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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I have even been forced to read, November 30, 2009
This review is from: International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior (Hardcover)
Teachers if you are considering this book STAY AWAY, students if you have been forced to read this book I feel sorry for you. Would give the book ZERO stars if I could.

Now starts the review. I was forced to used the 7th edition of this book for my international management class and was completely dissatisfied with the entire experience.

The one pro:

The information the was congruent was useful and helpful

Cons:

Note: this reflects the views of at least 4 other students in my class

This book references "current" goings on in the world. Unfortunately it seems to be updated in a hap hazard manner. Some information is updated while other information has not leaving gaps or complete disconnects. Some examples include referencing websites for "current event" research information that has been outdated for years. Research and discussion questions asking about information no longer in the chapter

Many Typos. For a 7th edition there were quite a few typos.

The book constantly references tables and figures on future pages that require you to turn the page to look at the figure and then turn back to keep reading. Maybe its because I am used to engineering books, but this is entirely unacceptable and very distracting to the reader. Considering the vast number of figures and tables in this book it takes twice as long to read as it should by flipping back and forth.

Long winded. It seems someone was getting paid by the word. Much of the information could have been conveyed with a lot less text. This tends to be distracting and somewhat boring to me. Maybe this is just personal preference. Some sentences are awkwardly constructed.

Price. I know its a text book, but seriously the ridiculous price for such a shoddy text book is a crime. I say this even though I did not have to pay for the book myself, but I feel my company was ripped off by paying anything for this book. Its hardly worth the paper its printed on.

I'm sure there are other deficiencies I forgot but the bottom line is that the book is junk. I would have to say in 2 masters degrees and one bachelors degree it is the WORST book I have ever been exposed to.
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