On this page you’ll find a list of books that I have on my shelves broken down by category. Some of which I find more useful than others.
Enterprise Business Architecture: The Formal Link Between Strategy and Results
|Whittle and Myrick’s seminal work and one that I keep coming back to. Their development of the “value stream” concept is a fundamental for any business architect. Highly recommended to understand where a lot of current business architecture thinking comes from.
Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution
|Not a book for the faint-hearted, nor one to be read all at once. Nevertheless, this book has insight from real world examples of how to go about deploying IT architectures for different business operating models. The treatment of business architecture is a little light but chapter 2 (Define your operating model) might get you thinking a bit.
Introduction to Business Architecture
|I haven’t read this yet but have it on order from Amazon. I’ll let you know what I think.
UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
|Fowler’s very accessible, but thorough treatment of UML. Recommended.
Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases (Strategic Management : Concepts and Cases, 12th ed)
|A definitive textbook on strategic concepts, approaches and techniques. Recommended.
|Another good treatment of strategic concepts and approaches. Probably a little more accessible than the previous one. Recommended as an alternative.
The Financial Times Guide to Strategy
|A decent overall treatment of the thinking and process of developing a strategy.
Five Frogs on a Log: A CEO’s Field Guide to Accelerating the Transition in Mergers, Acquisition and Gut Wrenching Change
|A very accessible treatment of major change. I believe these were the guys that originated the “90 day plan” concept. And the title? “Five frogs on a log and one decides to jump. How many frogs are left?”. It depends whether the frog actually jumps… deciding is not the same as doing!
Accounting: An Introduction
|A thorough, textbook treatment of accounting methods and approaches covering both management and financial accounting. Recommended as a way of learning what’s important to your CFO and how they think.
Key Management Ratios: How to Analyze, Compare and Control the Figures That Drive Company Value (Management masterclass)
|A more accessible, lighter weight treatment of financial ratios, what they mean and what drives them.
Corporate Finance (European): European Edition
|A good textbook on capital markets and corporate financing.
An Introduction to the Mathematics of Finances
|Despite what it says in the title, this is advanced stuff! Very mathematical, but if you want to understand how capital markets price derivatives and such like this is the book for you.
Management and Organisational Behaviour
|A thorough treatment of all aspects relating to how to organise and structure the people elements of a business. Recommended to understand what’s important to your COO and the way they think.
Developing Corporate Competence: A High-performance Agenda for Managing Organizations
|If you can discipline yourself to see through the hype, this book has some good insights into people and organisational development. I found his treatment of the “shadow organisation” interesting – how the organisation actually behaves rather than how it’s said to behave.
Marketing Management (International Students)
|Kotler’s standard text and primer on all things marketing. Recommended.