Social science insights for HR and L&D – a reading list


Following on from Dr John McGurk’s recent webinar on social science insights for HR, we share the reading list from the webinar.

The list falls into the following five categories:

50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know: your really need to know, Edmund Conway
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, Richard Thaler
Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful, Daniel Hamermesh
Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom and the Bedroom, Catherine Hakim
Personnel Economics for Managers, Edward Lazear

Anthropolgy and sociology
Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation, Richard Sennettt

Ethnography and employment
Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing, Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell

Organisational stupidity
Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger, Fintan O’Toole
A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations, Alvesson and Spicer

Knowledge Mobilization Through Social Ties: The Cost-Benefit Analysis, Fliaster and Spiess 2008
Sociometrics and the spatial representation of relationships, Bahbouh, forthcoming this year


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