The MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders

by Max Anderson (MPA/MBA ’09) and Peter Escher (MBA ’09)

The MBA Oath has become a worldwide movement for a new generation of leaders who care about society as well as the bottom line. This manifesto for the movement explains why the MBA Oath is necessary and shows how it can be applied in the real world.

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality

by Scott Belsky (MBA ’08)

After interviewing hundreds of especially productive creative people and teams and studying their habits, Belsky has compiled their most powerful (and often counterintuitive) practices, such as generating ideas in moderation, reducing all projects to just three main components, encouraging fighting within your team, and seeking competition and sharing ideas liberally.

Alchemists of Loss: How Modern Finance and Government Intervention Crashed the Financial System

by Kevin Dowd and Martin Hutchinson (MBA ’73)

The authors show how modern finance combined with easy money threatened to cripple the world financial system. They break down the events involved in the 2007–08 global financial collapse, reveal how botched policy responses made a bad situation worse, and focus on lessons that the practice of finance must learn to avoid a repeat in the future.

How to Be a Fierce Competitor: What Winning Companies and Great Managers Do in Tough Times

by Jeffrey J. Fox (MBA ’69)

Tough times give solid companies and strong managers the chance to seize market share. Fox explains how the savvy few who rise to the top stay focused and alert, get new market share, hire good and recently fired talent, increase investments in customer service, speed innovation, train their customer-facing staff, make acquisitions, get rid of underperformers, and build their brand.

American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks

by Seymour Morris Jr. (MBA ’72)
(Broadway Books)

Filled with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions, American history is quite different and more remarkable than is usually thought. For example, the U.S. Navy staged a mock attack on Pearl Harbor in 1932 that led it to conclude that the entire fleet of ships and planes stationed there was vulnerable to being wiped out. The Navy swore this could never happen and forgot about it. But the Japanese noticed and, on December 7, 1941, copied the military exercise exactly.

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College

by Doug Lemov (MBA ’04)

Lemov offers effective techniques to help teachers become champions in the classroom. Among them are No Opt Out (how to move students from blank stares to giving the right answer every time); Do It Again (how to encourage students who have failed a basic task to do it again and do it right); and No Warnings (how to effectively address misbehavior in the classroom).

No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

by Mitt Romney (MBA ’74/JD ’75)
(St. Martin’s Press)

Romney asserts that America’s strength is essential for its own well-being and the world’s, but its national advantages have eroded. The United States is in debt, overtaxed, and unprepared for future challenges, he argues. He proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out-of-control spending on entitlements and health care, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by years of war.

Accelerating Out of the Great Recession: How to Win in a Slow-Growth Economy

by David Rhodes (MBA ’85) and Daniel Stelter

Examining the decisive actions taken by companies such as General Electric, IBM, and Procter & Gamble to accelerate out of past downturns, the authors show today’s executives how companies can win in a slow-growth economy by differentiating themselves from slower rivals and executing their strategies with single-minded determination.

Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business

by David Snider and Chris Howard (MBA ’03)
(Palgrave Macmillan)

The authors discuss the private-sector industries driving the modern economy from the perspective of leaders in each field. They present insights from interviews with top executives in six industries: private equity, management consulting, hedge funds, investment banking, the management of Fortune 500 companies, and venture capital.

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Class of MBA 2009, Section J
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Class of MBA 2008, Section I
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Class of MBA 1969, Section G
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Class of MBA 1972, Section K
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Class of MBA 1974, Section I
Class of MBA 1985, Section A
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