Six essential business books for MBA students

A well-stocked bookshelf is a vital weapon in any business student’s armoury. While you’ll undoubtedly have a long reading list for your classes, some extra-curricular reading can make all the difference in furthering your career, giving indispensable advice and interesting ideas to discuss in admissions or internship interviews. We’ve rounded up six of the best business books for you below.

1.The Lean Start-up by Eric Ries it is based around the idea that to develop a great product, you should keep customers at the forefront, starting with interviews and research, and creating and testing MVPs (Minimum Viable Product) rapidly to reduce waste and ensure a better market fit. All of this makes for a read that’s perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs.

  1. The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker – Drucker reminds us that the mark of a good executive is the ability to ‘get the right things done’. He identifies five key practices for business effectiveness, including time management and setting the right priorities.
  2. Good to Great by Jim Collins – Good to Great, which explains how ‘good’ companies make the transition to ‘great’ companies, and why most companies fail to make the jump.
  3. Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath – It is an investigation into why certain ideas thrive and others die. It discusses successful ideas, along with methods to make your own ideas ‘stickier’. Full of case studies and anecdotes, this is a fun read that’s great for all types of business students, but particularly those focusing on marketing, innovation or entrepreneurship.
  4. The Corner Office by Adam BryantThe Corner Office feel almost as if you’re personally getting advice from CEOs, giving you important lessons to get you into a corner office of your own.
  5. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie – It does what it says on the tin: giving advice on how you can best interact with others to optimize your success, making your professional (and personal) life more rewarding.

This blog is authored by Thenmozhi- Technocrat Club

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