Business Strategy in a Hurry

A Listmania! list by Peter Thomson (New York)
The list author says: "If you are a CEO, new to business consulting or a designer wanting to understand your clients then know more about business strategy will help. A little jargon will also help, as will a lot of practical reading on business problems and solutions that have worked.

This list provides a mix of innovation, business strategy and finance. Once you've read these books you'll have a balanced knowledge of business strategy (in practice and in theory).

I've focused mainly on primary texts an/or those that started a new era in business thinking. These are sometimes harder reading but more rewarding because you've made it to the source. A worthy goal."
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
1.  Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins
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  "A recent but influential management consulting book. A real crossover from a Harvard Academic trying to draw out theory from real-world situations. A good starting point."
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In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies (Collins Business Essentials)
2.  In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies (Collins Business Essentials) by Tom Paters
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  "The original. This book started the entire pop-management and business strategy industry. Surprisingly durable insights but most of their case-study concepts have since toppled from greatness."
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Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter
3.  Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter by Seth Godin
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  "Light but interesting and a quick read. This will give you a few new examples of innovation and differentiation through design."
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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
4.  The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley
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  "An oldie in the innovation space but one of the books that basically started the popular use of the term in business. This is the source."
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Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
5.  Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael E. Porter
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  "Heavy analysis and deep insights but a hard read. This book explains where management consultants get their obsession with graphs from.. they never want to have to read again once they've endured this book."
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Principles of Microeconomics, Fourth Edition
6.  Principles of Microeconomics, Fourth Edition by Joseph E. Stiglitz
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  "While macro-economics is concerned with exchange rates and currency fluctuations. Micro-economics can tell you how much to charge for your widget. - More useful than you'd think."
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International Business - Competing in the Global Marketplace - 6th (Sixth) Edition (2007)
7.  International Business - Competing in the Global Marketplace - 6th (Sixth) Edition (2007) by Charles Hill
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  "The first text book that I ever read cover to cover as if it was a novel. - Fascinating to this day."
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The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Revised and Updated 5th Anniversary Edition
8.  The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Revised and Updated 5th Anniversary Edition by C. K. Prahalad
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  "From the guy that invented the term "core competency"."
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The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production
9.  The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production by Daniel I. Jones
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  "The book that started the concept of 'lean manufacturing" as a popular business theory."
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