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December 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 12

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Tomes light and heavy can give you the edge in 2014

Compiled by Michael Hughes

Global Dexterity 

Global Dexterity
By Andy Molinsky
Harvard Business Review Press, $25 

Today’s global marketplace requires a different mindset. Gone are the days when businesses and engineers spent their entire lifespans working inside of one dominant culture. Managers must adapt their behavior to deal with new cultural contexts without losing their authentic self in the process, what Andy Molinsky calls “global dexterity.” The Brandeis University associate professor details an approach of adapting to individual cultures without feeling uncomfortable. This allows managers to give constructive criticism, make small talk, negotiate and participate in meetings in varied cultural contexts. 


Supply Chain Security: A Comprehensive Approach
By Arthur G. Arway
CRC Press, $69.95 

Everybody is worried about their supply chain’s efficiency and flexibility. But sometimes that comes at the expense of security in a world where thefts, violent attacks and even terroristic threats abound. Arthur G. Arway’s book takes the approach of driving home the importance of securing your supply chain. It aims to show how security, or the lack thereof, ripples through your supply chain with sometimes catastrophic consequences. This point is backed by case studies that include container thefts at ports, pilfering within distribution operations and assaults on warehouses in Latin America. 

Supply Chain Security: A Comprehensive Approach 


The Market-Driven Supply Chain 

The Market-Driven Supply Chain
By Robert P. Burrows III
AMACOM, $39.95 

Yes, we’re well into the 21st century. Yet according to Robert P. Burrows III, most sales and operations planning remains stuck in the 1960s, back when models were driven by supply, not demand. These days, your customers require individual attention, specialized products and quick service, which means your operations planning must be driven by markets. Burrows develops an original methodology that includes detailed case studies to show you how to transform old, internally focused supply chains into today’s advanced, market-driven models.


Idea Agent
By Lina M. Echeverría
AMACOM, $27.95 

Innovation and peak operating efficiency often conflict. Managers have to hire passionate, visionary people and harness that energy into profitable outcomes without snuffing out the creative spark. Lina M. Echeverría spent two decades at Corning Inc. doing just that, finding a rewarding balance between creative freedom and management rigor. This personal chronicle includes business case studies that present seven guiding passions for accelerating, managing and delivering innovation. Although excelling begins with a group, Echeverría writes, you have to manage one person or situation at a time. 

Idea Agent: Leadership That Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation 


Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting 

Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting
By Fred K. Geitner and Heinz P. Bloch
Butterworth-Heinemann, $139.95 

The fourth edition of this primary reference book is a comprehensive gathering of proven methods to increase your enterprise’s mean time between failures and shorten its mean times to repair. The authors provide detailed, complete and accurate information on anticipating the risk of component failure and avoiding equipment downtime. Numerous photographs of failed parts allow the reader to understand the visual evidence of failure. Examples show how to identify, monitor and document your troubleshooting efforts.

Managing Project Stakeholders
By Tres Roeder
Wiley, $45 

Much of the literature about project management deals with technical and business aspects. Tres Roeder takes aim at the people involved – the stakeholders who develop the software, the executives you report to, the contractor who delivers supplies. After all, it’s these stakeholders who hold the key to project success or failure. While most of them have vested interests in project success that can be leveraged, Roeder also includes a chapter on dealing with the difficult ones – including a section on proceeding without an executive sponsor. 

Managing Project Stakeholders 

Energy 3.0 

Energy 3.0
By Rudy Provoost
Le Cherche Midi, $25.66 

Amidst all the doom and gloom about climate change and scarcity of resources comes Rudy Provoost. His book, subtitled Transforming the World of Energy for Growth, takes a hopeful and encouraging tone in an effort to jump-start the conversations necessary for transforming the world of energy, which is critical to manufacturing, production and even civilization itself. Provoost looks at energy infrastructure, options available on the regional level, what can be done in individual homes, and the governance, economic models and tasks necessary to create the future. 

The Leader’s Guide to Speaking with Presence
By John Baldoni
AMACOM, $6.95 

Everything an industrial engineer reads doesn’t have to be thick, heavy and full of complicated equations. After all, engineering managers must show leadership, which is often more art than science. Part of leadership is authentic communication. Even if you have the right words, poor delivery can torpedo their effect. John Baldoni’s thin paperback has 12 chapters that help you improve your sound and ability to meet and mingle as well as leverage a room’s energy and make your audience feel welcome, among other ideas that help you get the point across.

The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence 


Global Production Networks 

Global Production Networks
Edited by Ander Errasti
CRC Press, $119.95 

Operations design and management are more global than ever, as evidenced by the second edition of this book, which aims to answer new questions and challenges that companies face with global manufacturing and logistics. Ander Errasti has collected the research that will help managers and chief operations officers who need guidelines for analyzing, assessing, defining and deploying their company’s operations strategy. The information also will benefit consultants and researchers who need to increase their knowledge of the most innovative tools and techniques available.


Data Mining: Theories, Algorithms and Examples
By Nong Ye
CRC Press, $119.95 

Businesses these days often are awash in data – a stark contrast to previous generations. But making efficient use of the available facts via data mining can make the difference between an enterprise’s success and failure. Nong Ye presents five types of data patterns: classification and prediction, cluster and association, data reduction, outlier and anomaly, sequential and temporal. The book includes algorithms for mining all five types, along with breakdowns of the necessary control charts, models, analysis, matrices and formulations involved.

Data Mining: Theories, Algorithms and Examples 


Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works 

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works
By A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin
Harvard Business Review Press, $27 

Former Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley and Rothman School of Management Dean Roger L. Martin bring their more than 20-year friendship and business collaboration to the pages of this book with the story of P&G’s 2000 to 2009 transformation. Through the years, the pair developed a framework around their strategic approach, a way to teach those concepts to others, and a methodology for making it work in an organization. Their approach can be used in many enterprises
– not just a global consumer goods company.


Advances in Applied Human Modeling and Simulation
Edited by Vincent G. Duffy
CRC Press, $79.95 

This thick hardback discusses model human forms, human algorithms and 3-D scanning, among other topics. It covers the problems inherent in validating digital human modes, explores the future of human models and summarizes the most recent findings. The collection of research examines the various types of human-modeled technology, covering not only what is available but how it can be applied to solve specific problems. This helps ergonomists insert human aspects into simulations or virtual environments to help predict the results of new initiatives in safety, satisfaction, usability and performance.

Advances in Applied Human Modeling and Simulation