Books

Inside Man: The Discipline of Modeling Human Ways of Being

Mihnea Moldoveanu's new book stands out as an intellectual tour de force. For social scientists—from hard-core game theorists to soft-core behavioralists— and to those in-between—who seek to model human action, Moldoveanu's deep, systematically developed insights and practical advice should prove invaluable...
-James K. Sebenius, Harvard Business School

Author Mihnea C. Moldoveanu makes the process and the phenomenon of modeling transparent and explicit, and clarifies the reasons for which modeling human behavior has to be an interactive process between the modeler and the modeled. This perspective situates Inside Man at the intersection of analytical and computational thinking about rationality, reasoning, choice and thinking, and the tradition of action science and action research.

Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers

"A sizzling foray into the habits of the minds of the best thinkers and leaders. Your own mind will not remain unscathed once you read this book: it will force you to rethink how you think!"
—Nitin Nohria, Dean, Harvard Business School; co-author of In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century

What constitutes successful thinking in business? What are the techniques used by some of the top minds in the business world to solve problems and create value? In Diaminds, Mihnea Moldoveanu and Roger Martin, creators of the Integrative Thinking curriculum at the Rotman School of Management, draw upon numerous case studies and interviews—as well as theories and models from cognitive psychology, epistemology, analytic philosophy, and semiotics—to present a new conception of successful intelligence that is immediately applicable to business situations.

The Future of the MBA: Designing the Thinker of the Future

"The book should be read by students and faculty in schools of government and public administration, education, public health, law and divinity. To be quite honest, I cannot think of any existing book that competes with this one."
—Chris Argyris, James Conant Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard University, and Director Emeritus, Monitor Co.

The Future of the MBA provides a sorely needed detailed and systematic review of the major contemporary debates on management education. At the same time, it makes a striking new proposal that will certainly have an impact in business schools: that managers need to develop a series of qualitative tacit skills which could be appropriately developed by integrative curricula brought from different disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, and other social sciences. Moldoveanu and Martin, both involved in the greatly respected integrative business education program at the Rotman School of Management, provide a guide on how to design a reliable integrated program for management students. One of the main assets of the book is that it relies not just on speculative thinking, but on real life experience, and that it also includes case studies that will appeal to practicing managers. As an authoritative reference on MBA education, it will appeal to faculty and staff of business schools, as well as students in related fields like education and public policy.

Master Passions: Emotion, Narrative, and the Development of Culture

"Master Passions is an insightful, brilliant, readable, and compelling book. Moldoveanu and Nohria are to be congratulated (and envied) for resuscitating the powerful world of the passions—long but uneasily obscured by many trumpeted mythical beliefs in rationality."
Neil J. Smelser, University Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"An acute, sometimes disturbing incursion into the emotional landscape of modernity. Moldoveanu and Nohria have effected an original synthesis between the phenomenology of consciousness, the psychology of deception and self-deception, and the culture of desire, deceit, and domination. It is scholarly throughout and often profound."
Ellen J. Langer, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"In contrast to currently fashionable views of the inner world of passion and desire as an introjection of discursive externalities, the authors have sought to understand social phenomena from within, restoring introspection as a legitimate means of understanding and knowledge. They have succeeded brilliantly."
Yiannis Gabriel, Professor of Organizational Theory, Imperial College, University of London

We of the Western world tend to believe that reason, principles, and laws govern our decisions and actions. The authors of this scholarly work argue that the less obvious form of control is the master passions, which originate in anxiety and are expressed in ambition and envy. Moldoveanu (Rotman Sch. of Management, Univ. of Toronto) and Nohria (Harvard Business Sch.) here explore the effects of passion-induced behaviors in inter- and intrapersonal and institutional relationships. Enriching their own observations, experiments, and examples of passion's grip on our minds, the authors include many excerpted writings from a variety of philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, politicians, economists, poets, and novelists, from Socrates to 20th-century thinkers. Throughout, Moldoveanu and Nohria compare the natural science and social science approaches to behavior prediction and the inquiry process, explaining their own focus on "person hood," the "I" in us all, and the nature of introspective inquiry in the process of constructing explanations of behavior. This is a challenging work that should be appreciated by an educated audience; suitable for academic and large public libraries.
Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
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