Business faculty members have reading recommendations for the break

Looking for a good book to read in front of the fireplace during the upcoming holidays? Stanford Graduate School of Business professors suggest their favorite books. Pour yourself some eggnog and read on.

For instance, SUSAN ATHEY, the Economics of Technology Professor, recommends Prediction Machines, by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb.

Lisa De Simone
Lisa De Simone

She explains, “Companies across the economy are grappling with the question of how digitization generally, and artificial intelligence specifically, will affect their organizations and industries. The media tend to highlight impressive illustrations of the promise of AI, as well as many doomsday predictions about the future for workers, neither of which well represents the near future for most businesses. Prediction Machines is a down-to-earth and realistic look at AI from an economics and business perspective.”

KOSTAS BIMPIKIS, associate professor of operations, information and technology, recommends Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis, by Sam Anderson.

Bimpikis says, “It’s a fascinating tale of Oklahoma City’s history that in a unique way blends urban planning, supersonic planes and sports.”

LISA DE SIMONE, associate professor of accounting, suggests Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande.

“This book changed my life and the way I think about end-of-life care decisions,” says De Simone. “I shared it with my parents and as a consequence have had priceless conversations with them about how to help them manage this inevitable phase of life. They found it priceless, too, and seem to have bought the book for everyone they know!”

Read other suggestions from Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty members on the GSB website.