Top Five Books for MBA Majors and Graduates

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Are you thinking about getting a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree?

Whether you’ve just graduated from college or you’re working full time, the five following books help you succeed in the business world and find satisfaction in your career. Some of them challenge conventional wisdom about business and success, while others are timeless classics that are still very applicable today.

1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins

Can a good company become a great one? And, if so, how can this happen? That’s the premise of this classic book, which is based on five years of research comparing companies that made the change to those that didn’t. Author Jim Collins makes the point that greatness is a conscious choice and not determined by circumstances.

2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

Many people think rewards like money motivate others in their professional and personal lives. However, Daniel Pink exposes how this thinking is flawed. Instead, Pink says humans need to direct their lives, make new things and improve themselves. He also looks at companies that are using new ways to motivate their employees.

3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This classic yet still relevant best-seller is considered one of the most influential business books ever written. It has helped many to succeed in the business world by teaching them how to become likable and win people over to their way of thinking.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

This continues to be a top-selling book and emphasizes timeless principles of honesty, fairness, dignity and integrity. By adopting the seven habits you can become more effective in your personal and professional life.

5. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell looks at “outliers” — a scientific term used to describe something that’s different and outside normal experience. Gladwell focuses on those who are the most successful and famous in their field or specialty. What makes them different? Gladwell analyzes how outliers developed their remarkable talents and the lessons we can learn from them to apply in our own life.

Are you ready to pursue an MBA?

After reading one or more of these books, you might feel motivated to learn more about business and get an MBA. If you’re working full time, you may wonder if it’s possible to pursue an MBA. An accredited online MBA program such as the one offered by Spring Arbor University might be the right fit for you. You can graduate in 18 months or less while taking just one course at a time.

This convenient program is tailored for those who are working professionals. No GMAT or GRE is required, and you can choose from six start dates each year. With Spring Arbor University’s online MBA program, you get a strong foundation of business principles. Depending on your interests and career path, you can choose one of these concentrations in five high-demand fields:

To get started and learn more about our affordable MBA program, visit SAU’s online MBA page.