The author is a social psychologist and management consultant, and is executive editor for business, economics and law at Yale Univ. Press, and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He's been keeping bees since 2002.
What he has done in this book is marry the lessons of survival and growth that are accomplished in a beehive to the requirements of running a successful business. He uses bee behavious to show businesses how to improve their relationships with employees, customers and each other. From this he has derived 25 lessons... Protect the future, Keep energy leveles up, Stay in Touch, Keep it Simple, Preserve a Positive Workplace, Bring in New Blood for New Life... you can see the ties of business and beehives here I think.
As a business book, I enjoyed, and learned from this... as a beekeeper, well, the analogy was interesting, and the resources were broad and deep, but even in the author's intro he states that sometimes he had to pull back on the bee stuff and concentrate on the business stuff. The business stuff is good though — and worth getting the book for.
Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder and former CEO of Burt's Bees wrote the Foreword and labeled it charming, humerous and above all, unforgettably informative. I agree.