Books you’ll read at Harvard Business School.

Harvard Business School (HBS) is known for its case-method of teaching. But, for any of you wondering if HBS uses textbooks, the answer is yes.  Very selectively and not in every class, but yes. Textbooks are used as a secondary resource to complement the case material.

Finance (FIN):

Corporate Finance

  • Jonathan Berk and Peter DeMarzon
  • Pearson
  • 1136 pages
  • 3.8 / 5 on Amazon

“Using the unifying valuation framework based on the Law of One Price, top researchers Jonathan Berk and Peter DeMarzo set the new standard for corporate finance textbooks. Corporate Finance blends coverage of time-tested principles and the latest advancements with the practical perspective of the financial manager. With this ideal melding of the core with modern topics, innovation with proven pedagogy, Berk and DeMarzo establish the new canon in finance.”



Financial Reporting and Control (FRC):

Financial Accounting:  An Introduction to Concepts, Methods, and Uses

  • Roman L. Weil, Katherine Schipper, and Jennifer Francis
  • Cengage Learning
  • 864 pages
  • 2.8 / 5 stars on Amazon

“Ideal for graduate, MBA, and rigorous undergraduate programs, FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING: AN INTRODUCTION TO CONCEPTS, METHODS, AND USES 14e presents both the basic concepts underlying financial statements and the terminology and methods that allows the reader to interpret, analyze, and evaluate corporate financial statements. Fully integrating the latest International Financial Reporting Standards, inclusive of the latest developments on Fair Value Accounting, and now more streamlined for busy students, this text provides the highest return on your financial accounting course investment. With great clarity, this widely respected financial accounting text paces students appropriately as they learn both the skills and applications of basic accounting in earlier chapters as well as the impart the concepts and analysis skills they will use as future business leaders.”



Technology and Operations Management (TOM):

Manager’s Guide to Statistics

  • Erol A. Pekoz
  • 444 pages
  • 3.2 / 5 stars on Amazon

“Finally, an introduction to statistics for aspiring managers, leaders and decision makers who do not need to know all the details of statistical theory and just want real applications and commonsense explanations using words and diagrams — without a jumble of Greek letters and mathematical formulas. The focus is on conceptual understanding, simplicity, and counterintuitive phenomena that can occur.”



Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE):

A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics:  What Managers, Executives, and Students Need to Know

  • David A. Moss
  • Harvard Business Review Press
  • 224 pages
  • 4.6 / 5 Stars on Amazon

“This guidebook covers the essentials of macroeconomics and examines, in a simple and intuitive way, the core ideas of output, money, and expectations. Early chapters leave you with an understanding of everything from fiscal policy and central banking to business cycles and international trade. Later chapters provide a brief monetary history of the United States as well as the basics of macroeconomic accounting. You’ll learn why countries trade, why exchange rates move, and what makes an economy grow.”



Bonus:  Elective Curriculum

In their second year, students have free range to choose what courses they take. Below is a highlight of some of the books that are read or referenced.


The Innovator’s Solution:  Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

  • Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor
  • Harvard Business Review Press
  • 320 pages
  • 4.5 / 5 Stars on Amazon


Blockbusters:  Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment

  • Anita Elberse
  • Henry Holt and Co.
  • 320 pages
  • 4.1 / 5 stars on Amazon


The First 90 Days:  Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

  • Michael D. Watkins
  • Harvard Business Review Press
  • 304 pages
  • 4.4 / 5 stars on Amazon


Happy Reading!

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