- Concrete Examples
- Insider's Take
While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Organizations big and small rely on experiments to test ideas, research products and services, gauge consumer response and inform decision-making. Once the purview of medicine, academia and social science, experimentation has expanded into almost every field, providing leaders with data to develop and deliver improved goods and services, upgrade practices and benefit society. Harvard Business School professors Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman believe that the insights and advantages research provides for business, consumers and citizens outweigh the potential for misuse.
About the Authors
Michael Luca is an associate professor of business at Harvard Business School and contributes to The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Fellow Harvard professor Max H. Bazerman is the author of Better, Not Perfect and The Power of Noticing, and co-author of Blind Spots.