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    Predictably Irrational

    by Dan Ariely
    Item #: 35BS04
    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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    Macrowikinomics

    by Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
    Item #: 3303
    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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    Ecological Intelligence

    by Daniel Goleman
    Item #: 3205
    The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership now brings us Ecological Intelligence – revealing the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and how with that knowledge we can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet.
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    The Innovator’s Prescription

    by Jason Hwang, Clayton M. Christensen, Jerome Grossman
    Item #: 3114
    Our health care system is in critical condition. Each year, fewer Americans can afford it, fewer businesses can provide it, and fewer government programs can promise it for future generations. We need a cure, and we need it now. Harvard Business School’s Clayton M. Christensen presents a comprehensive analysis of the strategies that will improve health care and make it affordable. Christensen applies the principles of disruptive innovation to the broken health care system with two pioneers...
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    The Services Shift

    by Robert Kennedy
    Item #: 3113
    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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    Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    by Thomas Friedman
    Item #: FBR1208
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    The world has a problem. It is getting hot, flat, and crowded. That is, global warming, the stunning rise of the middle class all over the world, and rapid population growth have converged in a way that could make our planet dangerously unstable. In just a few years it will be too late to fix things –– unless the United States steps up and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean ...
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    The New Paradigm for Financial Markets

    by George Soros
    Item #: 30NTFS
    In the midst of the most serious financial upheaval in decades, legendary financier George Soros explores the origins of the crisis and its implications for the future. Soros, whose breadth of experience in financial markets is unrivaled, places the current crisis in the context of decades of study of how individuals and institutions handle the boom-and-bust cycles and dominate global economic activity. The prevailing paradigm for financial markets — that markets tend toward equilibrium an
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    The Elephant and the Dragon

    by Robyn Meredith
    Item #: 30FTFS
    The Elephant and the Dragon explores the earth-tilting emergence of India and China on the world stage and provides an essential guide to understanding how these countries are reshaping our world. Robyn Meredith examines the looming shadows of Gandhi and Mao that help explain not just the past but also how the future is unfolding for India and China. She breaks new ground, outlining how Americans can understand the vast changes coming and can thrive in the age of The Elephant and the Dr
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    Microtrends

    by Mark Penn
    Item #: FBR1207
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Join Penn for a fast-paced ride through more than 70 “microtrends” found in politics, family life, religion and leisure and how each one is impacting our lifestyles as well as our business world.
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