Looking for a book to help get your IT shop better aligned with the business? Or maybe you want to brush up on your management skills? Here's a list of books that can help.
Meta-Capitalism at Work: Taking Revolutionary E-Business Concepts from Theory to Practice
By Grady Means and David Schneider
John Wiley & Sons, 2001
208 pages, $27.95
Two consultants from PricewaterhouseCoopers, building on management concepts for start-up companies from their previous book, Meta-Capitalism, describe how established companies can use the same techniques to transform themselves. Drawing on their experience with such companies as Ford Motor, Wal-Mart, Dell Computer, Cisco Systems, Citigroup and General Electric, the authors show managers how to revitalize companies into brand-owning, customer-focused businesses that effectively use Internet-enabled networks.
Place to Space: Migrating to eBusiness Models
By Peter Weill and Michael R. Vitale
Harvard Business School Press, 2001
464 pages, $35
Weill, director of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and Vitale, dean and director of the Australian Graduate School of Management, team up to describe how traditional companies can adapt their brick-and-mortar legacies to bolster their online ventures. Based on extensive research into dozens of e-business initiatives, this book provides systematic, practical analysis of eight workable models; an adaptable hybrid model for competing against online pure plays; and schematic tools for analyzing current business models and evaluating promising new Web initiatives. Case studies include Lonely Planet, General Electric, CDNow and Reuters.