8 Books Every Business Student Should Read
It’s safe to assume that most smart, successful people read books. This is especially true in the business world. If you’re pursuing a business degree or even just thinking about it, it’s never too early to dive into the dynamic world of business books.
With so many business titles to choose from, this post can give you a head start. In no particular order, following are eight books that every business student—or would-be student—should consider reading. Maybe something you read will get you started on—or further along—your ideal business career path.
By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
What does it take to succeed in business? Rework shows you what you don’t need as well as what you do need. “Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of downsizing, and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.”
By Richard Tedlow
Study the struggles and strategies of outstanding CEOs who “successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires.” Subjects include George Eastman and his Kodak camera; Thomas Watson of IBM; Henry Ford and his automobile; Robert N. Noyce, founder of Intel; Andrew Carnegie and his steel empire; and others.
By Peter F. Drucker
This book teaches five essential practices for businesspeople who want to “get the right things done”:
- Managing time
- Choosing what to contribute to the organization
- Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
- Setting the right priorities
- Knitting all these practices together with effective decision-making
By Sam Walton
Learn business lessons and insights from the man who turned a single dime store into Walmart, the world’s largest retailer. “In a story rich with anecdotes and the rules of the road of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.”
By Clayton M. Christensen
The author warns how successful companies can fail if they keep following traditional business practices instead of adopting new ideas and approaches. “Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator’s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.”
By Malcolm Gladwell
Want to do something difficult? This book will challenge how you think about obstacles and disadvantages. Gladwell offers “a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks.” David and Goliath could reshape the way you think about the world around you.
By Bruce C. Greenwald and Judd Kahn
In this “radically simplified approach to business strategy,” the authors “offer an easy-to-follow method for understanding the competitive structure of your industry and developing an appropriate strategy for your specific position.”
By Tony Robbins
As an expert on the psychology of change, the author reveals a step-by-step approach to mastering yourself. Subtitled How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny, the book “will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.”