I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s new book, the Innovators. To my surprise, I couldn’t put it down. To rephrase the book subtitle, it took a group of collaborators to create the digital age.
Will 2015 be the year companies invest in partnering smartly – thereby benefiting alliance and partnering professionals? A turn of events at the Chief Strategy Officer Summit in Times Square earlier this month could only be perceived as a good omen.
I had the pleasure of moderating the ASAP New England Chapter’s event earlier this month, Alliance Management in an Age of Disruption. Our cross-industry panel examined what it takes to be successful when technology and economic forces are causing so many to think anew about their partnering efforts.
The success rate of alliances seems to have plateaued at an unacceptable level for sustaining a management discipline and specialty that claims to be the experts at driving the success of partnering. We put forth a two-part hypothesis about why alliances aren’t more successful and what alliance and partnering professionals can do about it.
Here are our quick reviews on a few more recent business books to add to your reading list. Books on strategic partnering and alliances certainly are proliferating this summer!