Core Disciplines / Education

New year, new ideas

The Practitioner

Welcome to the first issue of the new year in which The Practitioner explores the latest (and some of the classic) thinking from the worlds of economics, psychology and innovation theory.

Economics:
New Ideas from Dead Economists
Read the latest version (completely downloadable) of this popular book, now an ebook, by Todd G Bucholz, former Harvard professor and hedge fund manager.

More than 150 years ago, Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle dubbed economics the “dismal science.” But Buchholz’s book is fun! As well as a primer for those advisors and consultants not well versed in this area.

“New World Order – It’s Sink or Swim for All”
Michael Cox of the London School of Economics suggests that the New World Order is not really divisible and that we are “all in it together.” A cautionary tale for companies and their advisors who operate globally.

Psychology:
Listen to the TED talk on “The Power of Believing that You Can Improve” by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, author of Mindset.

And… test your own mindset here.

“How Do People Get New Ideas”
A previously unpublished essay written by Isaac Asimov after he participated in a project for an MIT spin-off, offers some surprising practical advice on how to facilitate a conversation (he calls it a cerebration ceremony!) on new ideas. A brief gem from one of the world’s foremost science fiction writers who was also a biochemistry professor.

Innovation:
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World
Steven Berlin Johnson, who was a keynote speaker at the FFI 2008 Global Conference in London, continues his career with this book and a six-part PBS documentary series that reveals the story behind the remarkable ideas that made modern life possible; the unsung heroes that brought them into the world – and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations has triggered.

The Innovators Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More than Good Ideas
For a contrarian approach to innovation read MIT Sloan School professor Michael Schrage’s new book.

“Organising for Innovation: Old Ideas about New Ideas”
In this blog, INSEAD professor Phanish Puranam revisits the classic elements of innovation.

Yours in Practice,

The Practitioner

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