Church Management

Thoughtful Management


Management is a discipline and profession of expansive borders and its students and practitioners often seek particular insights and skills. Because of this contrast, it's challenging to identify readings that suit every reader. The following menu offers proven works of differing genres and topics for deepening managerial expertise. Some works are directly on management and others address topics of interest to thoughtful managers. Most titles are recent but a few classics are included as well.


Symbols indicate particular interests: m =  Non-profit; & =  Academic; ñ =  Social issues; ý  = International


Macro Shifts and Trends

Thomas Friedman (2006). The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. ý


Fareed Zakaria (2008). The Post-American World. New York: W.W. Norton. ý


Joan Magretta (2002). What Management Is: How it Works and why it's Everyone's Business. New York: Free Press

Critical Views

Martin Parker (2002). Against Management: Organization in the Age of Managerialism. London: Polity. &


Michael Power (2009). Organized Uncertainty: Designing a World of Risk Management. New York: Oxford University Press. &


Phil Rosenzweig (2007). The Halo Effect and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers. New York: Free Press.


Thomas L. Friedman (2008). Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution”and How It Can Renew America. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. ñ ý


William McDonough & Michael Braungart (2002). Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things. New York: North Point Press. ñ

Implementation & Change

John P. Kotter (1996). Leading Change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.


Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton (2000). The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.



Clayton M. Christensen & Michael E. Raynor (2003). The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.


Jim Collins (2001). Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't. New York: HarperBusiness.


Pankaj Ghemawat (2007). Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. ý


James A. Phills, Jr. (2005). Integrating Mission and Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations. New York: Oxford University Press. m


Michael E. Porter (1980). Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors.New York: Free Press.

Leading, Communicating, & Working with People

Kenneth Cloke & Joan Goldsmith (2003). The Art of Waking People Up: Cultivating Awareness and Authenticity at Work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Allan R. Cohen & David L. Bradford (1990). Influence without Authority. New York: John Wiley.


David L. Dotlich, James L. Noel & Norman Walker (2004). Leadership Passages: The Personal and Professional Transitions that Make or Break a Leader. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Roger Fisher & William Ury (1983). Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving in. New York: Penguin.


Richard Koch (1998). The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less. New York: Currency/Doubleday.


Kouzes & Posner (1995). The Leadership Challenge: How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


J. Edward Russo & Paul J.H. Schoemaker (1989). Decision Traps: The Ten Barriers to Brilliant Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them. New York: Fireside.


Jeswald W. Salacuse (2000). The Wise Advisor: What Every Professional Should Know about Consulting and Counseling. Westport, CT: Praeger.


Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen (2000). Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. New York: Penguin.

Governance & Boards

Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan & Barbara E. Taylor (2006). Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards. Hoboken, NJ: BoardSource/Wiley. m


Rakesh Khurana (2004). Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Measurement & Performance

Eleanor Bloxham (2002). Economic Value Management: Applications and Techniques. New York: Wiley.


Paul R. Niven (2006). Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step: Maximizing Performance and Maintaining Results. New York: Wiley.


Joel M. Stern & John S. Shiely (2003). The EVA Challenge: Implementing Value-Added Change in an Organization. New York: Wiley.


Don Peppers & Martha Rogers (2004). Managing Customer Relationships: A Strategic Framework. New York: Wiley.


James P. Womack & Daniel T. Jones (2003). Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation. New York: Free Press.

Developing Economies

Michael Fairbanks & Stace Lindsay (1997). Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. ý


C. K. Prahalad (2006). The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits. Philadelphia: Wharton School Publishing. ý

Ethics & Social Responsibility

Ira A. Jackson & Jane Nelson (2004). Profits with Principles: Seven Strategies for Delivering Value with Values. New York: Currency/Doubleday. ñ

Christianity & Business

Helen J. Alford & Michael J. Naughton (2001). Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.


R. Paul Stevens (2006). Doing God's Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

International Cultures

John Hooker (2003). Working across Cultures. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ý


David C. Thomas & Kerr Inkson (2004). Cultural Intelligence: People Skills for Global Business. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. ý

Entrepreneurship or Starting a Business

Jeffry A. Timmons, Andrew Zacharakis, and Stephen Spinelli.  Business Plans that Work:  A Guide for Small Business.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 2004.


Stephen W. Gibson and Tina J. Huntsman.  Where There are no Jobs:  The Microenterprise Handbook, Vol. 1: 25 Rules of Thumb for MicroEnterprise Success.  Provo, UT:  The Academy for Creating Enterprise.


Reading list prepared by Monty L. Lynn, Ph.D., Abilene Christian University