companies and governments are using the Internet’s ability to facilitate collaboration by leveraging expertise, assets and resources outside their sphere of control.

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    The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else

    by Steve Lohr

    New York Times reporter Steve Lohr explains how big-data technology has its benefits and its drawbacks, which raises questions about the wider implications for everyone. Lohr lends insight into what’s ahead, suggesting that individuals and organizations will need to exploit, protect and manage data to stay competitive.

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    Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond

    by Jim O'Neill

    It’s been 10 years since O’Neill conceived of the BRIC acronym. He and his team made a startling prediction: Four developing nations — Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRICs) — would overtake the six largest Western economies within 40 years. Now, The Growth Map features O’Neill’s personal account of the BRIC phenomenon, how it has evolved and where those four key nations currently stand after a turbulent decade. The book also offers an equally bold prediction about the...

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    The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    by Dan Ariely

    Irrational behavior is a part of human nature, but as MIT professor Dan Ariely has discovered in 20 years of researching behavioral economics, people tend to behave irrationally in a predictable fashion. Drawing on psychology and economics, behavioral economics can show us why patients get greater relief from a more expensive drug over its cheaper counterpart and why honest people may steal office supplies or communal food, but not money. According to Ariely in Predictably Irrational...

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    Rebooting Business and the World

    by Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams

    In this follow up to their 2007 bestseller, Wikinomics, Don Tapscott and Anthony Willliams once again use original research to provide new examples of organizations that are successfully embracing the principles of wikinomics to change the world. Find out how in this executive book summary of Macrowikonomics.

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    New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges

    by Andrew McAfee

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    One of the first business books to tackle Web 2.0, McAfee's treatise on the next wave of social technology remains a good read for its overall business arguments. This Featured Book Review is intended for any executive that wants to learn the business applications of the social technology tools that captivate his or her employees and customers alike. There's little doubt that hours are being spent interacting with this technology. McAfee helps executives put

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    From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

    by Adam L. Penenberg

    Many of the most successful Web 2.0 companies, including MySpace, YouTube, eBay and Twitter are prime examples of what journalist Adam Penenberg calls a “viral loop” –– to use it, you have to spread it. All kinds of businesses –– from the smallest start-ups to nonprofit organizations to the biggest multinational corporations –– can use the paradigm-busting power of viral loops to enable their business through technology.

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    Seizing the Ultimate Offshore Opportunity

    by Robert Kennedy

    By now, most business people, pundits, and politicians in the United States and other developed nations have come to grips with the phenomenon of manufacturing jobs moving offshore: The process is variously referred to as "outsourcing" or "offshoring. " But a far bigger wave of change is approaching the shores of those same developed nations: the globalization of services. Where are the jobs going? Which companies benefit –– or could benefit? How exactly does services offshoring work?

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