This week: corporate self-help, pandemics, climate, toxic stuff and socio-tech broccoli: our 2022 best business books for your holiday reading list.

Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Futures Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.

The stories this week

The best business books of 2022

Our previous episodes for 2020’s best business books and 2021’s best business books

Financial Times’ best business books of 2022

Financial Times’ business book of the year longlist

Financial Times’ best economics books of 2022

Wall Street Journal’s 2022 holiday gift guide for business books

Washington Post’s 10 best books for 2022

Amazon’s best business books of 2022

New York Times’ 100 notable books of 2022

CEO Today Magazine’s 10 most inspiring business books for 2022

Bill Gates’ holiday reading list for 2022

Barack Obama’s 2022 summer reading list

Mckinsey’s 2022 summer reading guide

Bloomberg’s 10 best new books for summer

Our previous discussion with Christopher Wright on COP27

The books we spoke about

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward by Daniel H Pink

Stolen focus: Why you can’t pay attention – and how to think deeply again by Johann Hari

The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives, by Jonathan Malesic

Influence is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen, By Zoe Chance

See, Solve, Scale: How Anyone Can Turn an Unsolved Problem into a Breakthrough Success, By Danny Warshay

Talent, by Daniel Gross and Tyler Cowen

The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists, by Richard Rumelt

Converted: The Data-Driven Way to Win Customers’ Hearts, By Neil Hoyne

Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect Hardcover, by Will Guidara

The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future, by Julia Hobsbawm

Redesigning Work: How to Transform Your Organization & Make Hybrid Work for Everyone, by Lynda Gratton

Butler to the world: Butler to the World: The book the oligarchs don’t want you to read – how Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kleptocrats and criminals, by Oliver Bullough

When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm, by Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick, by J. David McSwane

Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing, by Peter Robison

The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change, By Geoff Dembicki

Risky Business: Why Insurance Markets Fail and What to Do About It, by Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein and Ray Fisman

Power Failure, by William D. Cohan

The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All, by Planet Money host, Mary Childs

Hangry: A Startup Journey, by Mike Evans

The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything, By Matthew Ball

How to F*ck Up Your Startup: The Science Behind Why 90% of Companies Fail – and How You Can Avoid It, By Kim Hvidkjaer

Influence Empire, by Lulu Chen

Inside Vanguard: Leadership Secrets From the Company That Continues to Rewrite the Rules of the Investing by Charles Ellis

Like, Comment, Subscribe: How YouTube Conquered the World, by Mark Bergen

Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires, by Douglas Rushkoff

Slouching Towards Utopia, by J. Bradford DeLong

Nomad Century, by Gaia Vince

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, by Bill Gates

Organising Responses to Climate Change: The Politics of Mitigation, Adaptation and Suffering, by Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright, Vanessa Bowden

25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs, by Andrew Leon Hanna

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson

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