Research help

Posted on May 8, 2007

As many of you are aware, I'm in the process of writing my second novel. This novel is closely based on my experience in the business world, so I'm currently rifling through various books on that topic.

If you have been in a bookstore recently, you will notice ridiculous titles like "How to get ahead in the business world," "Business for dummies" and "You are Smart, your boss is an idiot." Honestly, I don't know if any of these are actual titles, but they are pretty close to that. What I'm looking for is any book that discusses the differences between the way corporations are being run now versus they way the used to be handled. Another thing I'm investigating are the ways that upper management handle their employees through difficult and/or traumatic experiences.

I'm including a list below of the books I've read or ones that I will be reading in the near future. If you know any others that would be worthwhile to read, please let me know about them!

  • The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood
  • Brave New Workplace by Robert Howard
  • Corporate Makeover by Harvey H. Segal
  • Corporation Nation by Charles Derber
  • Credibility by Kouzes and Posner
  • Crowd Culture by Bernard Iddings Bell
  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
  • The Opt-Out Revolt by Lisa A. Mainiero and Sherry E. Sullivan
  • The Organization Trap (and how to get out of it) by Samuel A. Culbert
  • Who Moved my Cheese by Spence Johnson, M.D.
  • Workplace 2000 by Joseph H. Boyett and Henry P. Conn

For those of you who are curious, the new book (The working title is Polos to Ties) will be remotely similar to "The Developers," only it will be completely different. The main reason it will be not like my first novel is that this stuff actually happened!