By March 30, 2015
The U.S. Army Office of Business Transformation
Professional Reading List - 2015 Edition
The business of winning wars starts long before the first shots are fired or
even before the first Soldier deploys. While not a business, the Army
performs daily business functions equal in importance and scope to those of
the largest global commercial enterprises. This "business-focused"
Professional Reading List is intended to increase the understanding of
relevant proven best practices and recent thinking that can assist Army
leaders in executing their many and varied roles.
While the U.S. Army faces a multitude of challenges, these challenges
provide extraordinary opportunities for growth when taken in whole. By
broadening our perspective to enjoin business concepts, described by
business thought leaders including former Servicemembers, we can grow
through these challenges and emerge stronger on the other side.
For many years leaders have shared reading lists to enhance a sustained
personal commitment to the critical study of our profession. The subject
matter this list advances, in combination with other reading lists such as
the Chief of Staff, Army's, is intended to broaden each leader's knowledge
and understanding of the business perspective and opportunities we face as
we lead the elements of the greater Army enterprise. The Office of Business
Transformation challenges all leaders to make a focused, personal commitment
to read, reflect, and learn about our profession including through the lens
of proven and relevant best business practices.
While the appearance of a title on this reading list does not imply that the
OBT Director endorses the author's views or interpretations, these books
contain thought-provoking ideas and viewpoints relevant to our Army. I
encourage you to recommend or suggest modifications to the list in
anticipation of the publication of the 2016 Reading List.
Lieutenant General Thomas W. Spoehr,
Director, Office of Business Transformation