What We’re Reading from the December 1, 2010 Issue of CIO Magazine

Books, blogs and research about IT and management

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A Fistful of Rice

My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability

By Vikram Akula

Book  Philanthropy and capitalism may seem like strange bedfellows, but Akula is convinced that together they can end poverty. Microloans are effective, but in India, where more than 75 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, Akula needed a solution that could scale. Nonprofit lenders can’t raise enough capital to help everyone. So he started SKS Microfinance, which in 2005 became a for-profit venture. Harvard Business Review Press, $26.95

The CIO Edge 

Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results

By Graham Waller, George Hallenbeck and Karen Rubenstrunk

Book CIOs need to keep the trains running while managing tight budgets, but to be their most effective, they must build strong partnerships with employees, business peers and external partners. Together, these relationships form what the authors—Waller is a VP at Gartner, and Hallenbeck and Rubenstrunk hold senior positions at executive recruiter Korn/Ferry—call a “followership.” The insight is based on three years of research, which allowed the authors to identify the seven behaviors and skills most critical to a CIO’s success. Among them: commit to leadership first and everything else second, and embrace your softer side. Harvard Business Review Press, $29.95

Harvard Business Review: Research Blog

By Various Authors

Blog This blog is packed with useful information on a variety of workplace topics, all by authors who write intelligently and have in-depth knowledge of their topics. Recent posts cover Web 2.0, executive compensation, the glass ceiling for men and women, and Mad Men’s take on innovation. Also be sure to check out “The Zombie Workplace Survival Guide,” which identifies four contagions that turn a company into a zombie workplace—“where creative people and good ideas disturbingly molder”—and how to combat them. blogs.hbr.org/research

Who’s Who in Internet Politics

A Taxonomy of Information Technology Policy

By Robert D. Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Research Every week a new debate flares up about how the Internet should be used. Questions like: How much privacy do you have a right to? How do you enforce copyright? Is net neutrality essential or an impediment to the growth of the Web? To help you understand the combatants and their ideologies, Atkinson identifies eight types of major players in the Internet policy debate—from Cyber-Libertarians to Bricks-and-Mortar types like the RIAA—and two axes along which their thinking tends to fall. www.itif.org/publications/whos-who-internet-­politics-taxonomy-information-technology-policy

Andy Blumenthal—My Blog

By Andy Blumenthal

Blog The CTO at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, ­Firearms and Explosives, Blumenthal mostly shares musings inspired by what he’s reading. Recently, he ­covered the difference between addressing people’s wants and addressing their needs, and he found business lessons in the Chilean miner rescue. andyblumenthal.posterous.com

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