Insights by Stanford Business shares titles provided by Scotty McLennan, a Stanford Lecturer, for his course “that uses literature as the basis for examining the moral and spiritual aspects of leadership and business.” You can read the post and/or watch a video where professor McLennan discusses various titles. Here are a few mentioned in the post:

  • Siddhartha, a novel by Hermann Hesse, “Written in the first part of the 20th century, it is set in the time of the Buddha but is contemporary in many ways. McLennan says this is a great book for studying work-life balance and what it means to truly live well.”
  • “The ‘American dream’ books, which examine the costs and the rewards of success: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Last Tycoon; Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman and All My Sons; and numerous works by Jane Smiley and Flannery O’Connor.”
  • The Stranger, The Plague, or The Fall by Albert Camus, “for when you need to ‘reset your thinking'”
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, “for a helpful study of the difference between East and West”

Peter Jacobs (Business Insider) has compiled a list of this year’s assigned books, from top colleges, that incoming freshmen are required to read. “The book choices this year range from personal essays to classic fiction, hitting topics that include race, climate change, and sexuality.” Here are highlighted titles:

Princeton University: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele

Duke University: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel

Stanford University: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson, This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff, and Cane River, by Lalita Tademy.

Tufts University: Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, by Eboo Patel

Northwestern University: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King

Cornell University: Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

University of Pennsylvania: The Big Sea, by Langston Hughes

Columbia University: The Iliad, by Homer

Johns Hopkins University: The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Photo Credit: Reading Poetry, by Pedro Ribeiro Simoes, via Flickr, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC By 2.0) license

The Associated Press (AP) recently ran a story about an interesting set of contests that will run through the upcoming academic year at Dartmouth to determine whether people can distinguish between human and computer-generated creativity. AP’s Holly Ramer (picked up here via ABC News), states: “Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create ‘human-quality’ short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. The judges won’t know which is which.” What makes these contests (named DigiLit, PoetiX and Algorhythms) unique “is the evaluation by judges who will try to determine whether the work was generated by computers or humans and whether people prefer the computer-generated work…it will be interesting to see who does the judging — fooling a publisher with a computer-generated short story would be more significant than fooling the average reader, for example.”

Last fall Fortune surveyed professors representing the top business schools to find out which books were required reading for their students. These titles are good to know because as stated in the article: “Here are five texts that will help you get up to speed with the next generation of talent.” Read the entire article here, authored by Shalene Gupta.

Stanford – Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao

Harvard – Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong, by David Goldhill

Wharton – On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership, by Alison Levine

MIT, Insead, Northwestern – Data Science for Business: What You Need to Know About Data Mining and Data-Analytic Thinking, by Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett

Insead, Northwestern – The Risk-Driven Business Model, by Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine

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Photo Credit: 4th of July Fireworks, by Mike Renlund, via Flickr, CC Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Now that the 4th of July weekend is quickly approaching, Bloomberg has provided a great list of suggested titles for summer reading. For the article, “These Are Wall Street’s Must-Read Books of the Summer,” (authored by Julie Verhage), Bloomberg asked a few of Wall Street’s “best and brightest” what books were on their lists for summer reading. Here’s a sampling of titles that are suggested. Click here to read the entire article.

Bill Ackman, founder and chief executive officer of Pershing Square Capital Management:

  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
  • Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Sallie Krawcheck, former Bank of America and Citigroup executive:

  1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (preordered)
  2. When Paris Went Dark by Ronald C. Rosbottom

Cengage Learning recently conducted an Engagement Insights Survey, where they “asked hundreds of instructors and thousands of students to provide their perspectives on library use and research habits.” This infographic “compares their responses and provides insight into the ways that instructors and students across the United States make use of their campus libraries.”


Ohio University (Online MBA Program) posted this infographic illustrating the benefits of happy employees. “No matter the size of a business, creating stronger engagement among employees and with their superiors will create a happier, faster growing, and more productive workplace.”

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