Ask any group of MBA students and they will tell you that they have too much to read. From their perspective, this may be true. However, from a faculty member’s perspective, there is always room on the syllabus for one more article or book chapter. Having too much to read may be a matter of perspective during the MBA program; however, after graduation, MBA students no longer have a faculty member selecting books and articles for them to read. Therefore, the burden of dealing with the crisis of too much to read becomes an issue for the individual MBA to address.
How much of a crisis is there?
Amazon.com provides a useful starting point for answering this question. Visit Amazon’s Business and Investing Book Department and you will see numbers similar to those presented below for a select group of categories. Amazon updates the numbers with the addition of new books to each department or category. While not an exhaustive list, the departments or categories selected are relevant to the professional development of most MBAs. For example, for the MBA who wants to maintain some degree of currency in management and leadership, there are 449,847 books available, of which Amazon added 5,627 in the last 90 days. Additionally, 978 more are in the pipeline and will be available soon.
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