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Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Philip Delves Broughton

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Title:Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School
Authors:Philip Delves Broughton
Info:Penguin Press HC, The (2008), Hardcover, 304 pages
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This was an excellent account of two years at the Harvard School of Business written by a journalist from the UK. I have a business degree from undergrad and have no interest in going back for more but it was still very interesting. I enjoyed his observations about his fellow classmates, his thoughts about the non-US born students (and how they saw many things differently) and his internal struggles between taking a job that you probably won't like to support (but rarely see) your family and worries of "wasting" two years at Harvard Business School by not taking a big finance job. A good book for business students and those thinking about going back for an MBA.
  walterqchocobo | Apr 8, 2013 |
I thought this book was very interesting, and reasonably well-written. I think it behooves those wishing to understand why modern American business doesn't always (or ever) operate according to the obvious principles of business. The short version: It's not always what you do, it's who you know. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Mar 31, 2013 |
This was an excellent account of two years at the Harvard School of Business written by a journalist from the UK. I have a business degree from undergrad and have no interest in going back for more but it was still very interesting. I enjoyed his observations about his fellow classmates, his thoughts about the non-US born students (and how they saw many things differently) and his internal struggles between taking a job that you probably won't like to support (but rarely see) your family and worries of "wasting" two years at Harvard Business School by not taking a big finance job. A good book for business students and those thinking about going back for an MBA. ( )
1 vote walterqchocobo | Jan 5, 2011 |
Insightful and balanced; avoids the obvious tempation to do a hatchet job. ( )
  jontseng | Feb 11, 2009 |
A perfect description of the huge problems in life of balance and choices and all of the outside conflicts/influences over any decision making, whether in one's personal life or one's chosen way of earning a living. We need another chapter or two each year from P. Broughton, added to describe what happens next with Philip's life and his fellow HBS travelers, especially in light of the financial chaos of the current 2008 world. ( )
1 vote nyiper | Nov 1, 2008 |
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Published during the 100th anniversary of Harvard Business School, "Ahead of the Curve" offers a richly detailed and revealing you-are-there account of the institution that has, for good or ill, made American business what it is today.

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