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Stranger than Fiction

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“…A work of non-fiction is not as difficult to write as a work of fiction, but it’s not as satisfying in the end…”

Chaim Potok

Hari ini saya merapihkan beberapa buku yang pernah dan belum sempat terbaca. Melihat tumpukan buku-buku non fiksi tersebut seakan melihat pola jenis pembaca dan zaman dimana tulisan itu dibuat. Contoh buku-buku tahun 1990an akhir seperti Clash of Civilization paling sering dibahas di masjid masjid kampus pada eranya. Kemudian era selanjutnya bergeser dengan banyaknya buku-buku self help / motivasi seperti Rich Dad Poor Dad. Walau sebenarnya buku setipe dengan ini sudah muncul pada era sebelumnya, Seven Habit misalnya. Tapi sejarah menunjukkan bahwa pada akhirnya zaman yang akan memilih mana buku yang akan populer mana yang tidak.

Apakah kesuksesan Clash of Civilization dengan conflict theory-nya dan Rich Dad dengan self-help-nya akan terulang? kalau lihat trend dekade berikutnya di tahun 2000-an, nampaknya trend tersebut tidak akan terulang dengan cepat. Buku-buku tahun 2000-an menuliskan tentang fenomena-fenomena ilmiah yang dituliskan dalam tulisan populer, seperti The World is Flat untuk Globalisasi atau Blue Ocean tentang Strategy. Di dekade itu, para pembicara seakan tidak mantap bila tidak mengutip tulisan pada buku-buku tersebut.

Apa trend (buku non fiksi) kedepan?
Wah saya tidak tahu, tidak mencoba mencari tahu, dan tidak akan ada yang tahu. Bisa saja kita memprediksi dengan melihat historical pattern buku yang laris dipasaran. Penerbit besar dan reviewer besar seperti NY Times atau Pulitzer mungkin bisa sedikit melihat. Tapi ada banyak hal yang tidak kita ketahui. Contoh, ketika penulis 90-an menulis tentang prediksi masa depannya e.g Clash of Civilization, apakah terbayang bahwa ada booming teknologi informasi?

Memang ada beberapa buku yang genre-nya sama dengan genre decade sebelumnya. Contoh Why Nation Fail, sebenarnya sudah beberapa buku di dekade sebelumnya yang membahas dengan topik yang mirip. Tentunya karena ada beberapa perubahan geopolitik, buku seperti ini akan kembali populer lagi.

Bertaruh dengan masa depan
Menjadi penulis sama seperti menjadi penyanyi, seniman, pengusaha atau siapapun yang bertaruh dengan masa depan. Sama seperti trend musik Ska di akhir 90-an yang datang dengan cepat kemudian pergi dengan cepat. Ada yang naik turun seperti musik Rap, namun tidak pernah mencapai puncak.

Kembali ke perihal fiksi dan non fiksi tadi. Internet pun salah satu hal yang mendorong perubahan trend orang untuk mengkonsumsi informasi. Informasi non fiksi sekarang bisa didapatkan dengan lebih cepat, akurat, dan terverifikasi lewat forum e.g via quora, stackexchange atau kompasiana. Sebaliknya cerita fiksi sebagaimana trend didunia, mendapatkan tempat yang lebih besar, seiring dengan adanya fan base dan potensi untuk diangkat dalam bentuk film.

Saya? semoga bisa tetap konservatif, karena pada dasarnya kita semua gampang sekali bias dalam memberikan argumen dan melihat sesuatu. Contoh, ada pandangan juga dalam Escaping the Resource Curse (Rosser, 2007) bahwa kemajuan Indonesia disebabkan oleh:
“(i) The political victory of counter-revolutionary social forces over radical nationalist and communist social forces in Indonesia during the 1960s; and (ii) The country’s strategic Cold War location and proximity to Japan”
Tulisan dengan jenis ini bisa sama populernya seperti Why Nation Fail, btw.
Jadi? It depends, ref, ref, semoga bisa tetap konservatif.

1990an
– Seven Habit (Covey, 1989)
– The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil (Yergin, 1991) Pulitzer
– Clash of Civilization (Huntington, 1997)
– Guns, Germs and Steel (Diamond, 1997) Pulitzer
– The Innovator’s Dilemma (Christensen, 1997)
– Who Moved my Cheese (Johnson, 1998)
– Rich Dad Poor Dad (Kiyosaki, 2000)

2000an
– Freakonomics (Levit, 2003)
– The World is Flat (Friedman, 2005) NY Times Best Sellers
– The Tipping Point (Gladwel, 2005) NY Times Best Sellers
– Blue Ocean Strategy (Kim, 2005)
– The Long Tail (Anderson, 2006)
– The Black Swan (Taleb, 2007)

2012an
– Why Nation Fail (Acemoglu, 2012)

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Januari 20, 2016 at 12:05 am

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25 Most Influential Science Books

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In the past I ‘read’ (browse) the 25 most influential management books by Elsevier 2001 and by Time 2011. And today, I have a chance to read the 25 most influential science book. Well, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Hawking allways on the list.

