strategy+business Winter 2013 : Page 56

B E S T B U S I N E S S B O O K S 2 0 13 58 Reprint No. 00223 63 67 strategy+business issue 73 best books 2013 introduction 56 Contents & s+b Top Shelf Click here for a slideshow of our picks for the Best Business Books of 2013 in seven categories. Strategy Rebuilding the Temple Mount Walter Kiechel III Company Stories Lessons in Failure David K. Hurst Globalization Here Come the New Competitors John Jullens Rita Gunther McGrath, The End of Competitive Ad-vantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) Edoardo Nesi, Story of My People (Other Press, 2013) Seung Ho Park, Nan Zhou, and Gerardo R. Ungson, Rough Diamonds: The Four Traits of Successful Breakout Firms in BRIC Countries (Jossey-Bass, 2013)

Best Business Books 2013

Theodore Kinni

Welcome to the 13th annual edition of strategy+business's best business books.<br /> <br /> Every year we strive to assemble a reading list that will not only engross and entertain you, but also provide concepts, tools, and insights that can help you lead your company to a better future.<br /> <br /> This year's best business books section includes seven essays by expert guides. Walter Kiechel III, former Fortune managing editor, reviews books on strategy that reflect two realities: Competitive advantage is transient, and continuous innovation is an imperative.<br /> <br /> David Hurst, s+b contributing editor, selects books that tell company stories, each a chronicle of failure, but not always recovery. John Jullens, a Booz & Company partner working in China, presents books that explore the three waves of global competitors that are emerging from developing economies.<br /> <br /> Howard Rheingold, who's been surfing the leading edge of digitization since the early 1980s, picks out books that examine three emerging digital phenomena-big data, social structing, and spreadable media. Catharine Taylor, a journalist who has been covering the sea change in marketing in the past decade, offers a set of books that eschew the hoopla of social media and instant ads for the essence of marketing: the customer experience.<br /> <br /> Sally Helgesen, an author and leadership consultant, takes on self-help books for managers. And James O'Toole, a senior fellow in business ethics at the University of Santa Clara's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, finds leadership lessons in the biographies and memoirs of auto industry executives who made the Motor City roll.<br /> <br /> Good reading!<br /> <br /> —Theodore Kinni

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