• THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Steven R. Covey
"Few of us follow these simple precepts, and this book helps give tools to do so."
• THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE by Scott Adams
"I spend months writing up a complex theory of why good management is so rare. I spend further months accumulating statistical evidence supporting my theory. I then find Scott Adams has already summed up my theories and evidence in four witty panels."
• MANAGEMENT AND THE WORKER by Fritz Jules Roethlisberger, William John Dickson et al.
"Roethlisberger and Dickson's classic work is famous for identifying a "Hawthorne effect" (where people being studied work harder). In fact, this early management study identified most of the principles of good management. That is, people are more productive if they feel their work is of value, if they work together as a team, if they are rewarded as a team, and if management makes changes the workforce suggests will improve effectiveness."
• MONEY AND MOTIVATION by William Foote Whyte
"Management advice this year, as in most years, advises paying people for performance. This classic study of 50 years ago is an important reminder of why pay for performance faded from the 1920s to the 1980s. New-fangled incentive pay plans from Enron to whatever employees at your organization receive will still have the problems outlined in this set of fascinating case studies."
• WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2003: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN A DYNAMIC WORLD: TRANSFORMING INSTITUTIONS, GROWTH, AND QUALITY OF LIFE by The World Bank
"The world has billions of people. This year's report provides some insights into the living conditions of most of those billions. It also outlines the obstacles many people face in achieving prosperity."
David Levine is a Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy and of Organizational Behavior/Industrial Relations at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. For further information about Mr. Levine, please visit: http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/levine/