Summer Reading

Summer reading tips

Still looking for the right book on the beach or by the pool?
Vlerick’s annual summer booklists make it easy to find great books you will enjoy during summer.

Please visit the Vlerick library to borrow your summer books or to discover our entire collection.


Who you can trust


In this revolutionary book, world-renowned trust expert Rachel Botsman reveals that we are at the tipping point of one of the biggest social transformations in human history--with fundamental consequences for everyone. A new world order is emerging: we might have lost faith in institutions and leaders, but millions of people rent their homes to total strangers, exchange digital currencies, or find themselves trusting a bot. This is the age of "distributed trust," a paradigm shift driven by innovative technologies that are rewriting the rules of an all-too-human relationship.

If we are to benefit from this radical shift, we must understand the mechanics of how trust is built, managed, lost, and repaired in the digital age. In the first book to explain this new world, Botsman provides a detailed map of this uncharted landscape--and explores what's next for humanity.

  • Title: Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together - and Why It Could Drive Us Apart
  • Author: Botsman, Rachel
  • ISBN: 9780241296172
  • Year: 2017
  • Publisher: London: Portfolio Penguin

Batteries of change


Managing change becomes an increasingly critical capability in today's turbulent and disruptive work environment. Nevertheless, research indicates that failure rates of change initiatives remain high.

The Batteries of Change shows managers how to develop transformation competency by creating a more energized organization, capable of dealing with faster and more complex change. it does this by setting up new frameworks, and referring to numerous cases to illustrate the effectiveness of each approach.

  • Title: Six Batteries of Change
  • Author: De Prins, Peter; Letens, Geert; Verweire, Kurt
  • ISBN: 9789401444569
  • Year: 2017
  • Publisher: LannooCampus

Great at work


Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his “Seven Work Smarter Practices” that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. Each of Hansen’s seven practices is highlighted by inspiring stories from individuals in his comprehensive study. Each chapter contains questions and key insights to allow you to assess your own performance and figure out your work strengths, as well as your weaknesses.

  • Title: Great at Work: How Top Performers Do less, Work better, and Achieve more
  • Author: Hansen, Morten T.
  • ISBN: 9781471149078
  • Year: 2018
  • Publisher: London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.

Skin in the Game


In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths.

  • Title: Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • Authors: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas
  • ISBN: 9780425284629
  • Year: 2018
  • Publisher: New York: Random House



The authors promote "a new category of professionals born out of the social media era: highly valuable community-builders who make things happen through their keen understanding and utilisation of social capital. Superconnectors understand the power of relationship-building, problem-solve by connecting the dots at high levels, and purposefully cause different worlds and communities to interact with the intention of creating mutual value.

  • Title: Super Connector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter
  • Authors: Gerber, Scott; Paugh, Ryan; Ferrazzi, Keith
  • ISBN: 9780738219967
  • Year: 2018
  • Publisher: New York, NY: Da Capo Lifelong



The demand for agile organisations has never been bigger than in today's fast-moving economy. This book puts forward the framework and techniques that will allow your organization to withstand turbulence and adapt to such a volatile environment. The Agile Leader's Scrapbook is an inspiration in finding the logics of management that suit the particular needs of your organization perfectly. By laying out the basics of what it means to create an 'agile' working environment, it provides clues to a better approach to co-creation, and to letting self-sufficient teams make better decisions, among other practical insights. This book is a radical plea for abandoning the mantra of hierarchic management and embracing co-creation.

  • Title: The Agile Leader's Scrapbook
  • Author: Van den Broeck, Herman; Jordaan, Barney
  • ISBN: 9789401447140
  • Year: 2018
  • Publisher: LannooCampus



In When, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?

  • Title: When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
  • Author: Pink, Daniel H.
  • ISBN: 9781782119883
  • Year: 2018
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd

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