USD Professor of Law Orly Lobel's Book Talent Wants to be Free, Honored with Axiom Business Book Award

Professor of Law Orly Lobel

San Diego (March 18, 2014) – Today, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Orly Lobel's book, Talent Wants to Be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free-Riding, received the 2014 Axiom Business Book Award in the category of human resources and employee training.

In 2007, Jenkins Group Inc. launched the Axiom Business Book Awards designed to honor the year's best business books. The awards are presented in 21 business categories and help readers discover new and innovative works.

"This year more than ever, the Axiom Award-winning books share knowledge that will help businesses grow and thrive, with advice and inspiration from the world’s best business minds," says company founder Jerrold Jenkins. "Today's innovative business people keep up on the latest trends through reading. These awards are meant to bring great books and great business people together."

In Talent Wants to be Free, Lobel challenges conventional wisdom about competition, secrecy, motivation, and creativity to reveal how our "War for Talent" is backfiring on our quest for innovation. She reveals how the trend toward increased control of talent not only raises alarming questions about personal liberty, but also stifles the very creativity and inventiveness that organizations so desperately seek from employees and teams. Drawing on original research into motivating creativity, analysis of recent litigation, and empirical data from economics, psychology, and network science, Lobel explores how the ways in which we fight over talent can either enhance or inhibit the innovative spirit of an organization.

Lobel argues that in order for innovation to flourish, people must have the freedom to leave jobs, work for competitors, start their own companies, and take the skills and ideas they develop along the way with them.

Since its release in 2013, Lobels's book has received praise from colleagues, authors and publishers. Discussing the themes of the book, she has appeared on HuffingtonPost Live and in articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times (London), Inc. Magazine, Business Week and The Economist.

Read more about the awards and view the entire list of winners on

About the Axiom Business Book Awards

The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are a very well-read and informed segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire and inform them, and help them improve their careers and businesses.

About Professor Lobel

An internationally acclaimed expert in the law and economics of human capital, Orly Lobel is the Don Weckstein Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and founding faculty member of the Center for Intellectual Property and Markets. She teaches and writes in the areas of employment law, intellectual property law, regulatory and administrative law, torts, behavioral economics, health policy, consumer law and trade secrets. Her current research focuses on innovation policy and intellectual property. Lobel’s latest book is Talent Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free-Riding.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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