These books are recommended by Owen faculty members for learning more about key areas relevant to Consulting.
Walker Management Library Books on Case Studies
Case in Point 10 by Marc P. Cosentino
Call Number: HD69 .C6 C674 2018
Featuring the Ivy Case System - including a section on government and nonprofit cases.
Case in Point: Graph Analysis for Consulting and Case Interviews by Marc Cosentino; Mukund Jain
The use of complex graphs in case interviews has exploded. You have a very short time to look at the graph, analyze it, extract what s important and apply it to your answer. This book was designed to help you understand the role of graphs in consulting (both during an interview and on the job).
Crack the Case System by David Ohrvall
Call Number: HD69 .C6 O379 2015
Crack the Case System is a complete training program for the challenging "case interview" favored by top consulting firms and a growing number of Fortune 500 companies.
HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case by Raymond Sheen; Amy Gallo
Call Number: HD30.28 .S428 2013
Get your idea off the ground. You've got a great idea to increase revenue or boost productivity--but how do you get the buy-in needed to make it happen? By building a business case that clearly shows your idea's value.
General Strategy Books
Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
Call Number: HD30.28 .R854 2011
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy clarifies the muddled thinking underlying too many strategies and provides a clear way to create and implement a powerful action-oriented strategy for the real world.
Competitive advantage. The value chain. Five forces. Industry structure. Differentiation. Relative cost. If you want to understand how companies achieve and sustain competitive success, Michael Porter's frameworks are the foundation.
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley, Roger L. Martin
Now two of today’s best-known business thinkers get to the heart of strategy—explaining what it’s for, how to think about it, why you need it, and how to get it done. And they use one of the most successful corporate turnarounds of the past century, which they achieved together, to prove their point.
Books on Particular Topics within Strategy:
The Art of Strategy by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff
Using a diverse array of rich case studies―from pop culture, TV, movies, sports, politics, and history―the authors show how nearly every business and personal interaction has a game-theory component to it.
The Strategy Paradox by Michael E. Raynor
Call Number: Annex HD30.28 .R384 2007
Michael E. Raynor, coauthor of the bestselling The Innovator's Solution, explains how leaders can break this tradeoff and achieve results historically reserved for the fortunate few even as they reduce the risks they must accept in the pursuit of success. In the cutthroat world of competitive strategy, this is as close as you can come to getting something for nothing.
Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
Drawing on more than a decade of rigorous research, Sull and Eisenhardt provide a clear framework for developing effective rules and making them better over time.
Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation by Gary P. Pisano
Gary Pisano's remarkable research conducted over three decades, and his extraordinary on-the ground experience with big companies and fast-growing ones that have moved beyond the start-up stage, provides new thinking about how the scale of bigger companies can be leveraged for advantage in innovation.
Connected Strategy by Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch
In this book, strategy and operations experts Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch reveal the emergence of connected strategies as a new source of competitive advantage.
Books Related to Consulting
The McKinsey Way by Ethan M. Raisel
Former McKinsey associate Ethan Rasiel lifts the veil to show you how the secretive McKinsey works its magic, and helps you emulate the firm's well-honed practices in problem solving, communication, and management.
Cracked It!: How to Solve Big Problems and Sell Solutions Like Top Strategy Consultants by Bernhard Garrette, Cory Phelps, and Oliver Sibony
Seasoned strategy professors and consultants Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps and Olivier Sibony present a rigorous and practical four-step approach to overcome these pitfalls. Building on tried-and-tested (but rarely revealed) methods of top strategy consultants, research in cognitive psychology, and the latest advances in design thinking, they provide a step-by-step process and toolkit that will help readers tackle any challenging business problem.
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