Books, Society

Recent Read: Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success

As has often been remarked, the United States is undergoing a demographic transformation, and a large dimension of that evolution is the significant increase in the number of people who identify with Hispanic heritage and/or ethnicity.  A new book by Robert Rodriguez and Andrés Tomás Tapia, Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success, provides a sound analysis […]

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Books, Economics, Technology

Must Read: “The Future of the Professions”

In 1540 a legendary union took place in England, in which the Guild of Surgeons agreed to merge with the Guild of Barbers to form the Company of Barbers and Surgeons and so give birth to the first professional association in the West. Since that moment, it has been commonplace for “professionals” to try to find each other and […]

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Books, Economics

My Reading Year Topic for 2016 Is “Light.” What’s Yours?

When I was in grad school, one of the more interesting traditions I was forced to complete was known as the “Reading Year.” It was the beginning of the process for selecting a dissertation topic, and it involved working through a list of books many pages long. In general, it took most people about one academic year to get through the list, whose purpose was to expose the student […]

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Books, Management

Recent Read: “The Design of Business” by Roger Martin

Business thinkers and writers are, if nothing else, a wide-ranging bunch. There is almost no subject, from engineering to chemistry to the lives of historical figures, that they won’t use to make a point about how to be a better manager or executive. Today’s business leaders can sort through countless books and articles brimming with lessons drawn from subjects as diverse as ancient civilizations to […]

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Books, Economics

FT: Piketty’s Maths Don’t Add Up

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has been the most talked-about book in economics in a decade, but according to the FT there bay be some issues with the data: As the FT’s Chris Giles notes: …the rock-star French economist appears to have got his sums wrong. The data underpinning Professor Piketty’s 577-page tome, which […]

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Books, Economics

ProjectSyndicate: “The Right’s Piketty Problem”

J. Bradford DeLong has a witty take on the criticism thrown at Thomas Piketty’s controversial new book, Capitalism in the 21st Century, over on Project syndicate.com An excerpt: To be sure, everyone disagrees with 10-20% of Piketty’s argument, and everyone is unsure about perhaps another 10-20%. But, in both cases, everyone has a different 10-20%. In other […]

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