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3.14

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  • Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In this new age of networked intelligence, businesses and communities are bypassing crumbling institutions. We are altering the way our financial institutions and governments operate; how we educate our children; and how the health care, newspaper, and energy industries serve their customers. Once again backed by original research, Tapscott and Williams provide vivid, new examples of organizations that are successfully embracing the principles of wikinomics.

    Roy says: "Wikinomics Follow-up"
    "dynamic, indeed"
    Overall

    I got Macrowikinomics to learn about recent trends in social development but I think I fell for the hype. I got a lot of business buzzphrases ("interactive web pages"? How many websites are not interactive?) and fluff around some interesting background information on organizations that I was already familiar with. A decent, but nearly-outdated and overly optimistic assesment of the networked age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orrin Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This book shows that the quantitative mathematical models policy makers and government administrators use to form environmental policies are seriously flawed. Based on unrealistic and sometimes false assumptions, these models often yield answers that support unwise policies. Writing for the general, nonmathematician reader, the authors begin with a riveting account of the extinction of the North Atlantic cod on the Grand Banks of Canada.

    Bill says: "Interesting, useful...but..."
    "Interesting but a narrow focus"
    Overall

    A much needed expose on the inadequacies of quantitative modeling for environmental systems. A lot of the subject matter seemed to have a narrow focus; i.e. hours of information on beach erosion was not what I expected. Disappointingly, less time was spent discussing climate models. When referencing figures, the robotic phrase "Please reference downloadable pdf from product page where purchased" occurs frequently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

    3.14 says: "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"
    "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"
    Overall

    Good concepts for managers and entrepreneurs, but very short and the narration sounds like a bedtime story. For a better value, better narration, and more useful information, see the followup, "The Innovator's Solution" instead.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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