What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World

What I Didn t Learn in Business School How Strategy Works in the Real World Meet Justin Campbell He s a new MBA graduate who s landed a job with a strategy consultancy His engagement team is on a mission help HGS Inc a specialty chemicals firm define and execute a strategy f

  • Title: What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World
  • Author: Jay B. Barney Trish Gorman Clifford
  • ISBN: 9781422157633
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Meet Justin Campbell He s a new MBA graduate who s landed a job with a strategy consultancy His engagement team is on a mission help HGS Inc a specialty chemicals firm, define and execute a strategy for exploiting a textile technology the company developed.Justin and his team deploy state of the art strategy tools to analyze the attractiveness of potential markets forMeet Justin Campbell He s a new MBA graduate who s landed a job with a strategy consultancy His engagement team is on a mission help HGS Inc a specialty chemicals firm, define and execute a strategy for exploiting a textile technology the company developed.Justin and his team deploy state of the art strategy tools to analyze the attractiveness of potential markets for the technology But they soon realize the tools don t help them grapple with the human side of strategy including political forces swirling within HGS Everyone involved in the engagement is biased and insecure, brilliant and hardworking, selfish and lazy, loyal and dedicated.Justin and his cohorts aren t real What I Didn t Learn in Business School is a business novel But they re realistic they re just like us Their story reveals the limitations of strategy tools and demonstrates tactics for navigating the messy, human dynamics that can make or break a company s strategy efforts.This engaging book uses the power of story to present potent lessons for anyone seeking to excel at strategy management It s a compelling read whether you re an MBA grad struggling to apply what you learned or in the fray and eager to see what MBAs get wrong when they land in the real world.

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    1. A very light read, but still engaging. It gives a fine look at what a newly-minted MBA faces in the real world. It also serves as a textbook with references to core material that every MBA should grasp immediately. Curious as to what MBAs do and how they think? Got a few hours to spare? Then this is a cute read. But, if you're not an MBA student and you've got a bunch of other good books to read, I suggest you move on to more interesting material.

    2. The plot can be summarized as "watch a new MBA grad stumble through his first job and mess up really obvious stuff." It was interesting but I didn't learn much.

    3. My professor made me read this book. Meh interesting and a quick read but a lot of the insights were obvious and nothing was truly surprising. I suppose this is a result of having a protagonist that embodies several dumb mistakes new MBAs make. In actuality a new MBA would only make 1 or 2 of the mistakes in this book and they wouldn't be so glaringly simple. This also does nothing to encourage me to want to become a consultant ever in my life. I enjoy problem solving but the lifestyle seems ter [...]

    4. This turned out to be far more engaging than I ever could be imagined it would be. For a book that is basically a business school class in disguise, there are some moments of really lovely prose and even some unexpected twists and turns. As a work of high art, it's nothing special, but as a work of business education, this is a book you should buy for each and every one of your entrepreneur friends.

    5. Wowzer this was one of the best business books I have read. Not many business concept books can be told in story form and done so well that someone reading it purely for pleasure and not business insights could enjoy

    6. [AUDIOBOOK]So, maybe I shouldn't be so harsh of a critic for a book that I picked because I liked the narrator. However, I don't believe that this book accomplished what it's intention was - to provide insight into the business world. I was keen to get some input into some practical decision making skills, given modern political climates in organizations. The book was more of a novel than a textbook, which made it engaging and easy to get through. However, the writing felt like it was written by [...]

    7. In their effort to write a "business novel", what the authors actually produced was both a poor business book and a bad novel. On the business side: their main points could have been summarized in 50 pages rather than 200. Essentially, the real world is not a class example - who knew? In order to come up with good business strategies, one has to use their head to analyze possibilities, rather than just blindly follow practices learned in class. As far as a novel: it is clear that neither author [...]

    8. A light and breezy book which is written in story-style, which I normally dislike in business books but is rather suitable as an accompaniment whilst running as one doesn't need to focus quite as hard.I liked the reflection questions at the end of each chapter as they provided good prods to think about the situation described in that chapter. The book's attempt to portray the rougher side of consulting felt more like reading the consulting equivalent of the TV programme Suits. No matter how dark [...]

