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2019

A Global Approach to Data Value Maximization
Integration, Machine Learning and Multimodal Analysis

Author: Paolo Dell’Aversana
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (June, 2019)

This book presents a systematic discussion about methods and techniques used to extract the maximum informative value from complex data sets. A multitude of approaches and techniques can be applied for that purpose, including data fusion and model integration, multimodal data analysis in different physical domains, audio-video display of data through techniques of sonification, multimedia machine learning, and hybrid methods of data analysis. The book begins with the domain of geosciences, before moving on to other scientific areas, like diagnostic medicine and various engineering sectors. As such, it will appeal to a large audience, including geologists and geophysicists, data scientists, physicians and cognitive scientists, and experts in social sciences and knowledge management.

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The  Prosperity Paradox
How nnovation Can Lift Nations Out of Powerty

Authors: Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, Karen Dillon
Publisher: HarperBusiness (January, 2019)

Global poverty is one of the world’s most vexing problems. For decades, we’ve assumed smart, well-intentioned people will eventually be able to change the economic trajectory of poor countries. From education to healthcare, infrastructure to eradicating corruption, too many solutions rely on trial and error. Essentially, the plan is often to identify areas that need help, flood them with resources, and hope to see change over time. But hope is not an effective strategy.

Clayton M. Christensen and his co-authors reveal a paradox at the heart of our approach to solving poverty. While noble, our current solutions are not producing consistent results, and in some cases, have exacerbated the problem. At least twenty countries that have received billions of dollars’ worth of aid are poorer now.

Applying the rigorous and theory-driven analysis he is known for, Christensen suggests a better way. The right kind of innovation not only builds companies—but also builds countries. The Prosperity Paradox identifies the limits of common economic development models, which tend to be top-down efforts, and offers a new framework for economic growth based on entrepreneurship and market-creating innovation.

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Team Human

Authors: Douglas Rushkoff
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January, 2019)

Team Human is a manifesto―a fiery distillation of preeminent digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together―not as individuals. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups.

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Simplify Work
Crushing Complexity to Liberate Innovation, Productivity, and Engagement

Authors: Jesse W. Newton
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (February, 2019)

Simplify Work reveals the typical drivers of complexity and provides a practical method for simplifying work. Inside, global management consultant Jesse Newton delivers a newfound clarity on the case for simplification and the steps organizations and individuals need to take to unleash its potential. He reveals the common drivers of debilitating complexity and provides a recipe for reducing and removing those things getting in the way of peak performance. Based on the research and experiences of a recognized organization effectiveness expert, Simplify Work leaves readers inspired and equipped to create a new liberating reality in both their organization and their life.

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2018

Leadership and Power in International Development
Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability (Building Leadership Bridges)

Authors: Randal Joy Thompson (Author and Editor) and Julia Storberg-Walker (Editor)
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Ltd (October, 2018)

Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability brings scholarship up-to-date with practice, collecting the stories and reflections of twenty leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States, many of whom have extensive experience leading within major international organizations. In clear, straightforward narratives, the contributors gathered here highlight their diverse experiences with context, culture, power, gender and sustainability, and they offer strategies and lessons learned derived from their own challenges and successes. Building on these narratives, the book offers a new model or framework for leading in international development contexts.

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The AI Advantage
How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work

Authors: Thomas H. Davenport
Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (October, 2018)

In The AI Advantage, Thomas Davenport offers a guide to using artificial intelligence in business. He describes what technologies are available and how companies can use them for business benefits and competitive advantage. He cuts through the hype of the AI craze—remember when it seemed plausible that IBM’s Watson could cure cancer?—to explain how businesses can put artificial intelligence to work now, in the real world. His key recommendation: don’t go for the “moonshot” (curing cancer, or synthesizing all investment knowledge); look for the “low-hanging fruit” to make your company more efficient.

Davenport explains that the business value AI offers is solid rather than sexy or splashy. AI will improve products and processes and make decisions better informed—important but largely invisible tasks. AI technologies won’t replace human workers but augment their capabilities, with smart machines to work alongside smart people. AI can automate structured and repetitive work; provide extensive analysis of data through machine learning (“analytics on steroids”), and engage with customers and employees via chatbots and intelligent agents. Companies should experiment with these technologies and develop their own expertise.

