READINGS

LITERATURE SUGGESTIONS

You should read this…!

Within the scope of the literature recommendations I select those books which are worth reading from my point of view, because either basic or new things are included.  In this context I distinguish between the genres “economy“, “digitalization” and “future plans“. If you want to stay updated when it comes to literature, just sign up for the newsletter.

Economy

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow, 2012

How good are your decisions?

In this book, the Nobel Prize winner for economics Daniel Kahneman describes the aberrations our mostly intuitive decisions take. The so-called “systematic mistakes” in our judgement making are revealing and fascinating. This work promotes critical thinking and is therefore a must read especially for those who have to make important decisions on a daily basis. Available as book, audio book or e-book.

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2012

Capital in the 21st century

On the occasion of the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, I have not only dealt with the master himself, but also sought a correspondence for the 21st century. I found it in the French economist Thomas Piketty, who deduces the development of capital in an impressive way. As long as the returns are above the growth rates, the concentration of capital continues to advance. Solutions are needed.

Clayton Christensen, The Innovators Dilemma – Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change, 2010

The Innovators Dilemma

Clayton M. Christensen wrote a “Bible” for Silicon Valley with this book. If you believe those who know the Valley, then this book has been read by every manager of the Valley. Using the example of established companies that were once considered innovative, the author describes those practices and mistakes that are best avoided. If you are looking for a book about management in the age of digitalization, this one is highly recommended.

Charles A. O’Reilly, Michael L. Tushman, Lead and Disrupt, 2015

Answers to the “Innovators Dilemma

In this book, Charles O’Reilly and Michael L Tushman describe approaches to explain why companies large and small are affected by digitisation and, not least, why they are surprised. Similar to Christensen, the authors emphasize the specifics of digitization and the business models associated with it. Very worth reading especially if you want to look at exemplary cases from the economy.

Yanis Varoufakis, Adults in the Room – My battle with the European and American deep establishment, 2017

​Greece crisis at first hand

The book by Yanis Varouvakis is a reckoning with the European establishment. His time as Greek Minister of Finance is summarized in a protocol. For all those who think that Europe must change in order to survive in the future, this is an exciting read. It should be noted that this book deals with only one side of the coin.  It is also worthwhile to get a second opinion.

Yanis Varoufakis, Time for Change – Talking to my daughter, 2015

Economy explained simply!

In this book Yanis Varoufakis pretends to explain economics to his 12-year-old daughter. All in all well done and simply describing what is important in economics. An exciting book for all those who want to get into the subject of economics, but not a book “For Dummies”. The historical context and the derivation of the concepts money and market are especially worth reading and inspiring.

Digitalization

Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee; Machine, Platform, Crowd – Harnessing our digital future, 2017

​Digitization to the point!

The keynote speaker at the ÖHV Congress has launched a new publication after the book “Second Machine Age”. In “Machine, Platform, Crowd” McAfee describes the consequences of the development of machine learning, platforms and crowd for the future. A large number of examples and applications are given, which make the explanations understandable and comprehensible.

Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable – Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future, 2016

12 trends that will change us!

In the book “The Inevitable”, the founder of the US magazine Weired describes 12 technologies that will determine digitalization in the future. What is pleasant about the book is that it does not engage in speculation about the future, but simply continues to think about existing technologies. The twelve technological forces that make this happen allow readers to form their own opinion.

Don and Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution – How the technology behind Bitcoin is changing money, business and the world, 2017

Blockchain Revolution

This reading is for all those who want to speculate about what comes after the Internet. The technology underlying Bitcoins has the potential to change the world forever. The authors Don and Alex Tapscott show the possibilities of the block chain, but also the barriers that are currently still relevant. If the www represents a breakthrough in communication, the block chain, according to the authors, will redefine the world of transactions.

Future Draft

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus – A brief history of tomorrow, 2017

The divine man – Homo Deus

A great book that I can recommend to anyone who dares to look into the future. In this work, Yuval Noah Harari describes what the future might look like and sketches the transition from Homo Sapiens to Homo Deus. It is fascinating how the historian analyses the past and develops his visions for the future. Available as book, audio book or e-book.

Yuval Noah Harari, 21 lessons for the 21. century, 2018

21 lessons for the future!

Again a very informative book by Yuval Noah Hariri, who always knows how to inspire me. This book describes in 21 lessons for the 21st century the most important challenges. The nuclear threat, climate change and disruption are at the centre of the author’s thoughts. He also addresses the expectations of illiberal democracies and nationalism, as well as religions and their role in the future.