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2023 in Review

2023 has been a whirlwind for business, economics, and finance. From the shutdown of three major banks to the trial of cryptocurrency wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried, from high-profile strikes in the entertainment and auto industries to the ongoing artificial intelligence gold rush, there's been a lot in the news to keep Questrom's fields of study front of mind. For this list, we're looking over some highlights in the BU Libraries catalog published in the last year. These books discuss the companies, people, and ideas that have shaped our world so far - and provide insights into what awaits us in 2024 and beyond.

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The Coming Wave : Technology, Power, and the Twenty-First Century's Greatest Dilemma

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As co-founder of the pioneering AI company DeepMind, part of Google, Mustafa Suleyman has been at the center of this revolution. The coming decade, he argues, will be defined by this wave of powerful, fast-proliferating new technologies. In The Coming Wave, Suleyman shows how these forces will create immense prosperity but also threaten the nation-state, the foundation of global order. As our fragile governments sleepwalk into disaster, we face an existential dilemma: unprecedented harms on one side, the threat of overbearing surveillance on the other. Can we forge a narrow path between catastrophe and dystopia?  This groundbreaking book from the ultimate AI insider establishes "the containment problem"--the task of maintaining control over powerful technologies--as the essential challenge of our age.

Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy

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In 2016, the fate of Paramount Global hung precariously in the balance. Its founder and head, ninety-three-year-old Sumner M. Redstone, was facing a very public lawsuit brought by a former romantic companion, Manuela Herzer--a lawsuit that placed Sumner's deteriorating health and questionable judgment under a harsh light. When his daughter, Shari, took control of her father's business, she faced the hostility of boards and management who for years had heard Sumner disparage her. Les Moonves, the popular CEO of CBS, felt particularly threatened and schemed with his allies on the board to strip Shari of power. But while he publicly battled Shari, news began to leak that Moonves had been involved in multiple instances of sexual misconduct, and he began working behind the scenes to try to make the stories disappear. 

Right Kind of Wrong : The Science of Failing Well

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A revolutionary guide that will transform your relationship with failure, from the pioneering researcher of psychological safety and award-winning Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson. In Right Kind of Wrong, Edmondson provides the framework to think, discuss, and practice failure wisely. Outlining the three archetypes of failure--basic, complex, and intelligent--Amy showcases how to minimize unproductive failure while maximizing what we gain from flubs of all stripes. She illustrates how we and our organizations can embrace our human fallibility, learn exactly when failure is our friend, and prevent most of it when it is not. This is the key to pursuing smart risks and preventing avoidable harm. 

Best Business Books of 2023

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