50 Books for Your Reading List

This is a list of the 50 books that were most useful for me while writing my third book.

The writing of Management 3.0 Workout is behind me. Now it is time to reflect. 🙂

Here you find a list of the 50 books that were most useful/important for me while writing my third book. When you download my FREE book you will notice that the Bibliography section actually has many more references to books and articles. However, I can safely say that these 50 books were most valuable to me.

Maybe you find them valuable too?

Book Link
Ackoff, Russell L. Re-Creating the Corporation: A Design of Organizations for the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
Appelo, Jurgen. How to Change the World: Change Management 3.0. Rotterdam: Jojo Ventures BV, 2012.
Appelo, Jurgen. Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders. Upper Saddle River: Addison-Wesley, 2011.
Ariely, Dan. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. New York: Harper, 2009.
Austin, Robert D. Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations. New York: Dorset House Publishing, 1996.
Bogsnes, Bjarte. Implementing Beyond Budgeting: Unlocking the Performance Potential. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
Branson, Richard. Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School. London: Virgin, 2012.
Cockburn, Alistair. Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition). Upper Saddle River: Addison-Wesley, 2007.
Deming, W. Edwards. The New Economics: For Industry, Government, Education. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.
Deming, W. Edwards. Out of the Crisis. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Engineering Study, 1986.
Denning, Stephen. The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Drucker, Peter F. and Joseph A. Maciariello. Management: Revised Edition. New York: Collins, 2008.
Godin, Seth. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. New York: Portfolio, 2008.
Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. New York: Basic Books, 2006.
Hamel, Gary. What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Harford, Tim. Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. New York: Broadway Books, 2010.
Hoverstadt, Patrick. The Fractal Organization: Creating Sustainable Organizations with the Viable System Model. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
Hsieh, Tony. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. New York: Business Plus, 2010.
Hubbard, Douglas W. How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of “Intangibles” in Business. Hoboken: Wiley, 2010.
Hurley, Robert F. The Decision to Trust: How Leaders Create High-Trust Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Kahneman, DanielThinking, Fast and Slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Kauffman, Stuart A. At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Kohn, Alfie. Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993.
Kotter, John P. Leading Change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1996.
Lencioni, Patrick. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
Liker, Jeffrey K. and Gary L. Convis. The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Mackey, John and Rajendra Sisodia. Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.
Meadows, Donella. Thinking in Systems: A Primer. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Pub, 2008.
Mintzberg, Henry. Managers, Not MBAs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004.
Patterson, Kerry et al. Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.
Reinertsen, Donald G. The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development. Redondo Beach: Celeritas, 2009.
Reiss, Steven. Who Am I? The 16 Basic Desires That Motivate Our Behavior and Define Our Personality. New York: Berkley Pub, 2002.
Ressler, Cali and Jody Thompson. Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It: A Results-Only Guide to Taking Control of Work, Not People. Hoboken: Wiley, 2013.
Ries, Eric. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. New York: Crown Business, 2011.
Robin, Jennifer and Michael Burchell. No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace into a Great One. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013.
Rosenzweig, Philip M. The Halo Effect and the Eight Other Business Delusions that Deceive Managers. New York: Free Press, 2007.
Rother, Mike. Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness, and Superior Results. New York: McGraw Hill, 2010.
Rothman, Johanna and Esther Derby. Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. Raleigh: Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2005.
Seddon, John. Freedom from Command & Control: Rethinking Management for Lean Service. New York: Productivity Press, 2005.
Semler, Ricardo. The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works. New York: Portfolio, 2004.
Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday/Currency, 2006.
Sinek, Simon. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. New York: Portfolio, 2009.
Spitzer, Dean R. Transforming Performance Measurement: Rethinking the Way We Measure and Drive Organizational Success. New York: American Management Association, 2007.
Stacey, Ralph. Complexity and Organizational Reality: Uncertainty and the Need to Rethink Management after the Collapse of Investment Capitalism. London: Routledge, 2010.
Surowiecki, James. The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
Taleb, Nassim N. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. New York: Random House, 2012.
Taylor, William and Polly G. LaBarre. Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. New York: William Morrow, 2006.
Weinberg, Gerald M. An Introduction to General Systems Thinking. New York: Dorset House, 2001.

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  • janmikula

    Hello Jurgen, thanks for tips. Could you write one or two sentences about each book. You know why it’s worth to read or the main idea of the book. It would be very useful. Thanks.

    • jurgenappelo

      Are you kidding? Do you know how much work that is? 🙂

      I suggest you follow me on GoodReads, you can read 1-sentence reviews there. 🙂

      https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4462627.Jurgen_Appelo

      • janmikula

        Yeah, I know. But it would be really cool. 🙂 Thanks for the Good Reads tip.

      • Parisa Entezami

        But you haven’t reviewed or rated some of them in GoodReads..

        • jurgenappelo

          Correct. I only started doing that recently.

  • davorcengija

    I don’t see the links to the books, though…

    • jurgenappelo

      Why don’t you try and click on the book covers?

      • davorcengija

        Eh… It seems that my Firefox is broken, there are no book covers to click on. It works in Chrome, though. Thanks!

        • jurgenappelo

          Hm, interesting. Or else Amazon’s scripts are broken for Firefox.

          • http://www.officeandbusiness.be/ Patrick Sledz

            It is the ad blocker that is causing this. I had no book covers (in Chrome) but if I disable Adblock plus, they appear.

          • jurgenappelo

            I copied the links from the book covers to the titles. Thanks for your comments.

  • Cláudio Pires

    Great generous knowledge sharing, Jurgen! Thanks!

  • Parisa Entezami

    thanks 🙂

  • Stefan Wunder

    That’s a great list of management books. Thanks for sharing, Jurgen!

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