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Desember 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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Society

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Interesting, that so many theories and explanation for almost everything. Not only that theory being written in the book, but also read, commented, critized. In not only an Amazon.com, Quora.com, Yahoo Answer, but in a lot of knowledge exchange concept. Incredible, I just could not imagine, how far are we (Indonesian) able to fill that gap in term of knowledge based society. “…Relax, guys; there is always more to learn…”

1. Guns, germs, and steel, JM Diamond, 1997 (cited 7019, Amazon 1837) Historian, Geography Professor
Four factor historical developments:
1. Availability of potential crops and domestic animals
2. The orientation of continental axis to facilitate the spread of agriculture
3. Transfer of knowledge between continents
4. Population size

2. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Acemoglu & Robinson, 2012 (cited 1610, Amazon 516) Economist & Political Scientist
Perspectives of institutional economics, development economics and economic history

3. The wealth and poverty of nations, Landes, 1998 (cited 1756, Amazon 206)
Three major reasons wealth/poverty: Geography, Infrastructure, Culture

The Better Angels of Our Nature, Steven Pinker 2012 (Amazon 376)
Why the West Rules – For Now, Ian Morris 2011 (Amazon 143)
Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Kennedy 1989 (Amazon 113)

Historians vs Economist
http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2012/04/duelling-academics

Personally, I agree with Geography

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Januari 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

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25 Most Influential Business Management Books (Time 2011)

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Well 10 year after Elsevier 2001 list of influental management book, updated one from Time Magazine. The main difference is Time more on popular view and with the latest trend in 2010s. Let see

  1. The Age of Unreason (1989), by Charles Handy
  2. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (1994), by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
  3. Competing for the Future (1996), by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad
  4. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (1980), by Michael E. Porter
  5. Emotional Intelligence (1995), by Daniel Goleman
  6. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don’t Work and What to Do about It (1985), by Michael E. Gerber
  7. The Essential Drucker (2001), by Peter Drucker
  8. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990), by Peter Senge
  9. First, Break All the Rules (1999), by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  10. The Goal (1984), by Eliyahu Goldratt
  11. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t (2001), by Jim Collins
  12. Guerilla Marketing (1984), by Jay Conrad Levinson
  13. How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), by Dale Carnegie
  14. The Human Side of Enterprise (1960), by Douglas McGregor
  15. The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), by Clayton Christensen
  16. Leading Change (1996), by John P. Kotter
  17. On Becoming a Leader (1989), by Warren Bennis
  18. Out of the Crisis (1982), by W. Edwards Deming
  19. My Years with General Motors (1964), by Alfred P. Sloan Jr.
  20. The One Minute Manager (1982), by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  21. Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution (1993), by James Champy and Michael Hammer
  22. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (1989), by Stephen R. Covey
  23. The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola and other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance (2000), by Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman and Roland R. Cavanagh
  24. Toyota Production System (1988), by Taiichi Ohno
  25. Who Moved My Cheese? (1998), by Spencer Johnson

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2086680,00.html

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Desember 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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25 Most Influential Management Books of the 20th Century (Elsevier 2001)

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  1. Taylor 1911 Scientific Management
  2. Barnard 1938 Functions of the Executive
  3. Drucker 1954 Practice of Management
  4. McGregor 1960 Human Side of Enterprise
  5. Simon 1947 Administrative Behaviour
  6. Lawrence & Worth 1967 Organizations
  7. March & Simon 1958 Organizations
  8. Maslow 1954 Motivation
  9. Porter 1980 Competitive Strategy
  10. Roethlisberger & Dicskson 1939 Management and the Worker
  11. Chandler 1962 Strategy and Structure
  12. Cyert & March 1963 Behavioral Theory of Firm
  13. Weber 1922 Social and Economic Organization
  14. Katz & Kahn 1966 Psychology of organization
  15. Argyris 1957 Conflicy System & Individual
  16. Fayol 1916 Management
  17. Likert 1961
  18. Woodward 1965
  19. Mayo 1933 Human Problem of Industrial
  20. Burns & Stalker 1961 Innovation
  21. Deming 1982 Quality
  22. Thompson 1967 Organization
  23. Homans 1950
  24. McClelland 1961 Society
  25. Herzberg 1959 Motivation to work

As far I like this list, compare to Thinker50, (Clayton, Porter cs), this Elsevier list would make a good reference source for academic paper.

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Desember 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

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