What the Best MBAs Know: How to Apply the Greatest Ideas Taught in the Best Business Schools (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/3/17
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Easy access to the essential knowledge and skills of a top-level M.B.A. program--without having to attend a lecture
What the Best MBAs Know provides professionals who don't have the coveted M.B.A. designation with the skills and knowledge taught in today's finest programs. Professors from Stanford, MIT, Northwestern, and other influential programs contribute detailed chapters on broad-scope topics such as strategy, functional areas including accounting, and key disciplines from managerial economics to decision analysis.
The resulting application-based book gives readers complete mastery over the most important concepts of an M.B.A. education, leveling the playing field between M.B.A. and non-M.B.A. professionals. Organized according to the subject matter of the core M.B.A. curriculum, this unique and valuable book features:
- Fascinating boxes discussing real-world situations and applications
- Companion website with interactive exercises, key links, and more
- Focused review questions and exercises for each chapter and area
- Charles P. Bonini, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
- Leslie K. Breitner, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington
- Richard J. Lutz, Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida
- Steven L. McShane, Graduate School of Management at the University of Western Australia
- Steven Nahmias, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University
- Stephen A. Ross, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Daniel F. Spulber, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Peter Navarro is a business professor at the Graduate School of Management, UC-Irvine. He is the author of the bestselling investor’s guide, If It’s Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks, marketed worldwide in several languages. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and the Sloan Management Review, to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV, CNN, CNBC, Marketplace, NPR, and all of the major news networks. His multimedia CD-ROM package The Power of Economics is distributed widely on college campuses. For more information, visit the author's website at www.peternavarro.com.
The chapters I enjoyed the most were Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. I find these skills are in high demand and understanding and being able to carry on a conversation about the topics are critical, especially in any kind of leadership or management position. As you engage with upper management who run these programs you can make more contributions when you understand the basics of these theories, ratios, metrics, and management techniques.
The author put together great Snapshot Applications which help the reader gain more insight on the topic and seeing it in a real word scenario; also I found a lot of great graphs and charts to help explain certain techniques and some concepts.
The book is organized into five parts where Part 1 is the The Big MBA Picture, Part 2 is the Strategic and Tactical MBA, Part 3 is The Functional MBA, Part 4 is the Organizational and Leadship MBA, and Part 5 is the MBA Toolbox. Contributors for the book come from top universities, but a diverse set of universities and colleges (not just Ivy League). Highly recommended for people looking at an MBA program, those going into one, those who have finished, and for anyone that wants a good toolset around understanding what it takes to run a business.
I recommend this book along with The Project Savvy Project Manager by Gary Heerkens and Managing by the Numbers by Kremer, Rizzuto, and Case.
I have read a few other books on MBA and so far this is the best I have come across, though I wish there were chapters on Entrepreneurship and Business Negotiation.