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Favorite Articles and Books Barclay Hudson (Rev. Oct 30, 2006)


  Two articles I consider classics are:   1. Pascale, Richard, Mark Milleman and Linda Gioja (1997) “Changing the Way We Change. How Leaders at Sears, Shell, and the U.S. Army Transformed Attitudes and Behavior -- and Made the Changes Stick.” Harvard Business Review 75:6 (Nov 97), 126-139. [HBR reprint #97609]   2. Porter, Michael E. and Claas van der Linde (1995) “Green and Competitive: Ending the Stalemate,” Harvard Business Review (September), 119-124. This article’s data strongly supports the idea that regulations spur industry to major improvements in pollution prevention, but also to greater profitability as a result.   09:56, 10 October 2008 (UTC)09:56, 10 October 2008 (UTC)09:56, 10 October 2008 (UTC)    ****************    09:56, 10 October 2008 (UTC)09:56, 10 October 2008 (UTC)09:56, 10 October 2008 (UTC)   Beyond that, the ten books that have influenced me most, at least recently (somewhat slanted toward my interest in complexity theory):  

  1. Kauffman, Stuart (1995) At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Bentz, Valerie Malhotra and Jeremy J. Shapiro (1998) Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  3. Collins, James C. and Jerry I. Porras (1997) Built To Last. Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. New York: HarperBusiness. (Orig. Pub. 1994, with a new Introduction in 1997)
  4. Farson, Richard (1996) Management of the Absurd. Paradoxes in Leadership. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  5. Morgan, Gareth (1986) Images of Organization. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. (see also 2nd Ed., 1997, Sage.
  6. Morgan, Gareth (1997) Imagin-i-zation — New Mindsets for Seeing, Organizing, and Managing. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  7. Semler, Ricardo (1993) Maverick. The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace. New York: Warner Books.
  8. Johnson, Barry (1992) Polarity Management. Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems. Amherst, MA: HRD Press, Inc.
  9. Trompenaars, Alfons, and Charles Hampden-Turner (1998) Riding the Waves of Culture. Understanding Cultural Diversity in Global Business. 2nd. ed. New York: McGraw Hill.
  10. Cilliers, Paul (1998) Complexity and Postmodernism. Understanding Complex Systems. New York: Routledge. Reviewed at (12/5/02)

Then, my next 25 (same biases as above):  

  1. Casti, John L. (1994). Complexification. Explaining a paradoxical world through the science of surprise. New York, NY: HarperCollins. London: Abacus Press.
  2. Bennis, Warren and Patricia Ward Biederman (1997) Organizing Genius.  The Secrets of Creative Collaboration.  Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.  ISBN: 0201570513

 # Diduck, Alan (1999) “Critical Education in Resource and Environmental Management: Learning and Empowerment for a Sustainable Future,” Journal of Environmental Management 57:2 (Oct), 85-97.  # Fisher, Dalmer., David Rooke, and Bill Torbert (2000) Personal and Organizational Transformations Through Action Inquiry. Boston: Edge\Work Press.

  1. Gladwell, Malcolm (2000) The Tipping Point. How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Boston: Little, Brown & Company.
  2. Gleick, James (1987). Chaos: Making a new science. New York, NY: Viking Penguin.
  3. Bass, Thomas A. (1999). The Predictors.  New York: Henry Holt and Company.
  4. Slater, Lauren (2004)  Opening Skinner’s Box.  Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century.  New York:  W. W. Norton.
  5. Kegan, Robert (1994) In Over Our Heads. The Mental Demands of Modern Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  6. Knowles, Malcolm (1978) The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species. 2nd Ed. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Company.
  7. Koch, Richard (1998) The 80/20 Principle: Achieving More With Less. New York: Currency Doubleday (Random House).
  8. Lane, Robert E. (1991) The Market Experience. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  9. Lewin, Roger (1993). Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos. London: J.M. Dent Ltd.
  10. Locke, Christopher, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger (2000). The Cluetrain Manifesto. The End of Business As Usual. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books.
  11. Peters, Tom (1987) Thriving on Chaos. Handbook for Management Revolution. New York: Perennial Library. Harper & Row, Publishers.
  12. Harvard Business Review (2003) Harvard Business Review on Corporate Responsibility.  Boston, MA: HB School.  
  13. Strunk, William and E.B. White, Jr. (latest edition). The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan. The best. A slim, wise volume, a good read, and worth a lifetime of re-visits.
  14. Feynman, Richard P., as told to Ralph Leighton(1988) What Do You Care What Other People Think? New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  15. Waldrop, M. Mitchell (1992). Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. New York, NY: Touchstone Books.
  16. Wren, Daniel A. (2005) The History of Management Thought.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  17. Lao-Tzu (6th century BC).  Tao Te Ching.  Stephen Mitchell, trans. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. 1988.   The S. Mitchell translation is online (as of June 6, 2001) at  A translation by Stan Rosenthal is at
  18. Locke, Christopher, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger (2000). The Cluetrain Manifesto. The End of Business As Usual. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books. (Locke, Levine, Searls & Weinberger 2000)
  19. Lumsdaine, Edward and Monika Lumsdaine (1993)  Creative Problem Solving.  Thinking Skills for a Changing World.  2nd. Ed. New York: McGraw Hill. 
  20. Friedman, Thomas L. (2006) The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.  1st updated and expanded ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.