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The Value of Everything

Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Author: Mariana Mazzucato
Publisher: PublicAffairs (September, 2018)

A scathing indictment of our current global financial system, The Value of Everything rigorously scrutinizes the way in which economic value has been accounted and reveals how economic theory has failed to clearly delineate the difference between value creation and value extraction. Mariana Mazzucato argues that the increasingly blurry distinction between the two categories has allowed certain actors in the economy to portray themselves as value creators, while in reality they are just moving around existing value or, even worse, destroying it.

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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

Authors: Judea Pearl, Dana MacKenzie
Publisher: Basic Books (2018)

“Correlation is not causation.” This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality–the study of cause and effect–on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl’s work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence.

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Author: Daniel H. Pink
Publisher: Riverhead Books (2018)

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.
Timing, it’s often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

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2017

Thank You for Being Late
An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (2017)

In Thank You for Being Late, version 2.0, with a new afterword, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces―Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)―are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.

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General Ecology
The New Ecological Paradigm (Theory)

Authors: Erich Hörl (Editor), James Burton (Editor)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (May, 2017)

In this ambitious and radical new volume of writings, some of the most exciting contemporary thinkers in the field take on the task of revealing and theorizing the extent of the ecologization of existence as the effect of our contemporary sociotechnological condition: together, they bring out the complexity and urgency of the challenge of ecological thought-one we cannot avoid if we want to ask and indeed have a chance of affecting what forms of life, agency, modes of existence, human or otherwise, will participate-and how-in this planet’s future.

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The Myths of Health Care
Towards New Models of Leadership and Management in the Healthcare Sector

Authors: Paola Adinolfi (Editor), Elio Borgonovi (Editor)
Publisher: Springer (2017)

This provocative appraisal unpacks commonly held beliefs about healthcare management and replaces them with practical strategies and realistic policy goals. Using Henry Mintzberg’s “Myths of Healthcare” as a springboard, it reveals management practices that undermine care delivery, explores their cultural and corporate origins, and details how they may be reversed through changes in management strategy, organization, scale, and style. Tackling conventional wisdom about decision-making, cost-effectiveness, service quality, and equity, contributors fine-tune concepts of mission and vision by promoting collaboration, engagement, and common sense.

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Partner for Performance
Strategically Aligning Learning and Development

Authors: Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Karen Hicks
Publisher: Association for Talent Development; 1 edition (2017)

Partner for Performance is the key to aligning your learning and development role with your organization’s greatest needs. Performance improvement specialists Ingrid Guerra-López and Karen Hicks offer a framework for fast-tracking your growth as an ally to managers and a consultant to business leaders. Their structured, yet versatile method is a fit for any organization, and you can use it throughout the learning-solution process. Form lasting partnerships with stakeholders. Generate, share, and use performance data that support decision making and action. And help your organization avoid failed training initiatives that waste effort, time, and money, while brewing employee disengagement.

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Outcome-Based Performance Management in the Public Sector

Authors: Eugenio Annessi-Pessina (Editor), Elio Borgonovi (editor), Carmine Bianchi (Editor)
Publisher: Springer (2017)

This book highlights the use of an outcome-oriented view of performance to frame and assess the desirability of the effects produced by adopted policies, so to allow governments not only to consider effects in the short, but also the long run. Furthermore, it does not only focus on policy from the perspective of a single unit or institution, but also under an inter-institutional viewpoint. This book features theoretical and empirical research on how public organizations have evolved their performance management systems toward outcome measures that may allow one to better deal with wicked problems.

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Performance Assessment and Analysis
Development Solutions for Worthy Results

Authors: Steven J. Kelly, Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, M. Mari Novak
Publisher: Murray & McCarthy Publishing and Design (2017)

This book reveals the secret of success for performance assessment for all who want to become master organization improvement practitioners. It emphasizes the importance of rigor, evidence, holistic thinking, and careful analysis in designing capacity development efforts. A practical blueprint for every performance improvement professional.

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2016

Weapons of Math Destruction
How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Author: Cathy O’Neill
Publisher: Penguin Book; 1 edition (2016)

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.
But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

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Towards a New Industrial Policy

Authors: Patrizio Bianchi, Sandrine Labory
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2016)

This book is a collection of studies performed by the authors in the last 10 years aimed at rethinking and redefining the concept of industrial policy. The main reason for it is that scholars and policy-makers repeatedly asked for this kind of book. The primary purpose of gathering this research is therefore to provide students with a knowledge base to study and take as basis for further reflections on the topic. For policy-makers, it can be useful in that it puts together the relevant historical, theoretical and practical issues in the design and implementation of industrial policies.

