Six book recommendations for your summer staycation from the Graduate School of Business

The Graduate School of Business asked its professors to reveal what they’ve been reading this summer. Their responses range from insights into the neurological origins of human behavior to a debunking of the belief that businesses exist only to make money. As the closing weeks of summer approach, carve out some quiet time and dive in.

From neurobiology to capitalism reimagined, here are some books to enrich your summer. (Image credit: iStock)

ROBERT JOSS, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Emeritus: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire by Rebecca Henderson.

“This book has an important message about the critical role of purpose-driven businesses in our society and how capitalism and democracy need to interact constructively to solve our most pressing challenges.”

SUZIE NOH, assistant professor of accounting: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.

“This book provides an inspiring and captivating story of how Phil Knight turned a small startup into the world’s most iconic company. It is filled with helpful tips on how to be a successful businessperson. I’d recommend it to all aspiring entrepreneurs.”

KEVIN SMITH, assistant professor of accounting: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky.

“A fascinating, state-of-the-art exploration of the enormity of factors that influence human behavior. While the book contains a multitude of insights, one that stands out is that the relationship between behavior, hormones and neurochemicals is far more complicated than typically conveyed in popular science.”

Read the full reading list on the Graduate School of Business website.