| 14.07.2020

Hanken-experts recommend summer books: from newly released nonfiction to Moomin

In Hanken’s Summer Podcast, with three episodes per week in July and the beginning of August, the School’s experts speak about their research. In addition to that, they also give their best book recommendations.

Each expert recommends either  a book they intend to read this summer or  already read and enjoyed. The book recommendations vary between fiction and nonfiction.

Topi Miettinen, Professor in Economics, recommends the Nobel Prize laureate and behavioural economist Richard Thaler’s book Misbehaving.
- The book is perhaps a bit too critical of ordinary economics. I believe that economics and behavioural economics complement each other. But it is a great book that explains how people sometimes behave in a wrong way, or at least irrationally.
In Topi Miettinen’s podcast episode, he speaks about why consumers do not always behave rationally, for example when it comes to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Some experts look forward to reading newly released books. Hanna Silvola, Associate Professor in Accounting, plans on reading Cary Krosinsky’s Modern China.

- I have been waiting for the release of this book ever since Yale Professor Cary Krosinsky visited Hanken and Finland in November last year. The book seems very interesting, it tells about China’s role in solving the global challenges of sustainable development.

Many of the experts will alternate the nonfiction with fiction. Professor Emeritus of Marketing Christian Grönroos recommends books by Tove Jansson.
- They are pleasant to read and make me happy and calm.

Sofia Stolt, lecturer in Swedish, reads a lot for her children.
- At the moment I’m reading astronaut Christer Fuglesang’s books about space for my 11-year-old, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code for my 10-year-old, and The Wind in the Willows for my eight-year-old.
Stolt herself is going to re-read one of her all-time favourites: The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway.
- I never cease to be puzzled over the ending of the book because I’m not certain if there’s a twist or not.

You can find the episodes of Hanken’s summer podcast here.

Listed below are all the experts’ book recommendations:

  • Christian Grönroos: Books by Tove Jansson
  • Anu Norrgran: My Brilliant Friend by Elina Ferrante
  • Topi Miettinen: Misbehaving. The making of behavioural economics by Richard Thaler
  • Peter Björk: Knife by Jo Nesbø
  • Charlotta Niemistö: Dockorna by Katarina Wennstam (Swedish)
  • Emma Nordbäck: Rest: Why you get more work done when you work less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  • Gyöngyi Kovács: Guns, germs and steel by Jared Diamond and The Box by Marc Levinson
  • Hanna Silvola: Modern China: Financial Cooperation for Solving Sustainability Challenges by Cary Krosinsky
  • Sören Kock: The Routledge Companion to Coopetition Strategies by Anne-Sophie Fernandez, Paul Chiambaretto, Frédéric Le Roy and Wojciech Czakon
  • Sofia Stolt: The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Nikodemus Solitander: The Broken Earth-trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  • Annika Ravald: Morsning och goodbye by Magnus Härenstam (Swedish)
  • Torkel Tallqvist: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and Economic Transformations: General Purpose Technologies and Long Term Economic Growth by Richard G. Lipsey, Kenneth I. Carlaw and Clifford T. Bekar
  • Maria Ehrnström-Fuentes: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Karen Spens: Becoming by Michelle Obama