Selected Books

Everybody’s Business: Reclaiming True Management Skills in Education, with Murat Alpaslan and Ellen O’Connor, Palgrave McMillan, New York, 2014.

Business Strategies for a Messy World: Tools for a Systemic World, with Vince Barabba, Palgrave McMillan, New York, 2013.

Rethinking the Education Mess: A Systems Approach to Education Reform, with Lindan Hill and C. Murat Alpaslan, Palgrave McMillan, New York, 2013.

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Fables and the Art of Leadership: Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace, with Donna Mitroff, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2012.

Swans, Swine, and Swindlers: Coping with the Growing Threat of Mega-Crises and Mega-Messes, with Can M. Alpaslan, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, 2011.

Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely, with Abraham Silvers, Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, 2009.

Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger And Better From A Crisis: Seven Essential Lessons For Surviving Disaster, AMACOM, New York, 2005.

Crisis Leadership: Planning for the Unthinkable, John Wiley, New York, 2003.

Managing Crises Before They Happen: What Every Executive Needs to Know About Crisis Management, with Gus Anagnos, AMACOM, New York, 2000.

A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America: A Hard Look at Spirituality, Religion, and Values in the Workplace, with Elizabeth A. Denton, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1999.

Smart Thinking for Crazy Times: The Art of Solving the Right Problems, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, 1998.

The Essential Guide to Managing Corporate Crises: A Step-By-Step Handbook for Surviving Major Catastrophes, with Christine M. Pearson and L. Katharine Harrington, Oxford University Press, New York, 1996.

Framebreak: The Radical Redesign of American Business, with Richard O. Mason and Christine M. Pearson, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1994.

Crisis Management: A Diagnostic Guide for Improving Your Organization’s Crisis-Preparedness, with Christine M. Pearson, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1993.

The Unbounded Mind: Breaking the Chains of Traditional Business Thinking, with Harold Linstone, Oxford University Press, New York, 1992.

Transforming the Crisis-Prone Organization: Preventing Individual, Organizational, and Environmental Tragedies, Thierry Pauchant, with Ian I. Mitroff, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1992.

We’re So Big And Powerful Nothing Bad Can Happen To Us: An Investigation of America’s Crisis-Prone Corporations, with Thierry Pauchant, Birch Lane Press, New York, 1990.

Break-Away Thinking: How To Challenge Your Business Assumptions (And Why You Should), John Wiley, New York, 1988.

Business Not As Usual: Rethinking Our Individual, Corporate, and Industrial Strategies for Global Competition, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1987.

Corporate Tragedies, Product Tampering, Sabotage, and Other Catastrophes, with Ralph Kilmann, Praeger, New York, 1984.

Stakeholders of the Organizational Mind: Toward A New View of Policy Making, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1983.

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