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Author: Jay Barney, Trish Gorman Clifford Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781596596825
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Meet Justin Campbell. He’s a newly minted MBA who’s landed a coveted job in consulting. He’s headed to Chicago to serve HGS, a large client with an intriguing new technology its executives haven’t yet decided how to exploit. Constrained by a short timeline and limited information, Justin and his team use state- of-the-art strategy tools to analyze various possibilities. Justin is energized by this challenging assignment, but soon finds the application of his strategy toolkit isn’t as straightforward as he’d expected. The political and organizational forces swirling within HGS complicate his analyses and test his fundamental understanding of important strategic concepts. Justin and his cohorts aren’t “real”—What I Didn’t Learn in Business School is a business novel. But they’re realistic: they’re just like us. They are humans, not human resources, and they each have their own personality, motives, and skills. Their story reveals both the strengths and the limitations of common strategy tools. And it demonstrates tactics for navigating the messy organizational dynamics that can make or break a company’s efforts to craft successful strategies. This engaging audio book uses the power of story to present potent lessons for anyone seeking to excel at strategy management. The action moves quickly, and at the end of each chapter, you’ll find provocative questions that help you tease out vital insights that you can apply in your own work. What I Didn’t Learn in Business School is a compelling listen—whether you’re a recent business school grad struggling to apply your new knowledge or an experienced leader who already knows that no strategy is created in a vacuum. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 12/1/2013

    " Not bad, a light read for those reading the business boards for the first time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 9/9/2013

    " Great story that draws you in and opens your mind up to learn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad | 4/26/2013

    " The lessons presented here are valuable, but the narrative structure is often contrived. To save time, go straight to the "Suggested Reading" section at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 11/1/2012

    " One of the more engaging business books I've read. The unique novel-style format is a radical departure from the norm and worked well. The authors did a nice job walking the reader through a real-life consulting problem and how the tools learned in b-school are not the end-all be-all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valentina | 6/11/2012

    " Quick, entertaining read. Not for someone completely foreign to business terms and concepts, but a veteran probably wouldn't get too much out of it. Good read for someone who wants to know more about the daily work of strategy consultants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 6/22/2011

    " The subtitle of the book should be "how strategy done by consultants isn't the same as in business school". Not sure it's the "real world" yet. The book was entertaining enough. I liked the review questions at the end of each chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JJ | 3/14/2011

    " I liked The Goal better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 12/7/2010

    " Great story that draws you in and opens your mind up to learn. "

About the Author

Jay Barney is a professor of management at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He has published numerous articles in strategy and management journals and is the coauthor, with Trish Gorman Clifford, of What I Didn’t Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.