Hot Books

Books that I recommend:

I have just finished Harvard Business Review On The Business Value Of IT, and it is one of those books that you just can’t put down! It covers topics like Human-Centered Information Management, Information Technology and the CEO, IT Outsourcing: Maximize Flexibility and Control and Managing by Wire. It explains how IT has had a huge effect on businesses around the world, yet most companies are still failing in their attempt to make good use of  this technology. Due to the fact that  managers are either just emphasising on hardware and software or do not trust computer decision-making andetc. Here is an abstract from the book:

Information Technology (IT) influences all aspects of business today, and this wide-ranging resource will help managers to understand the key concepts and terms, and to envision the strategic potential of their IT assets. The articles provide a candid dialogue on the issues surrounding outsourcing and take a look at planning for connectivity and control in the year 2000 and beyond.



At the moment I am in the process of reading Winning 3-Legged Race. This book is the result of the contribution of many Researches, CIOs, CEOs, Executive Directors and other decision makers who are members of BTM (Business and Technology Management) which is an institute that provides a set of guiding principles that create a seamless management approach and connects all the way through technology investment and implementation.The book is organized into two main sections. Part I addresses BTM at the most strategic levels, where the board, the CEO, and the entire leadership team must be intensely involved if a company expects to be successful. Part II, delves deeper into specific issues of actually getting business and technology to run together according to strategy. Here is an abstract from the book: 

Winning the Three Legged Race is the first major output of the new Business Technology Management (BTM) Institute, reflecting insights from world-class experts in industry and academia. It gives enterprise, line-of-business, and IT leaders a powerful framework for optimizing areas critical to producing sustainable value from technology:

1. Strategy, planning, and management.

2. Technology investment.

3. Strategic enterprise architecture.

4. Governance and organization.

For each area, the authors identify implications for ordered processes, organizational structures, information requirements, and technology. Winning the Three Legged Race introduces the BTM Maturity Model: a breakthrough benchmark for setting priorities and mapping effective change paths. The authors support their framework with up-to-the-minute data, new case studies, executive interviews, and Top 10 Action Lists that empower decision-makers to act–and get results.


Making Strategy Work is the next book that I am planning to read in the very near future. Here is an abstract from the book  for those people who may be interested:

Without effective execution, no business strategy can succeed. Unfortunately, most managers know far more about developing strategy than about executing it — and overcoming the difficult political and organizational obstacles that stand in their way.In this book, leading consultant and Wharton professor Lawrence Hrebiniak offers the first comprehensive, disciplined process model for making strategy work in the real world. Drawing on his unsurpassed experience, Hrebiniak shows why execution is even more important than many senior executives realize, and sheds powerful new light on why businesses fail to deliver on even their most promising strategies. Next, he offers a systematic roadmap for execution that encompasses every key success factor: organizational structure, coordination, information sharing, incentives, controls, change management, culture, and the role of power and influence in your business. Making Strategy Work concludes with a start-to-finish case study showing how to use Hrebeniak’s ideas to address one of today’s most difficult business execution challenges: ensuring the success of a merger or acquisition.


Harvard Business Review on Strategies for Growth is a good book that I read recently. It presents the latest tactics–including acquisitions, diversification, and innovation–for helping managers find and exploit the best opportunities for growth and profitability. “For managers of diversified corporation the logic of value innovation can be used to identify the most promising possibilities for growth across a portfolio of businesses …. A company’s pioneers are the businesses that offer unprecedented value”. This book examines the growth in different  industries, organizations, high-tech, low-tech and companies from different countries. No matter what the businesses, what did matter constantly was the way managers of the companies thought about strategy… I found it a very rich and useful book. Well worth the read.


2 Comments on “Hot Books”

  1. Sonny Zulhuda Says:

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  2. Anonymous Says:

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