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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 3 edition (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060799072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060799076
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Silbiger, MBA, CPA, is a senior director of marketing at Plymouth Direct with a gift for communicating sophisticated financial and business issues in the clearest manner possible. More than 400,000 copies of his acclaimed book The Ten-Day MBA have already been sold. A top-ten graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, Silbiger lives in Philadelphia with his family.

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This book helped a lot.
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I recommend it as a refresher course for people who already have MBAs or for those that are about to start an executive MBA program.
Hetal Shah
This book not only explains the basics of different MBA subjects, it does so in quite an entertaining way.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Clovis on April 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the interest of full disclosure, I hold an MBA and was very skeptical when I acquired this book. To get to my point, this book exceeded my expectations and is an excellent refresher for those who hold an MBA, and a great preview for those about to start an MBA program. The book would also be very beneficial for those individuals interested in possessing an overview of the material covered in MBA programs.

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The book is comprehensive. You will receive an overview of the content covered in MBA programs. The major courses of study are all included from Finance to Operations to Strategy.

GREAT STRENGTH

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I wish I had read the chapter on Quantitative Analysis prior to entering my MBA program.

WEAKNESSES

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As I mentioned, the book is comprehensive but a bit superficial and definitely inadequate. To be fair, the author concedes, I believe, at least the second point above. In particular, the title is a bit pretentious, to be forward. That is, no one can really learn (or earn) an MBA in ten days. Nevertheless, in ten days, one can certainly have a well framed concept of the material under study in MBA programs. And, as I said, this book is an excellent and highly recommended refresher for those holding an MBA. I finished the book in two days.

MAJOR WEAKNESS (touches on cources in ethics in MBA curriculum)

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I think the focus on ethics is great in theory but of little --indeed if any-- pratical benefit. I am not sure if taking a course in ethics can make one ethical or even more inclined to be ethical in her/his decision-making. To be forward, ethics should not be a separate course but integrate into the program, perhaps into each course.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Schwartz on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
An MBA degree clearly has financial value, but I've always been curious as to its educational content. Silberger provides a broad overview of the MBA curriculum, with a focus on explaining its lexicon. After a careful reading, I do think I could hold my own in MBA cocktail chatter. But I don't feel especially enlightened.

Seven of the chapters in this book - marketing, organizational behavior, ethics, operations, finance, and strategy - are mostly codified common sense; I think few of its formalized problem-solving approaches it recommends would significantly improve the quality of my work as a consultant. However, I do expect my newfound knowledge of MBA-speak to help to streamline my business communications, and it may help me to avoid reinventing the wheel.

The remainder of the book covers technical topics: accounting, quantitative analysis, and economics. In these areas, the many formulas and definitions overwhelm the attempt to convey a true working knowledge. This is a fault not of the author's writing style, but the book's brevity - there is too little room for Silbiger to derive the formulas, or to use anything more than trivial plug-in-the-number examples.

For a book of this length, this is appropriate content; I'd rather learn to recognize all the keywords and use other books for further research than have an in-depth explanation of just a few topics and omit others completely. But I had hoped for more aha! moments, and the MBA mystique still eludes me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Great Mahershi on May 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
You want to know what MBA's learn? But, you know you can't spend 2 years and a fortune to acquire that knowledge? Fear not! The 10 day MBA is your mini-MBA course. You wouldn't learn everything that the MBA student learns in those 2 years, but, you would learn almost all the essential concepts.

Author Steven Silbiger presents all the concepts of taught in most b-schools in a very readable format. A definite must-read for all managers, entrepreneurs and the hopeful millions who see themselves managing their own or somebody else's business very soon.

Now the complaint (or rather the justification for 4* instead of a 5*): The author probably presents the material in the SAME SEQUENCE that he studied it during his b-school years. This makes the book a collection of essays on the various topics of business management rather than an integrated approach to business management. I would love to see a more integrative approach on how the various concepts mesh together in real-world business situations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was an undergraduate business major. I purchased this book 2 years out of college for two reasons. 1) The first was to refresh my memory in Finance, Accounting and Statistics. It was an excellent reference that broke down the information in plain English; not like a boring academic text book.. 2) The second reason was to see if I had interest in pursing an MBA. After reading the book, I felt that I had a better mastery and appreciation of the major business disciplines. I later used the book as a quick reference when pursuing my actual MBA degree. I still refer to it 9 years later. My only criticism is that some of the topics are dated; it could use an 2009 update.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric van der Meulen on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
OK, I'm done with it, and it took 10 weeks. I probably shouldn't have used it for bedtime reading...
The writer present practical working knowledge of nine major and a handful minor topics in this concise format, and demystifies a lot of MBA lingo along the way. Definitely a step up from "The Complete Idiot's Guide to MBA Basics", which I read last year. Written in down to earth style, which makes it easily accessible. Ends with "mini courses" on day ten, which is a collection of short topics presented at a higher level. Anywhere from "public speaking" to "business law" to "leadership coach". Valuable content, very well organized, high density.
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