Twelve Business Books to Read in 2017

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Twelve Business Books to Read in 2017

Reading recommendations from the Stanford GSB community.
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A reading list of books written or recommended by Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni and faculty:

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

By Jim Collins

– Recommended by Hadley Ford (MBA ’91)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

By Ben Horowitz

– Recommended by Joanna McFarland (MBA ’05) and Yi Wang (Stanford Ignite ’14)

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex

By Michael Hiltzik

– Recommended by Stanford GSB Dean Jonathan Levin

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

By Jonah Berger (PhD ’07)

The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great

By Professor Joel C. Peterson

Lead and Disrupt: How to Solve the Innovator’s Dilemma

By Professor Charles O’Reilly and Michael Tushman

Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

By Jessica Jackley (MBA ’07)

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

By Adam Grant

– Recommended by Professor Jennifer Aaker

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

By Dan Jurafsky

– Recommended by Professor Glenn Carroll

The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It

By David Weil

– Recommended by Professor Jens Hainmueller

Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

By Ben Goldacre

– Recommended by Professor Michal Kosinski

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

– Recommended by Professor Maureen McNichols

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