WHAT THEY REALLY TEACH YOU AT THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL by Francis & Heather Mayfield Kelly Kelly

WHAT THEY REALLY TEACH YOU AT THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Having known for some time what is not taught at Harvard Business School, get set to learn exactly what they do teach. Readers of the Kellys' first book should be prepared for a true-to-life immersion in modern graduate business school routine. It's all here: the fierce competitivenss; the feelings of inadequacy; of exhaustion; of confusion--two grueling years of panic and crisis, and in the end, confidence in mastering business knowledge and a newly found direction are hopefully the rewards--not to mention the exorbitant starting salaries offered to HBS grads. While the book is reminiscent of a detailed course outline at a first glance, the vivid text goes far beyond the curriculum taught and incorporates the human factor--a firsthand element which provides the critical difference in relating what HBS is all about. The husband/wife team responsible for this account are both recent graduates and have written the book primarily to inform would-be HBS students and others of the hazards--and rewards--of the experience. Though off to a disappointingly slow start in which the Kellys tell us (many times) what they hope to accomplish, the rest is well balanced and quite readable and, if not intriguing, certainly informative. The Kellys are deserving of praise for their fair and candid assessment of the two-year Harvard MBA program, which, they note, is definitely not for everyone. All in all, this revealing account should be--if used properly--a decidedly valuable asset in determining whether or not HBS is the place to be.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Publisher: Warner