Books for Critical Reviews

BSAD 8480, Economics of Technology

Fall 2004

Prof. Art Diamond


The class on Friday, November 5th will be devoted mainly to the Christensen books, with the bulk of the time devoted to Christensen and Raynor’s The Innovatior’s Solution.  In our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the book, we will incorporate the critical review presentations of students who are reviewing books that have been praised by Christensen and Raynor in a given chapter.  The list below gives the chapter numbers, along with the critical reviews that will be presented as part of the discussion of each chapter.


After the books listed by chapter, is an alphabetical list of critical review books that were not mentioned by Christensen and Raynor.  These will also be presented on November 5th, if time permits.  But some or all of these may be held over until the November 12th class, if we need to, to complete our discussion of all three of the Christensen books.


Ch. 1

Bower, Joseph L.  Managing the Resource Allocation Process.  Homewood, IL:  Richard D. Irwin, 1970.                                                                                                 Gines, D.


Burgelman, Robert.  Strategy is Destiny.  New York:  Free Press, 2002.          Gonzalez, F.


Foster, Richard.  Innovation:  The Attacker’s Advantage.  New York:  Summit Books, 1986. Carlson, C.


Rappaport, Alfred and Michael J. Mauboussin.  Expectations Investing:  Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns.  Boston:  Harvard Business School Press, 2001.   Lange, T.


Zook, Chris and James Allen.  Profit from the Core.  Boston:  Harvard Business School Press, 2001. Thompson, RC.


Ch. 2

Wheelwright, Steven C. and Kim B. Clark.  Revolutionizing New Product Development.  New York:  Free Press, 1992.                              Cherrington, J.


Ch. 5

Funk, Jeffrey Lee.  The Mobile Internet:  How Japan Dialed Up and the West Disconnected.  Hong Kong:  ISI Publications, 2001.                                                                       Kramer, M.


Ch. 6

Porter, Michael.  Competitive Advantage.  New York:  Free Press, 1985.         Schliefert, K.


Ch. 7

McCall, Morgan.  High Flyers:  Developing the Next Generation of Leaders.  Boston:  Harvard Business School Press, 1998.                                                                                Comisar, F.


Schein, Edgar.  Organizational Culture and Leadership.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, 1988.   Fires, R.


Ch. 8

Bhide, Amar.  The Origin and Evolution of New Business.  Oxford and New York:  Oxford University Press, 2000.                                                                                    Schmaderer, C.



The list below is an alphabetical list of critical review books chosen that are not directly related to Christensen.  These will probably be presented on Friday, Nov. 5, but may be held over until Friday, Nov. 12, if we need the time on the 5th to complete discussion of all three Christensen books.


+Atkinson, William Illsey.  Nanocosm:  Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivably Small.  Anacom, 2003.  (ISBN:  0814471811)                                      Pederson, A.


+Conant, Jennet.  Tuxedo Park:  A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Place of Science That Changed the Course of World War II.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2002.  (ISBN:  0684872870)  Thome, B.


+Gladwell, Malcolm.  The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.   Back Bay Books, 2002.  (ISBN: 0316346624)                                                           Range, M.


+Hargadon, Andrew and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt.  How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate.   Harvard Business School Press, 2003.

(ISBN: 1578519047)                                                                     Wageman, J.


+Nalebuff, Barry J. and Ian Ayres.  Why Not?  How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small.  Harvard Business School Press, 2003.  (ISBN: 1591391539)                 Wilwerding, L


+Sloan, Alfred P.  My Years with General Motors.  Viking, 1991 (with an introduction by Peter Drucker).  [Bill Gates calls this “my favorite business book” in Business @ the Speed of Thought, 1999, p. 6]   Cathala, D.


+Strauss, Steven D.  The Big Idea:  How Business Innovators Get Great Ideas to Market.  Dearborn Trade, 2002 (highlighted on CNBC on 7/19/02)                                                              Oberto, G.