Monday, April 20, 2009

Book review: MBA in a day by Steven Stralser

MBA in a day: What you would learn at top-tier business schools (if you only had the time!) –Steven Stralser

This book can be thought of as a summary of the concepts and principles that are taught to students studying an MBA. The book is split into four sections that represent four areas of business. Each chapter deals with a specific topic such as accounting or marketing or ethics. Each chapter contains a summary and list of references used (which can be useful if more information is needed on the topic). The use of dot-points and real world examples makes the book very concise while dealing with a great range of topics.

What I gained from reading this book:
I have studied Bachelor of Commerce in Australia and I like to think of this book as a summary of the entire course I took. Although it obviously doesn’t go into the detail the course did, it did cover all aspects. I read this book after graduating and was constantly reminded of all the theories and principles I had forgotten. I compared my textbooks to the topics explained and this book does a fantastic job of glancing over all the essential principles and theories. Although I didn’t necessarily learn anything new from this book (three years of study taught me the topics in detail), my knowledge was given a much needed ‘refresh’.

Actually does a great job at explaining all the fundamental theories and principles that are taught in business schools.
The book is very concise and accurate which is definitely needed for such broad topics. The layout makes it easy to understand what area of business is being discussed.

Those expecting this book to go into detail on each topic will be disappointed. Obviously a book under 500 pages won’t teach you everything a business school would. If you don’t start with unrealistic expectations, you should be very happy by the end. I was surprised of the range of topics that were sufficiently discussed. Considering I have books over 1,000 pages on each topic, this book does a fantastic job of outlining the important points. Think of this book as a summary of what you would learn instead of trying to teach you everything an MBA course would.

Recommended for: Anybody wanting to gain a business understanding
Anybody with this interest can read this book. I recommend it for those looking to learn about business but unsure of how to start. By reading this book you will be given an overview of all the topics. From there you can go and find books specifically on the topics you want to learn in more detail.

Genre: Business

Overall rating: 8 of 10 stars

Australians can buy the book by clicking the picture below

MBA in a Day: What You Would Learn at Top-Tier Business Schools (If You Only Had the Time!)

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