It’s World Book Day: Here Are Some of Our Favorite Books From Michigan Ross Alumni


When’s the last time you sat down and enjoyed a good book? For World Book Day, we’ve compiled a list of excellent reads written by accomplished authors who are respected for their craft: Michigan Ross alumni.

Whether you’re looking for a bona fide bestseller on business strategy, insights into a specific industry, or just some fun fiction, Ross alumni have your spring reading list covered.

Check out some highlights below and see a more complete list of  books from Ross Alumni on the Kresge Library site.


Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing
Authors: Renée Mauborgne, BBA ‘85, and W. Chan Kim, PhD ‘84
Genre: Business Strategy
New York Times Bestseller

A New York Times bestselling book, “Blue Ocean Shift” continues to earn accolades: Amazon selected it among its “Best Business and Leadership Books of 2017,” and both Apple iBooks and the Financial Times labeled it a “Best Business Book of the Month.”

Authors Renée Mauborgne, BBA ‘85, and W. Chan Kim, PhD ‘84, are strategy professors at INSEAD and co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. They advise, consult, and speak to companies and governments across the world.

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Motoring Africa: Sustainable Automotive Industrialization
Author: Edward T. Hightower, MBA ‘95
Genre: Global Business and Sustainability

“Motoring Africa” reveals how global business leaders can benefit from Africa’s doubling population, which will soon be the world’s largest workforce. For global business leaders looking for growth plus a positive impact, the book provides an actionable roadmap for building sustainably profitable manufacturing businesses that have a positive impact on the community.

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Mama’s Got a Brand New Job
Janis Powers, MBA ‘96

Genre: Fiction

“Mama’s Got a Brand New Job” is the comedic story of power lawyer Maxine Pederson’s transition to working motherhood. Maxine is a smart and fun patent attorney who strikes up an unlikely mentorship with a French perfume maker as she juggles marriage, motherhood, and her evolving career. Edited by the editor of “The Help,” “Mama’s Got a Brand New Job” is an enjoyable read for today’s professional parents––and anyone who can relate to the wild ride of a life transition.

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Stage 2 Owner's Manual: Making the transition from entrepreneurship to enterprise
Author: Randall L. Albert, MBA ‘86

Genre: Entrepreneurship

The “Stage 2 Owner’s Manual” serves as a helpful guide to dealing with the complexity that comes after a startup becomes profitable and sustainable. Featuring advice that passes the common-sense test, it’s specific enough to work and general enough that you don't have to sort through too many details––just right for Stage 2 small businesses.

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All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way
Author: Patrice Gopo, MBA ‘07
Genre: Diversity and Identity

Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being black in America. In her poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Gopo examines the complexities of race relations, immigration questions, and identity formation in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages.

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Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck
Author: Michael B. Rubin, BBA ‘94
Genre: Financial Planning

So many have income, so few have wealth. Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Pull up a chair and sit down with an approachable expert with Rubin’s book. Have the conversation you never had and learn the financial planning lessons you were never taught. “Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck” provides you with the lessons you need to know as part of an easy-going low-stress discussion.

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Homemade for Sale: How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen
John D. Ivanko, BBA ‘88

Genre: Entrepreneurship

“Homemade for Sale” is the first authoritative guide to conceiving and launching your own home-based food start-up. Packed with profiles of successful cottage food entrepreneurs, this comprehensive and accessible resource covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, creating items that by their very nature are specialized and unique.

Ivanko has also written “Ecopreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet Before Profits,” “To Be an Artist,” and “To Be a Kid.”

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