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4.0 out of 5 stars Brings reader pretty close to MBA without having to actually spend $250,000, 19 April 2014
This review is from: The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts (Audio Download)
'The Curriculum' written by Stanley Bing will bring reader pretty close to MBA without having to actually spend $250,000.

Bing made an understandable collection of knowledge that sounds similar to what is taught in MBA courses. He divided his 400 pages into smaller parts/courses – The Core, The Advanced Curriculum and Tutorials and Electives – packed with usual suspects found and learned on such courses such as strategic thinking, crisis management, managing, selling and marketing, but also some incredibly interesting and unusual topics such as not appearing stupid, insensitivity training and defense of insincerity.

Therefore it can be said that Bing’s collection of lessons except that comes pretty close to the MBA program, offers some „dirty“ tricks which unfortunately are not taught at the MBA courses. Although the MBA course is appreciated because unlike university education much more attention is paid to practical work, not mere theorizing, this book shows exactly in which direction MBA courses (or something similar) could evolve in order to better prepare students for a cruel world of business in which you have small number of second chances.

For this reason I think 'The Curriculum' is very good extra content for someone who has already passed MBA program because it certainly offers added value, but also as a pretty good (almost free) substitute for an MBA in case you cannot financially afford such a program.

On the other hand, of course, it is illusory to expect that such a wide range of topics as author tried to cover on 400 pages will be possible to explain in detail, so it is no surprise that for certain topics just as the author opens them he will switch to another due to lack of space, the fact that the book is based solely on the author's own experiences or due to decision to not go too deep into the issue.

Overall, Stanley Bing’s ‘The Curriculum' is a fun and informative book, which is both appealing for professionals due to additional content and comprehensive to those generally interested in this topic that cannot afford a formal education – though reader must bear in mind that it still cannot actually replace the real MBA courses.
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