Navigating Revolutions – Book By Book

#DigitalRevolution and #4IR and many other hashtags related to “digital” are trending on social media. Because “digital” is a key concern in enterprises everywhere. We’re facing/undergoing a revolution (digital, industrial,..whatever, but “a revolution“). Digital this, digital that. And, Digital to the Core as Gartner pointed out in their book last year.

So, what to read this year? What’s on your holiday reading list? I will spend my summer reading about “revolution”. 

Did you know that Amazon has more than 150.000 books on “revolution”? So where to start? Hannah Arendt’s classic On Revolution? Or perhaps something more recent?

If you are interested in some “social reading” and want to join a study group, let’s arrange physical and/or virtual meetups! I’d be happy to host meetups – in my garden, at QualiWare in Farum, or in WebEx. So let me know if you’re interested!

My current reading list has the five books listed here below. They’re chosen because they’re recent and relevant.

Andrew Mcafee and Erik Brynjolfsson: Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing the Digital Revolution

We live in strange times. Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master the digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. The balance now favours the second element of the pair, with massive implications for how we run our companies and live our lives.

Klaus Schwab: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

We are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And this one will be unlike any other in human history. Characterized by new technologies fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact all disciplines, economies and industries – and it will do so at an unprecedented rate. In The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Schwab (World Economic Forum) outlines the key technologies driving this revolution, discusses the major impacts on governments, businesses, civil society and individuals, and offers bold ideas for what can be done to shape a better future for all.

Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott: Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business and the World

Blockchain is the ingeniously simple technology that powers Bitcoin. But it is much more than that, too. It is a public ledger to which everyone has access, but which no single person controls. It allows for companies and individuals to collaborate with an unprecedented degree of trust and transparency. It is cryptographically secure, but fundamentally open. And soon it will be everywhere.

Patrick Hoverstadt and Lucy Loh: Patterns of Strategy

Patterns of Strategy shows how the strategic fit between organisations drives strategic direction. It is essential reading for those who wish to understand how to manoeuvre their organisation to change its strategic fit to their advantage. The 80 ‘patterns’ of strategy help you explore options for collaboration and competition within your strategic ecosystem. A practical and authoritative guide, you can use it to plan and navigate your strategic future.

Roger Tregear: Reimagining Management

Reimagining Management introduces the concepts of the 7Enablers of BPM and the Tregear Circles as part of a practical framework for the positive and controlled evolution of management practice; an approach to organizational management that focuses on the creation, accumulation, and delivery of value to customers and other stakeholders. Using this book as a guide, it’s time to reimagine management.