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The Italian Model of Management
A Selection of Case Studies

Author: Luigi Serio
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (2016)

This book is an essential resource for facilitators seeking to help students develop their knowledge of management practice in Italy. It presents a collection of the best case studies and accompanying teaching notes from the Italian Association for Management Development (ASFOR) competition in 2014. The cases are written by teachers across many of the members of ASFOR in Italy, leading business schools, corporate universities and academia. Knowledge gained by professionals often remains implicit and is rarely shared. By grouping together the award-winning case studies in this volume, readers can gain an important insight into how management is conducted in Italy.

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2015

Measurement Madness
Recognizing and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Performance Measurement

Authors: Dina Gray, Pitro Micheli, Andrey Pavlov
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 27, 2015)

Over the past two decades, performance measurement has profoundly changed societies, organizations and the way we live and work. We can now access incredible quantities of data, display, review and report complex information in real time, and monitor employees and processes in detail. But have all these investments in collecting, analysing and reporting data helped companies, governments and people perform better?
Measurement Madness is an engaging read, full of anecdotes so peculiar you′ll hardly believe them. Each one highlights a performance measurement initiative that went wrong, explains why and most importantly shows you how to avoid making the same mistake yourself.

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2013

Needs Assessment for Organizational Success

Authors: Roger Kaufman, Ingrid Guerra-Lopez
Publisher: Association for Talent Development (2013)

Most books start with the tools and techniques of needs assessment and assume that implementation will naturally bring success. This is not the case. Instead of dealing with specific data collection methodology or approaches, this book deals with the framework and alignment that will make such methodologies and approaches useful. Needs Assessment for Organizational Success is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to identify what results should be delivered, justify why they should be delivered, and be able to prove success, all based on evidence. The approaches outlined here will ensure you make the right decisions for your organization that lead to productive results.

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2012

Improving Performance
How to Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart

Authors: Geary A. Rummler, Alan P. Brache
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (December, 2012)

Improving Performance is recognized as the book that launched the Process Improvement revolution. It was the first such approach to bridge the gap between organization strategy and the individual. Now, in this revised and expanded new edition, Gary Rummler reflects on the key needs of organizations faced with today’s challenge of managing change in today’s complex world. The book shows how to apply the three levels of performance and link performance to strategy, move from annual programs to sustained performance improvement, redesign processes, overcome the seven deadly sins of performance improvement and much more.

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Performance Measurement with the Balanced Scorecard

A Pratical Approach to Implementation within SMEs

Authors: Stefano Biazzo, Patrizia Garengo
Publisher: Springer (2012)

Do we really know the critical phenomena that are linked to how enterprises function and the dynamics of their relationships with customers, suppliers and competitors? Are their decision-making processes founded upon a set of performance measurements that were accurately designed and systematically elaborated? The above questions are the focus of this book, as is the following premise: enterprises need a system to measure their critical performances so they can be managed effectively; metaphorically speaking, enterprises need a “management dashboard” to serve as a navigational aid. A dashboard to show – with as few distortions as possible – the pattern of key variables that characterizes the specific formula enterprises use to face their competitive and social environment.

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2009

Performance Architecture
The Art and Science of Improving Organizations

Authors: Roger Addison, Carol Haig, Lynn Kearny
Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (2009)

The book is a hands-on guide to real world techniques for improving performance within the workplace. This important book explores the Human Performance Technology Landscape model that was presented in the bestselling book, the third edition of Handbook of Performance Technology. Framed by the Landscape model and supported by other proven models and tools, the book provides effective structures for anyone who needs to develop their performance improvement skills and knowledge and achieve results. A cutting-edge resource, this book draws on the experiences of the authors in combination with the work of notables in human performance technology, including Geary Rummler, Don Tosti, Judith Hale, Dale Brethower, Roger Kaufman, and many others.

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Restore Yourself
The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion

Authors: Edy Greenblatt, Michael Allan Kirk, Erin V. Lehman
Publisher: Execu-Care Books; First Edition edition (2009)

Winner of the 2009 Indie Book Award for Best Careers Book, and declared top 10 Business AND Health & Wellness Book of the Year. This inspiring book translates years of thoughtful social scientific research into actionable strategies for bringing positive energy back into our work and lives. Restore Yourself not only advances the argument that restoration is critical to both productivity and happiness, it shows us HOW to find that energy and then capitalize on it every day.

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