Sunday, August 29, 2010

Enterprise 2.0 Books For General Managers and Human Capital Management Researchers

For the past couple of years I have been focusing on the next generation workplace. My goal was to find out on how the new generation of employees, new technologies that make connecting and sharing easy, will change enterprise software and people behavior in the workplace. I found these books valuable and decide to share the wealth.  The authors are a blend of seminal thinkers, radical practitioners and consultants. Did I miss anything?

Reading for general managers

Andrew McAfee - Researcher, Academic
Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges

Charlene Li - Analyst, Consultant

Book: Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies

My takeaway: This was the first book I read that covered the Web 2.0 topic in a comprehensive manner.

Josh Bernoff
Empowered : Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business

My Take Away: Consumers are empowered. The only way you can meet their needs is to empower your employees using Enterprise 2.0 tools. A good guide for business and people leaders.
Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead
My takeaway: The way an organizations leadership behaves needs to change to adapt to the new generation of people and tools.

Morten Hansen's book, "Collaboration"
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My takeaway: The book focuses on the economic value of collaboration. 

Reading for designers and users of people management systems
Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein - Academics
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
My takeway: I understood how choice architecture by designers of systems can influence people.

Nicholas A Christakis and James H. Fowler  - Academics
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
My takeway: I understood the power of connections and how they affect our lives. The strength of weak links was a good lesson.

Clay Shirky - Academic
Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
My takeaway: I understood why there is a sudden surge in people's urge to creating rather than just consume.
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

Seth Godin - Thinker, Marketer
Tribes: We need you to lead us
Linchpin : Are You Indispensable?
My takeaway : In todays world, the factory needs the worker more than how much the worker needs the factory.

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson - Entrepreneurs, Radical Thinkers
My takeaway: A small number of companies are disrupting traditional thinking about hiring, managing and retaining workers. 37 Signals is a company to watch. 

Dennis Shiffman
The Age of Engage: Reinventing Marketing for Today's Connected, Collaborative, and Hyperinteractive Culture

Don Tapscott - Researcher, Consultant
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Learning, Performance Management and Succession
Jay Cross - Thinker, Researcher, ConsultantInformal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance 
My takeaway : Conversation is the best learning technology. Learning systems should enable conversation.

Ram Charan - Thinker, Academic, Consultant
Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis
My takeaway : Apprenticeship is the key to succession planning and dialog among leaders is the key to talent management. Not a system that tries to automate talent management.

Daniel Pink
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
My takeaway: Higher financial incentives do not improve performance in 'cognitive' tasks.

Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide: Business thinking and strategies behind successful Web 2.0 implementations
Network Challenge : Strategy Profit And Risk In An Interlinked World

Demographics and Millennial Generation

Marketing and Customer Relationship Management
These book are not directly related to people management. But they are a good read to understand trends in the consumer world.


  1. Great list! I'd start with Morten Hansen's book, "Collaboration", continue with Groundswell and then dig into Groundswell, McAfee's Enterprise 2.0, etc.

  2. Fredrik, Thank Your very much. I looked up the book. Highly rated. Will read the book right away.

  3. Sure thing! Thanks for the kind tweet about the placeholder photo at my blog.

  4. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Great list indeed. What are your most recent recommendations

  5. Fred, The recent recommendtion is Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky and Enterprise 2.0 by Andrew McAfee. I just ordered Empowered by Josh Bernoff. I'll add my thoughts once I read it. I noticed you are reading it. How is it? How does it compare to Groundswell?


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