The Books@Baker series invites HBS-affiliated authors to share their recent publications with members of the Harvard community. Many of these works draw upon the unique research collections and services of Baker Library and have been featured in HBS Working Knowledge.
Tsedal Neeley, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations
March 27, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Beaubien Reading Room, Baker Library North Lobby, HBS
For nearly three decades, English has been the lingua franca of cross-border organizations, yet studies on corporate language strategies and their importance for globalization have been scarce. In The Language of Global Success, Tsedal Neeley provides an in-depth look at a single organization—the high-tech giant Rakuten—in the five years following its English lingua franca mandate. Neeley's behind-the-scenes account explores how language shapes the ways in which employees who work in global organizations communicate and negotiate linguistic and cultural differences.
Mihir Desai, The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return
Nov. 6, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Beaubien Reading Room, Baker Library North Lobby, HBS
Professor Mihir Desai seeks to demystify and rehabilitate finance by exploring the big ideas of finance using the humanities. Many outside of finance are intimidated by the field and some demonize it without truly understanding what finance is. The book allows one into the world of finance without an equation or a graph - just through stories. Desai argues that some of that demonization is warranted and hopes to improve the practice of finance by ensuring that those in finance view their work through a moral lens.
David Moss, Democracy: A Case Study
April 13, 2017, 4-5:30 pm, Beaubien Reading Room, Baker Library North Lobby, HBS
Democracy: A Case Study invites readers to experience American history anew and come away with a deeper understanding of the greatest strengths and vulnerabilities of the nation’s democracy as well as its resilience over time. The book adapts the case method to revitalize conversations about governance and democracy and show how the United States has often thrived on political conflict. Each of the book’s 19 case studies presents readers with a pivotal moment in U.S. history and raises questions facing key decision makers at the time.
Eugene Soltes, Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal
January 24, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Cumnock 102, HBS
From the financial fraudsters of Enron, to the embezzlers at Tyco, to the insider traders at McKinsey, to the Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, the failings of corporate titans are regular fixtures in the news. But what drives wealthy and powerful people to white-collar crime? Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes draws from extensive personal interaction and correspondence with nearly 50 former executives as well as the latest research in psychology, criminology, and economics to investigate how once-celebrated executives become white-collar criminals.
Karen Firestone, Even the Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing, and Life
April 26, 2016, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Hawes Hall 202, HBS
In her new book, Even the Odds: Sensible Risk-Taking in Business, Investing, and Life, Karen Firestone AB ’77, HBS ’83, confronts opportunities and conflicts, using memorable examples of successes and failures as well as personal insights shared with us, so we learn the art of choosing wisely. Firestone is a life-long, highly trained professional risk-taker. For more than three decades, she’s been a successful investment manager, starting at Fidelity with the legendary Peter Lynch, on Magellan Fund.
Howard Stevenson, Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way
September 22, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Baker 102, Baker Library North Lobby, HBS
In this Books@Baker talk, Stevenson describes his philanthropic journey, shares some emerging research about HBS and philanthropy, discusses five things he has learned about philanthropy that may surprise you, and offers some thoughts on the role and rewards of being a philanthropic leader. Stevenson has served as a board member and trustee of such organizations as National Public Radio and the Boston Ballet and has led significant fundraising efforts at Harvard Business School, Harvard University, and other institutions.
Michael Blanding, The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps
September 17, 2014, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Stamps Reading Room Annex, Baker Library 3rd Floor, HBS
In The Map Thief, award-winning investigative reporter Michael Blanding tells the true-life story of a map dealer–turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III, who stole more than $3 million worth of antique maps from rare-book libraries around the country. Hear Blanding talk about exclusive new information about the case that paints a fascinating psychological portrait of a man driven by desperation to betray his friends and colleagues and deface the artifacts he knew and loved better than anyone.