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The Macat Library: Great Works for Critical Thinking


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Making the ideas of the world’s great thinkers accessible, affordable, and comprehensible to everybody, everywhere. 

With a growing list of over 180 titles across a broad range of subject areas, Macat works with leading academics from the world’s top universities to produce new analyses that focus on the ideas and the impact of the most influential works ever written. By setting them in context – and looking at the influences that shaped their authors, as well as the responses they provoked – Macat encourages readers to look at these classics and game-changers with fresh eyes.

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David J.Teece's Dynamic Capabilites and Strategic Management: Organizing for Innovation and Growth

David J.Teece's Dynamic Capabilites and Strategic Management: Organizing for Innovation and Growth

Forthcoming

Veselina Stoyanova
August 07, 2018

Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management is a pioneering book in business studies, one of the most succinct and in-depth examinations of dynamic capabilities, explaining both their foundations and the strategic implications they hold for both academics and practitioners in the field of...

Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto

Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto

Forthcoming

Rebecca Pohl
July 30, 2018

Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ is a key postmodern text and is widely taught in many disciplines as one of the first texts to embrace technology from a leftist and feminist perspective using the metaphor of the cyborg to champion a socialist, postmodern, and anti-identitarian politics. Until Haraway’...

Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

Laura Seymour
June 04, 2018

Roland Barthes’s 1967 essay, "The Death of the Author," argues against the traditional practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author into textual interpretation because of the resultant limitations imposed on a text. Hailing "the birth of the reader," Barthes posits...

Seyla Benhabib's The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens

Seyla Benhabib's The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens

Burcu Ozcelik
May 15, 2018

In The Rights of Others, Benhabib argues that the transnational movement of people across the globe has brought to the fore fundamental dilemmas facing liberal democracies: tension between a state’s commitment to universal human rights, and to its sovereign self-determination and its claims to...

Pankaj Ghemawat's Distance Still Matters: The Hard Reality of Global Expansion

Pankaj Ghemawat's Distance Still Matters: The Hard Reality of Global Expansion

Alessandro Giudici, Marianna Rolbina
May 15, 2018

"Distance Still Matters" is an influential Harvard Business Review article. In this work, Ghemawat proposes the CAGE distance framework that allows firms to consider four dimensions of international distance (cultural, administrative, geographic, and economic) when planning global expansion. Then,...

William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

Nikki Springer
May 15, 2018

William Whyte’s core idea in The Organization Man is that the Protestant Ethic that characterized financial and personal success in American history had been replaced in modern times by the Social Ethic. This stressed the group as the source of creativity and emphasized that the greatest need of...

James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations

James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations

Nikki Springer
May 15, 2018

In The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist, Surowiecki, explores the question of whether the many are better than an elite few – no matter their qualifications – at solving problems, promoting innovation and making wise decisions. Surowiecki’s text uses multiple case studies and touches on the...

Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Science

Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Science

Tim Smith-Laing
May 15, 2018

Jacques Derrida’s Structure, Sign, and Play is one of the most controversial and influential philosophical texts of the 20th century. Delivered at a conference on structuralism at Johns Hopkins, the lecture took aim at the critical and philosophical fashions of the time and radically proposing a...

Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

Tim Smith-Laing
May 15, 2018

Michel Foucault’s 1969 essay “What is an Author?” sidesteps the stormy arguments surrounding “intentional fallacy” and the “death of the author,” offering an entirely different way of looking at texts. Foucault points out that all texts are written but not all are discussed as having “authors”. So...

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

Rebecca Pohl
May 15, 2018

The 1979 publication of Susan Gubar and Sandra M. Gilbert’s ground-breaking study The Madwoman in the Attic marked a founding moment in feminist literary history as much as feminist literary theory. In their extensive study of nineteenth-century women’s writing, Gubar and Gilbert offer radical...

Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare

Liam Haydon
May 15, 2018

What is a self? Greenblatt argues that the 16th century saw the awakening of modern self-consciousness, the ability to fashion an identity out of the culture and politics of one’s society. In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare,...

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

Christien Garcia
May 15, 2018

In this book, Sedgwick examines texts from Europe and America such as Wilde, Nietzsche and Proust and considers the historical moment when sexual orientation came to be as important a signifier of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In doing this, Sedgwick provides a history of sexuality...

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