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Books & Articles

Adhocracy

Waterman, Robert H. Jr.

As defined by the author, an adhocracy is "any form of organization that cuts across normal bureaucratic lines to capture opportunities, solve problems, and get results." Drawing on his 25 years of experience in management consulting, Waterman shows how businesses can sidestep initiative-stifling bureaucracy and foster innovative environments leading to success. Charles O'Reilly, University of California at Berkeley, calls the book "the single best treatment of innovation and teams that I've read anywhere."


All I Need to Know about Manufacturing I Learned in Joe's Garage: World Class Manufacturing Made Simple.

Miller, William B. and Schenk, Vicki L.
Used by thousands of companies worldwide, this international bestseller uses an entertaining, fable-like story to illustrate the concepts and techniques of World Class Manufacturing and to show how to develop strategies for the future that lead to personal and professional achievement. According to Bill Jasper, president of Dolby Laboratories, Inc., this is "must reading for anybody manufacturing anything." The book includes a helpful glossary.


Beyond Strategic Vision: Effective Corporate Action with Hoshin Planning. Cowley, Michael and Domb, Ellen

This "how-to" guide offers valuable instruction on how to implement and take advantage of Hoshin, a management system developed by the Japanese that helps businesses determine appropriate courses of action and accomplish relevant tactics. According to James Kowalick, president, Renaissance Leadership Institute, this book is a "must-read and must-have for those executives - and their corporate staffs - who want to make their strategic vision happen."


Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done.

Bossidy, Larry and Charan, Ram

Two well known businessmen tell how to deliver results. Larry Bossidy transformed AlliedSignal into one of the world's most admired companies and was named the 1998 CEO of the year by Chief Executive magazine. Co-author Ram Charan is a highly sought-after advisor to senior executives and has remarkable insight into how companies attain success. According to the Boston Globe, "Execution may very well be the best business book of the year and one of the most useful to have come around in a long time."


The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization.

Senge, Peter M.
A national bestseller, this book outlines how organizations can expand their ability to achieve desired results by adopting a coherent body of theory and discipline that nurtures innovative ways of thinking and promotes lifelong learning. Richard Teerlink, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc., says, "If you believe, as I do, that people are the only long-term competitive advantage and lifelong learning is the way to fully develop that advantage, you must read this book."


The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement.

Goldratt, Eliyahu M. and Cox, Jeff
Regarded as one of the most important business books written, The Goal introduced the theory of constraints, which has altered the way corporate America conducts business. According to the theory, employees need to work together on all levels to eliminate "bottlenecks," which are what constrain manufacturing environments. Fortune magazine calls Goldratt a "guru to industry," and Punch Magazine wrote, "Anybody who considers himself a manager should rush out, buy and devour this book immediately."


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't.

Collins, Jim

After conducting an exhaustive research study, which compared a set of elite companies that achieved great results against a group of companies that failed to make the leap from good to great, the author offers findings that upset traditional business beliefs and set the framework for new organizational cultures. Collins is also the coauthor of Built to Last, a national bestseller for over five years with a million copies in print. According to USA Today, Good to Great is "a book CEOs can't wait to buy."


Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation.

Womack, James P. and Jones, Daniel T.

Lean Thinking expands on the ideas presented in the authors' landmark book The Machine That Changed the World, which explains how organizations can use the "lean production" approach pioneered by Toyota. This sequel describes how managers can reinvigorate their companies by creating value for customers. The authors take the best from the American, German and Japanese industrial traditions and integrate them in a form that can be applied to any business activity.


Market Driven Management: Prescriptions for Survival in a Turbulent World.

Ames, Charles B. and Hlavacek, James D.
Amid a volatile and chaotic business environment, organizations need to be market driven in order to withstand new challenges, such as the emergence of aggressive global competitors and the decline of productivity. This book's authors show how to adopt strategic tactics that enable businesses to survive and prosper. In reviewing this book, Ted Leavitt, editor of The Harvard Business Review, says, "This is a first class, tough-minded, authoritative book that delivers exactly what it promises."


Out of the Crisis.

Deming, W. Edwards

Based on Deming's 14 Points for Management, this text offers a theory about how current management has gone wrong and how a long-term commitment to new learning, new philosophies and a new way of managing can result in positive transformations. According to the author, business leadership must implement innovative plans to sustain business, protect investments, ensure future success and improve products and services. He explains his principles of management transformation in simple, direct language.


On Becoming a Leader 

by Warren Bennis (1989)

This thought-provoking classic of business literature draws from hundreds of interviews to help answer the question: What is a good leader? Professor Bennis, a pioneer in leadership studies, casts his net wide, examining the psychological and philosophical attributes of thinkers, scientists, executives, and entertainers who all share an ability to unite people in a common purpose. Anyone looking for a comprehensive, well-researched, and actionable guide to being a better leader could not do better than Bennis' insightful tome.


Set Phasers on Stun and Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error (2nd edition, 6th printing)

by Steven Casey

'Set Phasers on Stun' and Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error, noted designer and author Steven Casey presents 20 factual and arresting stories about people and their attempts to use modern technological creations. `Set Phasers on Stun' demonstrates - - with shocking and graphic candor - - how technological failures result from the incompatibilities between the way things are designed and the way people actually perceive, think, and act. New technologies will succeed or fail based on our ability to minimize these incompatibilities between the characteristics of people and the characteristics of the things we create and use.