For help preparing for, and support during your MBA course, The Essential MBA brings together a comprehensive overview of the main subjects taught on MBA and business and management programs in one book.

Each chapter is written by a specialized contributor and offers students a helpful introduction to each topic of study, including: Useful sections on research methods and study skills; Further reading recommendations and questions for reflection; A critical perspective of the subject matter; discussions of the underlying assumptions of mainstream theories; and reviews of alternative approaches.

Covering many key areas of management, this text is an invaluable guide for MBA students, as well as offering a useful introduction for undergraduate and graduate students of business and management and practitioners interested in reflecting how some areas of current thinking relate to their own experience and practice.

Introduction and Overview

Introduction and overview
SusanMiller, Hull University Business School

Chapter Overview

Key Concepts

Critical approaches; Critical Management Studies (CMS); Functionalism; Postmodernism; Reflexivity; Self-reflection

Purpose of the Essential MBA

Embarking on a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is a challenging prospect. Whether you are doing so to help further your current career, to change careers, or to gain specific knowledge and skills – or a mixture of these – there is little doubt that an MBA will introduce you to a wide range of theories, ideas, concepts and debates, many of which may be new to you and some controversial and contested. Few Masters degrees require a learner ...

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