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I am honored to present our recent and forthcoming authors and titles for the Columbia Business School Publishing program. We seek to bridge leading academic thought and professional practice in order to move fields forward in strategy, digital business, innovation, and social enterprise.
People management at high-growth organizations requires strategy and adaptability—yet all too often rapid growth leads to chaos, band-aid fixes, and use of the latest anecdotal solutions with no regard for efficacy. In Scaling for Success, Andrew Bartlow and T. Brad Harris combine academic research, practical experience, and easy-to-use frameworks into a toolkit that founders, functional leaders, and people managers alike can use to develop and scale their organizations.
Design thinking can seem deceptively simple—but when used superficially, even the best tools don’t create the necessary shifts in mindset and skillset needed for transformational impact. Individuals become design thinkers not through shallow engagement but rather by Experiencing Design. Jeanne Liedtka, Karen Hold, and Jessica Eldridge guide individuals, teams, and organizations through the process of creating these deep experiences at each stage of the design thinking journey.
Drawing from her own experiences as well as reports from the frontier, Deanna Mulligan details how to prepare for and respond to technological disruption by providing a framework for concrete and meaningful action in Hire Purpose.
Making Great Strategy resolves the challenges of applying abstract conventional lessons to unique contexts with a straightforward, readily applicable framework. Jesper B. Sørensen and Glenn R. Carroll show that one factor underlies all sustainably successful strategies: a logically coherent argument that connects resources, capabilities, and environmental conditions to desired outcomes.
Diversification is a core principle of investing. Yet money managers have not applied it to their own ranks. Only around 10 percent of portfolio managers—the people most directly responsible for investing your money—are women, and the numbers are even worse at the ownership level. What are the causes of this underrepresentation, and what are its consequences—including for firms’ and clients’ bottom lines? In Undiversified, experienced practitioners Ellen Carr and Katrina Dudley examine the lack of women in investment management and propose solutions to improve the imbalance. They explore the barriers that subtly but effectively discourage women from entering and staying in the industry at each point in the pipeline.
Family offices are private organizations that assume the daily administration and management of a wealthy family’s personal and financial affairs. Recently, family offices have acquired a considerably higher public profile: they represent a mere 7 percent of the world’s ultra-high-net-worth population—yet control a staggering 50 percent of the wealth. Veteran practitioners William I. Woodson and Edward V. Marshall offer a thorough guide in The Family Office, explaining why wealthy families create them, what they do, and how to manage them effectively.
The brainchild of a progressive professor and a conservative banker, Reimagining Global Philanthropy lays out a new model for more beneficial and effective global philanthropy, rooted in the methodology of community banking. Kirk S. Bowman and John R. Wilcox explore the inefficiencies of the current system and call for outside partners to take a secondary role while local community members lead the charge.
Tom Alberg, a venture capitalist, draws on his experience in Seattle’s tech boom to offer a vision for how cities and businesses can build a brighter future together. He explores how cities can soar to prosperity by creating the conditions that encourage innovation. Like flywheels, livable cities generate momentum by drawing in creative citizens who launch businesses. Success attracts more talent, energizing local economies and accelerating further innovation. The book also examines success stories from smaller cities and their lessons for other up-and-coming tech hubs. Demonstrating the need for innovative thinking that encourages livability alongside economic growth, Flywheels is timely reading for everyone from mayors to business leaders to engaged citizens.
There is significant evidence that an effective organizational culture provides a major competitive edge—that is, higher levels of employee and customer engagement and loyalty translate into higher growth and profits. Unfortunately, business leaders can be deterred from effecting cultural change, believing that an executive’s tenure and an organization’s attention span are too short for meaningful transformation. James L. Heskett’s Win from Within offers a roadmap for achievable and fast-paced culture change, a foundation on which strategic changes can be based.