My Bookshelf


These are books that I have read, that I found useful and that have made a strong impression on me. If you're looking for a good read, these are ones that I would recommend.



Research Methods

Information Systems

Business Process Management

Cognition and Linguistics

Philosophy of Science, Mind, and Language


  • Austin, R.D., Nolan, R.L. and O'Donnell, S. (2012): Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader

    This is a novel by the same authors as the Adeventures of IT Leader (above) and in the same style. It's a bit of a sequel with the same protagonist but set in a different company and it is a story about general or strategic management, rather than IT management. Also lacking are exercises and reflection questions and an integrating framework. This would still make a good introductory textbook for business students, or could be picked up in a capstone course to integrate various disciplines. Read this front to back in the span of a single weekend, I found this quite a good read.

  • Zuboff, S (2019): The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

    An incredibly insightful book into how and why privacy on the internet, and, increasingly, in the physical world is being eroded. Zuboff compellingly argues that every human experience is being digitized in order to sell predictive analytics for our lives. The danger in this is not targeted advertising, but a total and undetectable control of our lives by subtle or not-so-subtle actions being taken by systems to nudge, guide, coax, or force us into certain behaviour. Zuboff presents this as a challenge not only to democracy, but to a human society more generally. This is an incredibly well written, insightful, well documented book, and most of all very, very scary.
  • O'Neill, C (2017): Weapons of Math Destruction.

    A critical look at Big Data and algorithms that increasingly control our lives. O'Neill, who holds a PhD in mathematics, examines the black-box nature of such algorithms, the lack of accountability, and the feedback loops involved in the application of algorithms that increasingly control our lives. Definitely recommended and a much needed critical book on the topic.

  • Russo, R (1998): Straight Man.

    The story of a reluctant chair of an English language department at a small-town university. Hilarity ensues in his dealings with the dean, his colleagues and his family, but also deep and thoughtful. Great read!.

  • Schumacher, J (2015): Dear Committee Members.

    A very witty, tongue-in-cheek description of academic life. Tales of academic life at a minor department at a minor university through a series of fictional letters-of-reference. Many recognizable elements, and very good fun (and quick) to read.

  • Whelan, A., Walker, R. and Moore, C. (eds) (2013): Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education.

    A collection of essays, some serious and some tongue-in-cheek, about how the life is drained from educators and students in higher education, leaving a wasteland of the walking dead. Anyone working in higher education or studying at a university or college will be able to see themselves. Excellent fun read.

  • Pirsig, R.M. (1974): Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

    One of the most enjoyable philosophical books I have read. It's captivating and easy to read. My recommendation: Do not analyze it or take it apart sentence by sentence. Read it as a story, not to analyze as a philosophical treatise. It'll still have an effect on you.

  • Pirsig, R.M. (1992): Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

    Different topic, but as good as Zen. Same recommendation: read it as a story, not a treatise.

  • Morgan, G. (2006): Images of Organization (updated ed.)

    This is a classic and must-read for anyone studying business or management or related disciplines. It provides a number of alternatives conceptualizations of what an organization or firm is, besides the traditional functional one, with the alternatives often being more relevant to the practice of management. This should be in every MBA curriculum.

  • Cote, J. and Allahar, A.L. (2007): Ivory Tower Blues: A University System in Crisis.

    Everyone working in the North American system knows about what Cote and Allahar write: The pressures from policy makers, administrators, students, parents, and other stakeholders have a negative and often demoralizing effect on tertiary education. This book is an eye-opener for everyone who's not an insider and should be must-read material for future students and their parents.

  • Adams, S. (1997): The Dilbert Principle.

    Scott Adams speaks from experience. You may think this is funny, but everything in this book is how the business world really is. A must-read for every MBA curriculum.