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Book Review – Freakonomics

I had an eye on Freakonomics for a long time and recently I decided to give it a try as people online were fascinated by it. Having my cup of coffee in the morning and going through the introduction, I was sure this will be one of those trivial books that questions everything in the world and doesn’t provide any specific answers. By the time I was having a glass of chardonnay in the evening, I read most of it and realised, the book I just read was not about economics at all. Continue reading →

Book Review – Brunel: The Man Who Built the World

Brunel: The Man Who Built the World, by Steven Brindle, is a short yet comprehensive insight into both the personal and business life that Brunel led. If anything, this book has really emphasised the importance and sheer brilliance of the work that Brunel has gifted to Britain. I think, it is safe to say, that after reading this book any reader would agree in stating that Brunel is definitely Britain’s greatest engineer. Continue reading →

Book Review- Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz: Leading

Alex Ferguson, perhaps the greatest manager of all time, puts forward his book, Leading, in which he explores the enigma behind his 38 years as a football manager. In just 13 chapters, Ferguson tries to analyse the experiences, decisions and tactics that lead to success at a range of clubs, including his 26 years at Manchester United in which he won 38 trophies. The ideas discussed covers a wide range of issues including player and staff transfers, adapting, managing, and authority. Continue reading →

Stefan’s Book Launch: Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management

It is sometimes said that writing a book is a bit like giving birth. Not having given birth I am not sure I can comment on that! What I do know is that the book becomes a little like a child you care about. You have invested time and effort and are keen to see it flourish and become useful. The good news is that a book I co-authored a few years ago is now being published in its’ second edition ( Lewis, S., Passmore,J. and Cantore,S. Continue reading →

Book Review: Engaging Students as Partners In Learning and Teaching

Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty, By Alison Cook-Sather, Catherine Bovill, Peter Felten. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014. Reviewed by: Tom Davidson, BSc Web Science (Computer Science)  The rather weighty tome Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching arrived on my desk almost 3 weeks ago now. It was clear to me from the beginning of this book that it is not a book written to entertain. Continue reading →

Book Review: Economics; The User’s Guide

Economics: The User's Guide, By Ha- Joon Chang. London: Pelican, 2014. Reviewed by: Sotiroula Ioannou, BSc Business Management  The book ‘Economics: The User’s Guide’ by Ha- Joon Chang was first published by Pelican books in 2014 and is his latest book. Chang is part of the research group of University of Cambridge and he is working on alternative approaches to economics, history of economic thought and methodology. Continue reading →

Book Review: Social Class in the 21st Century

Social Class in the 21st Century, By Mike Savage. London: Penguin, 2010. Reviewed by: Yanyan Pineda, BSc Business Entrepreneurship  At first glance, social class can seem to be a mondegreen subject most would have opinions on, derived from however they grew up hearing about the latter. Savage’s take on how society’s divisions came to be and how they stand today render a close look at Britain’s progressions and current situation. Continue reading →

Book Review: What they teach you at Harvard Business School: My Two Years Inside the Cauldron of Capitalism

What they teach you at Harvard Business School: My Two Years Inside the Cauldron of Capitalism, By Philip Delves Broughton. London: Penguin, 2010. Reviewed by: Ivan Ivanov, BSc Business Management The book I recently read is the story of the journalist Philip Broughton who decided to turn his life around. He quitted his job as a Bureau Chief at The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Paris and chose to get an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. Continue reading →