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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Here are some of the books and software business school faculty used in Autumn 2010 courses and also a brief explanation of why you might enjoy these materials.

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Dayby Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven
“The authors interviewed poor families in South Africa, India, and Bangladesh approximately every two weeks, completing diaries that tracked all of their financial transactions. This simple approach generates a number of important insights. The authors show convincingly that such behaviors are sensible given the constraints but ultimately contribute to the persistence of poverty.”
—Prof Jesper Sørensen, Poverty, Entrepreneurship, and Development

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting The Life You Wantby Sonja Lyubomirsky
Stumbling on Happiness
by Daniel Todd Gilbert
“The How of Happiness reviews what we have learned about the antecedents of happiness and how to use that knowledge personally. Another book, Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness provides an equally insightful exploration of the mistakes people make when pursuing happiness. It turns out many people are not very good at forecasting what it is that will improve their subjective well-being.”
— Prof. Roderick Kramer, Lives of Consequence

ExtendSim simlulation software
“I have used ExtendSim for the last 10 years or so in both modeling and operations core courses at the GSB. As a discrete-event simulation tool, it allows us to explore business processes subject to ‘queuing effects’ for which no purely mathematical representation exists. I have found it to be relatively easy for students to learn, and the developer, Imagine That, has put a lot of thought and effort into designing an elegant user interface. ”
— Prof. James Patell, Advanced Modeling Seminar, which is co-taught by Jeffrey Moore

Shackleton’s Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorerby Margot Morrell, Stephanie Capparell, and Alexandra Shackleton

“The book is a very readable summary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic exploration attempt on the Endurance. The ship became trapped in the ice, and the saga of those 28 men and how Shackleton led them all home safely is an incredible leadership story. I use it as a ‘case study’ in my seminar on issues in leadership, where we explore the what, how, why, and who of leadership.”
— Dean Emeritus Robert Joss, Issues in Leadership

Strategy for Sustainabilityby Adam Werbach
“I chose this book because it provides some usable frameworks for thinking about how firms can move toward practices that are more environmentally sustainable. It is useful for anyone considering a change to more sustainable business practices and those interested in corporate social responsibility more broadly.”
—Prof. Sarah Soule, Sustainability as Market Strategy

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott Page
“Author Scott Page lucidly explains why increasing the cognitive diversity of groups and organizations can boost their problem-solving power. His argument is well reasoned. It not only spells out why this mechanism works; it also carefully describes when it will do so.”
— Prof. Jonathan Bendor, Creativity, Problem Solving, and Innovation

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