    9. If you are a business school student or a recent graduate- DO read it before going out for your first job.An engaging and light read. Describes in a concise manner the challenges of a recent graduate who tries to apply the "bookish"material into practice and realizes how many additional factors are impacting real life decision making. This is clearly not something he has been taught in the business school.The book is a useful read for students/recent graduates especially before their first job i [...]

    10. A brilliant book to open the eyes of any MBA graduate, especially a recent graduate. The book is written in a fictional form narrating the story of a newly graduated MBA, Justin Campbell, working on his first consulting assignment. Justin progresses through his short assignment, learning each day the practical implications and limitations of what he learned in his b-school. He learns that applying his MBA knowledge to real life problems of his client is not as easy as it seems and that he is con [...]

    11. The book is selected material for my course on strategy. We discussed those analysis and political factors in the story. I'm not that fascinated by the plot itself since i'm going to be tested on it. However, I'd recommend this book for those are highly interested in the process of making strategic decisions.

    12. Simple presentation in novel format of business consulting related ideas. While you may not learn anything new, especially if you've gone to b-school, you gain a different perspective on some of the core aspects of business strategy. In other words, the real world is not a case study! Gave it three stars because it was amusing.

    13. The book helps you to get a better understanding of strategic thinking. You will understand how many theories work in real word.You will see theories like VIRO and its limitations. Moreover, you will get a sense of how politics within firms play a major role in decision making and how to overcome them.

    14. As a recent business school grad, I enjoyed the framework of the book and how it dug into the day-to-day challenges of a young MBA fresh out of school and trying to apply their recent education to real life. I'd like to have seen more character development as it stayed pretty business surface and didn't deliver as much as a novel as I initially thought it would. Regardless, it's worth the read.

    15. Excellent book for recent MBA grads as well as those who manage them. Great use of fictional stories in order to teach concepts. This is a much more compelling teaching method versus the standard dense, dry approach to teaching business. Also, for the MBAs who love the case method, you'll love this one. The entire story is one big case! Enjoy!

    16. A good read for smn who wants a first hand experience of business consulting in practice. The book is written in the form of a novel which revolves around a typical business consulting assignment. I liked the analysis and the non academic observations made in the book. A good read if you like Business Strategy.

    17. This is a good weekend read for the MBA's out there. Its a very good way to understand how multiple strategies work together. It also brings into play organizational behaviour which is an important part of real life

    18. Quick, entertaining read. Not for someone completely foreign to business terms and concepts, but a veteran probably wouldn't get too much out of it. Good read for someone who wants to know more about the daily work of strategy consultants.

    19. كتاب عن الاعمال مكتوب بطريقة روائية, قصة شاب متحمس بعد في اول تجربة عمل حقيقة بعد الحصول على شهادة ادارة الاعمال, بيحكي بطريقة جميلة عن الفرق بين النظرية والتجربة كتاب جيد بشكل عام ,خفيف والاسوب ممتع

    20. The subtitle of the book should be "how strategy done by consultants isn't the same as in business school". Not sure it's the "real world" yet. The book was entertaining enough. I liked the review questions at the end of each chapter.

    21. Pretty entertaining read. Gave me a good behind-the-scenes look at the life of a management consultant. Would give it 4 stars if it had been pitched and written as a non fiction. As a fiction story though, it was somewhat underwhelming.

    22. One of the more engaging business books I've read. The unique novel-style format is a radical departure from the norm and worked well. The authors did a nice job walking the reader through a real-life consulting problem and how the tools learned in b-school are not the end-all be-all.

    23. For a business book, this deserves five stars. Jay Barney does a great job with this story but also captures "strategy in the real world".I won't write much more of a review here as I will be writing one on LinkedIn.

    24. Does this book even count since I had to read it for grad school? The point of the book is to show a fictional character basically failing at his first consulting job out of business school to prove the point there's a lot you don't learn in school, but it was all just a little too obvious.

    25. The lessons presented here are valuable, but the narrative structure is often contrived. To save time, go straight to the "Suggested Reading" section at the end.

    26. Many people come out of Business School thinking they know the secrets of universe. Newsflash! Business School is just a tiny piece of the puzzle. Enough said!

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