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What They Teach You at Harvard Business School: My Two Years Inside the Cauldron of Capitalism Paperback – July 1, 2010
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Anybody considering an MBA, or being just about to kick one off, this is a must read to warm yourself up. Two thumbs up.
The author shares with us key ideas learned in both the required courses and also electives. Finance is about valuation, and in particular risk-adjusted valuation. If competitors can easily replicate what you are doing, then that is not much of a strategy. And of course we also get one person's perception of the faculty and students. At times this view leaves us impressed, as is the case with strategy Prof Felix (who I have met, and I agree with the author). At other times the experience seems like an bubble holding in the insanity as we see students chasing interviews with banks or when we understand just how debt is used (and business people take their cut).
My only real disappointment is that we don't get a clear answer to what the author decided to do after graduation. I won't ruin the ending, but perhaps the answer is deceptively simple.
Character of the book and author are world known journalist, decided to study at Harvard Business School. The book is written in first person (so it's easy to read it). this all book is about authors experiences in world known business school. The book describes not only the school teaching style, but the school implemented to the culture approach to class-fellows and teachers as well as relationships with potential employers.
The book starts with the background of the writer; his wishes to study at such school and his two years of experience in graduate business studies. Author depicts study program and subjects, job search for internship, businesses modeling, interviews with prospective employers, graduates and of course his class-fellows.
The book describes the principle the HBS is so well known - learning from "case study" approach. The book raises questions about internal management, culture and attitude to students and society.
<...Kim Klark, the dean said that our class consisted of 895 students, chosen from, 7100 applications reflecting 12.6 percent acceptance rate. We were very fortunate to have gotten in, he said. Thirty four percent of our class was women and 32 international. The average age was twenty seven ...>
<...once I got to the garage I found a space on the third story - but not before passing the most extraordinary assemblage of student transport I had ever seen. Ascending the ramp of the car park, they went , roughly, BMW, Lexus, BMW, BMW, Mini Cooper, Lexus SUV, BMW, Porche, ....> <...'Have you seen the cars in the garage?', I asked him that morning.
`Yes'. Vivek only ever answered the specific question you asked him.Read more ›
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It gave me a look of how it could be study a MBA at Boston. Although it's short, it's well concrete.Published 2 months ago by Raul Valenzuela
Beware if you're going to let this book guide you with any decisions. It's more of a "How to fail at HBS" book, or "who should not go to HBS".Published 6 months ago by BrainsOut
A frank account of time spent at Harvard Business School by the author. It merits reading not just for the information about the course that it provides but equally importantly for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by S V Chalapathy Rao
I picked up this book from the recommended shelf at Waterstone's here in London. I never attended Harvard (never would have been accepted) but, while visiting the campus on... Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by CaliAloha
The book is a story about a smart and sensitive male journalist and his observations of Harvard Business School (HBS), his trials to break free of the rut of many graduates, and... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Roger @ Chronic Pain
'Toby Young Goes to Harvard' would capture the gist of this book more than any of its other titles. Another self-regarding Brit (sans a sense of humor, alas) essaying irrelevant... Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Oh bugger!
I bought this book for three reasons: the first, was to get a general understanding of the topics covered and methods used at HBS; the second was to better understand the... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by HK Consultant