Summer Reading 2020

Still looking for the right book in your garden or on a trip? Vlerick’s Dean Professor Marion Debruyne’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.

21 letters on life and its challenges - Charles Handy

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


Charles Handy is one of the giants of contemporary thought. His books on management have changed the way we view business. His work on broader issues and trends has changed the way we view society. In his new book, Handy builds on a life's work to glimpse into the future and see what challenges and opportunities the next generation faces. How will people cope with change in a world where the old certainties no longer apply? What goals will and should they set themselves? How will they find purpose and fulfilment in their lives? Clear-eyed and optimistic by turns, he sets out the questions that everyone needs to ask themselves, and points us in the direction of the answers.

  • Title: 21 letters on life and its challenges
  • Author: Handy, Charles B.
  • ISBN: 9781786331953
  • Year: 2019
  • Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2019
Super Pumped - Mike Isaac

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


Award-winning New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionise the way we move people and goods through the world. A near instant “unicorn,” Uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a technology giant.

  • Title: Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
  • Isaac, Mike
  • ISBN: 9780393652246
  • Year: 2019
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
How to Wash a chicken - Tim Calkins

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


How to Wash a Chicken is not a book about public speaking (or chickens), it’s a comprehensive playbook for business leaders and people on their way up to give the best presentations of their lives, and embark on a circle of presentation success. All too often, the best intentions and most innovative ideas get lost in a poorly executed presentation. Author Tim Calkins understands the power of a compelling presentation and the difficulty in accomplishing one. From business updates to project recommendations to marketing plans, the brand-strategist Calkins has given more than five thousand presentations to date.

  • Title: How to Wash a Chicken: Mastering the Business Presentation
  • Author: Calkins, Tim
  • ISBN: 9781989025031
  • Year: 2018
  • Publisher: Page Two
Edge - Laura Huang

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


How do you find a competitive edge when you feel like the world is against you? How do you get people to take you seriously when they're predisposed not to? Star Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang has come up against that problem many times - and so has anyone who's ever felt out of place or under recognised. Laura Huang argues that success is rarely about the quality of your ideas, your credentials and skills or the effort you put in. Instead, it's about how well you shape others' perceptions - about your strengths, yes, but also about your flaws. This book will teach you how to find your unique edge and keep it sharp.

  • Title: Edge : turning adversity into advantage
  • Authors: Huang, Laura
  • ISBN: 9780525540816
  • Year: 2020
  • Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin, 2020
Think outside the building - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


One of the leading business thinkers in the world offers a bold, new theory of advanced leadership for tackling the world's complex, messy, and recalcitrant social and environmental problems. When traditional approaches are inadequate or resisted, advanced leadership skills are essential. In this book, Kanter shows how people everywhere can unleash their creativity and entrepreneurial adroitness to mobilise partners across challenging cultural, social, and political situations and innovate for a brighter future.

  • Title: Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time
  • Author: Moss Kanter, Rosabeth
  • ISBN: 9781541742710
  • Year: 2020
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
Competing in the age of AI - Marco Iansiti & Karim Lakhani

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani show how reinventing the firm around data, analytics, and AI removes traditional constraints on scale, scope, and learning that have restricted business growth for hundreds of years. From Airbnb to Ant Financial, Microsoft to Amazon, research shows how AI-driven processes are vastly more scalable than traditional processes, allow massive scope increase, enabling companies to straddle industry boundaries, and create powerful opportunities for learning--to drive ever more accurate, complex, and sophisticated predictions.

  • Title: Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
  • Author: Lakhani, Karim R.
  • ISBN: 9781633697621
  • Year: 2020
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Digital Transformation Know How - Stijn Viaene

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


In recent years, digital development has accelerated and digital turbulence is the new normal. So, it’s time for a synthesis, time to bring stability to that turbulence: What have we learned? What do we know? What should we no longer have doubts about? Whether you’re a CEO or a dedicated worker, you have an important role to play in your organisation’s digital transformation. But it’s hard when you don’t have a common frame of reference or common language. What’s the big picture? How do things align? How can you contribute? In this book Vlerick professor Stijn Viaene offers you a practical perspective on six critical elements of successful digital transformation design.

  • Title: Digital transformation know how : connecting digital transformation, agility and leadership
  • Author: Viaene, Stijn
  • ISBN: 9789463798136
  • Year: 2020
  • Publisher: Leuven: Acco
Ecosystem edge - Arnoud De Meyer & Peter Williamson

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


To succeed in the face of disruptive competition, companies will need to harness the power of a wide range of partners who can bring different skills, experience, capacity, and their own networks to the task. With the advent of new technologies, rapidly changing customer needs, and emerging competitors, companies across more and more industries are seeing their time-honoured ways of making money under threat. In this book, the authors explain how business can meet these challenges by building a large and dynamic ecosystem of partners that reinforce, strengthen, and encourage innovation in the face of ongoing disruption

  • Title: Ecosystem Edge : Sustaining Competitiveness in the Face of Disruption
  • Author: Williamson, Peter J.
  • ISBN: 1-5036-1021-7
  • Year: 2020
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books
Couples that work - Jennifer Petriglieri

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


The majority of couples today are dual-career couples. As anyone who's part of such a relationship knows, this presents big challenges: trying to raise kids and achieve career goals while caring for and supporting your partner can seem impossible. Yet most advice for dual-career couples fails, framing the challenges as a zero-sum game in which one partner’s gain is the other's loss and solutions feel like sacrifices or unsatisfactory trade-offs.

This book is different. In Couples That Work, INSEAD professor Jennifer Petriglieri rejects conventional, one-size-fits-all solutions and instead focuses on how dual-career couples can tackle and resolve the challenges they face throughout their lives--together.

  • Title: Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work
  • Author: Petriglieri, Jennifer
  • ISBN: 9781633697249
  • Year: 2019
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Reimagining capitalism in a world on fire - Rebecca Henderson

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


Rebecca Henderson debunks the worldview that the only purpose of business is to make money and maximise shareholder value. She shows that we have failed to reimagine capitalism so that it is not only an engine of prosperity but also a system that is in harmony with environmental realities, striving for social justice and the demands of truly democratic institutions.
Henderson's deep understanding of how change takes place, combined with fascinating in-depth stories of companies that have made the first steps towards reimagining capitalism, provides inspiring insight into what capitalism can be.

  • Title: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire
  • Author: Henderson, Rebecca
  • ISBN: 9781541730151
  • Year: 2020
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
And already looking forward to in September:
When more is not better - Roger Martin (September 2020)

Vlerick Summer Reading List 2020


We must stop treating the economy as a perfectible machine, Martin argues, and shift toward viewing it as a complex adaptive system in which we must seek a fundamental balance of efficiency with resilience. To achieve this, we need to keep in mind the whole while working on the component parts; pursue improvement, not perfection; and relentlessly tweak instead of attempting to find permanent solutions.

Filled with keen economic insight and advice for citizens, executives, policymakers, and educators, When More Is Not Better is the must-read guide for saving democratic capitalism.

  • Title: When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America's Obsession with Economic Efficiency
  • Author: Martin, Roger L.
  • Year: 2020 (Publication date: September 2020)
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

And I will not only be reading this Summer, but also writing:

Making your way - Marion Debruyne & Katleen De Stobbeleir (September 2020)

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