Books to read during sabbatical

Owen Byrne
Tue, 07 Jan 2003 23:06:46 -0400

James Tauber wrote:

>>* any basics of an MBA -- I don't have one, don't particularly want one,
>>but wonder what I'm missing
>The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-step Guide To Mastering The Skills Taught In
>America's Top Business Schools
>by Steven Silbiger
>I'm reading it at the moment and it seems reasonable for the purpose you
>P.S. I'm also reading Tom Shippey's J.R.R. Tolkien : Author of the
>Century which is awesome but doesn't really fit into your criteria :-)
"Skills?" - that's the first year of Business school - the 
indoctrination period. The second year is usually
when you get to read some interesting stuff , though highly dependent on 
professor's idiosyncracies.

The only stuff I read there that I have actually gone back and reread 
would be Michael Porter


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