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The book B-school students must read

July 11, 2005

Business education need not be driven by specialisations of finance, marketing and so on, according to T T Ram Mohan, a professor of finance and accounting at the IIM-A, and author of Privatisation in India: Challenging Economic Orthodoxy.

If there's a single book you recommend that all business school students read right now, which would it be?

Peter F Drucker's book -- Management: Tasks And Practice.

And why Drucker?

Once you get into a B-school, you get to study various specialised aspects of management -- like finance, human resources and marketing, among others. But you do not get a holistic view of the business enterprise as an entity. In B-school, you study in pieces, and they do not teach you how it reaches society at large. One needs a wider perspective.

Is this book not taught at B-schools?

The irony is that you study two years in a B-school, and they do not teach you anything written by Drucker, the father of management. One could also read The Principles Of Management, which is a concise version of the same book and is good enough to read.

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Number of User Comments: 14




Sub: Wrong title

The correct name of the book is "Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices"


Posted by Avik Saha





Sub: Re: Druker - Sriram's message

I agree with you. MBA is a loser's course. But then considering we "losers" making all the money in the world, its not such a ...


Posted by Navin Quadros





Sub: Drucker

Most B-Schools make the students read "The practice of Management" by Drucker and his other books as part of book review or assignment or anything ...


Posted by Raju





Sub: MBA

getting into some good B-school is such a big challenge... and then once you are through... i guess its always better to have fince as ...


Posted by gagan





Sub: Yes Drucker is important

Yes i agree that Drucker's books are very important to be understood. Not only MBA but whole of our education does not place emphasis on ...


Posted by lakshmi narasimhan




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