Best Summer Business Reading

Published Monday, August 01, 2011 2:13 PM

Mindless beach reads are popular fare during the summer months but smart cookies also stock their bedside with the best of business reading.

Summer comes with downtime, the perfect chance to read and reflect on topics often overlooked or glossed over during the busyness of the day-to-day. Crack open a few of the selections from the lists we've culled and settle in for that most restorative and rejuvenating of pastimes: reading and reflecting.

The Washington Post rounded up a list of reads  from the faculty of the University of Maryland's Business School. The list covers a range of topics including the emergence of China and India as business powerhouses, a peek inside the workings of Google and effective change management.

Business Week also has a "poolside MBA" list  with selections from professors at the nation's top B-schools. Selections include new millennium favorites such as The World is Flat  by Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point as well as golden oldies such as Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac.

And for some unconventional business reading, we like the recommendations in this Fast Company article. 

Bold-faced names such as Dan Pink and Eliot Spitzer offer their take on business reading; for example, Spitzer's suggests The Bonfire of the Vanities as a cautionary tale of Wall Street greed run amok.  

Do you have any must-read business selections to recommend? Share your thoughts here and at the Pendaflex Facebook page.



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