Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/6/30
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Two years in the cauldron of capitalism-"horrifying and very funny" (The Wall Street Journal)
In this candid and entertaining insider's look at the most influential school in global business, Philip Delves Broughton draws on his crack reporting skills to describe his madcap years at Harvard Business School. Ahead of the Curve recounts the most edifying and surprising lessons learned in the quest for an MBA, from the ingenious chicanery of leveraging and the unlikely pleasures of accounting, to the antics of the "booze luge" and other, less savory trappings of student culture. Published during the one hundredth anniversary of Harvard Business School, this is the unflinching truth about life in the trenches of an iconic American institution.
" Destined to become required reading for prospective B-school entrants. . . . As an insider's account of an influential institution, [it] hits every mark."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"An insightful and entertaining, behind-the-scenes glimpse at a powerful institution."
" What makes this a particularly absorbing and entertaining read is the combination of journalistic detachment and the sense of personal alienation that Delves Broughton, a Brit in an American system, feels as he struggles to come to terms with what it means to be a Harvard MBA."
If so, you might enjoy reading Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School, by Philip Delves Broughton.
Against type, the book depicts a former London journalist's decision to reinvent himself by trying for a Harvard MBA. While many of his classmates are attending the program "on vacation" from their Wall Street jobs, Broughton struggles to keep up with computations using Excel and a demanding class and homework schedule. The story is essentially about Broughton's quest for meaning, his place in the world, and what exactly are the characteristics of the "perfect job". As he goes through the program, he tries to balance all the knowledge and networking relationships he gains with the realization that the resulting careers of those who graduate, though very lucrative, might not be exactly what he is looking for due to the family and personal sacrifices such jobs demand.
The book also gives a rare glimpse inside the very successful Harvard MBA program, as well as some of the students in the program. If you are thinking of testing your mettle and going for an MBA, then you might want to read his story.
(review by Kendall Giles)
For more depth, and critique, of management consulting and the strategy business, you might look to Matthew Stewart's "The Management Myth."
If you want something more personal, about this people, this is great. It's a quick read I couldn't put down; five stars.
I really liked the fact that the author is very straightforward and honest about the "painful" experience of getting an MBA. It is not just about the financial burden this endeavor has, but also the peer pressure and the worst pressure of them all, yours.
The books is truly filled with accurate insights about doing an MBA. I would recommend it to everyone evaluating this option.
And do not get scared, although this is a very unique and hardcore experience, after all the sacrifice, it is completely worth it.