2012 was to be the recovery year for business. It wasn’t. But, 2012 was a great year for business books. Plenty of great titles were published that cover all aspects of business, from exploring business in China, to improving your productivity and listening skills, and even how social media is impacting and changing the way business gets done. Students at Minnesota School of Business are keeping up with the top books in the industry. Here’s a look at some of the top business books of 2012.
1. Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How It Got There and Where It Is Heading
By Jonathan Fenby
The big story of the past two decades has been the rise of China. Fenby, journalist and editor of the South China Morning Post, offers a first-hand glimpse of China’s past, present and future. His in depth and well-written analysis is multi-dimensional and thorough in its examination of China’s business and political culture.
2. The Land Grabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth
By Fred Pearce
As the developed world moves toward green living, Pearce looks at a frightening new trend. As some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and corporations begin buying up vast tracts of the developing world’s real estate for growing food and other uses, this global spending spree is transforming the planet and it’s inhabitants. If you care about where your next meal is coming from, this book is a must read
3. Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All
By Bernard T. Ferrari
Ferrari is a consultant who feels that most organizations’ bad decisions can be traced back to issues with listening. While many readers will have reservations about his theory that bad listening can lead to business fluctuations and losses, they should be prepared to be convinced. He builds a powerful case and offers help to executives to use listening to change the culture of their organizations. Everyone should read this book from students seeking a business administration degree to company CEOs.
4. Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
By Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
With so much pessimism in the world, Diamandis and Kotler have written an optimistic and uplifting view of the future. Improvements and new developments in technology will transform the world and provide abundance. The authors set out to describe a future filled with hope and possibilities and deliver with well-researched answers and facts.
5. All Business Is Local: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global, Virtual World
By John A. Quelch and Katherine E. Jocz
As the buzz over globalization grows ever louder, marketing experts Quelch and Jocz offer a new way to think about business. Using a blend of case studies, hard data and anecdotes, they work through the paradox of the Internet age: how it is now possible for businesses to be everywhere at once. Through interesting and factual analysis, they show how all business truly is local first. This book will help any business, from global giants to small town boutiques, reach and influence customers.
6. 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era
By Nilofer Merchant
This Harvard Business Press Books digital release explores the growth of social media in business and examines what is effective in creating value in the social space. Well researched and actionable, Merchant helps executives to understand the new rules for doing business in the information age.
If you’re studying for your business administration degree, these titles will keep you one step ahead as you enter the employment market. Check out a business administration degree at Minnesota School of Business to learn the skills needed in business today. 2012 might not have been a great year for business, but it was a bumper year for new ideas