What We’re Reading: The Oregon MBA’s list of most influential business books

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CREATIVE CONFIDENCE 

by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Why we love it: Everyone has a creative side and it’s important to learn to tap into our creative powers to be better equipped to tackle tough business problems.

 

 

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BARGAINING FOR ADVANTAGE: NEGOTIATION STRATEGIES FOR REASONABLE PEOPLE 

by Richard Shell

Why we love it: Easy to read tips and strategies for anyone from the professional closing a big merger, to the dad encouraging his kid to eat more broccoli.

 

 

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COMPANIES ON A MISSION

by Michael V. Russo

Why we love it: Written by Oregon MBA professor Michael Russo, this book explains how following a vision good for the earth and for society can be a powerful route to profits.

 

 

 
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BARBARIANS AT THE GATE: THE FALL OF RJR NABISCO

by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Why we love it: This account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history has been called one of the most influential business books of all time.

 

 

 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

 

THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS

by Ben Horowitz.

Why we love it: A must read for any prospective entrepreneur who needs to understand the potential emotional aspects of starting a company.

 

 

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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT JOB

by Clyde Lowstutter and Cammen Lowstutter

Why we love it: A great overall general career book that prepares you for the next step-whether you’re making a career move, or want to take charge of your career.

 

 

 
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WORKING IDENTITY 

by Herminia Ibarra

Why we love it: This book is for those looking to change career paths. It presents a new model for career reinvention that argues the way to the right career is to “try on a host of possible selves we might become.”

 

 

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YEAR OF YES

by Shonda Rhimes

Why we love it: Inspirational and humorous account of how to take control over making your life what you really want it to be, on your own terms. Promotes optimism, a balanced perspective, and to not take it all too seriously.

 

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THE AGILITY ADVANTAGE

by Amanda Setili

Why we love it: Speed combined with agility is great preparation and very important for the fast-changing sectors of business in our world today.

 

 

Written by Natalie Colvin

Natalie is a 2016 MBA from the Center for Sustainable Business Practices. The experience of living abroad in Costa Rica, instilled in Natalie a passion for improving the world. After completing her MBA, she hopes to bring this passion to a career in corporate environmental and advocacy campaigns. Natalie received a dual undergraduate degree in development anthropology and Latin American studies from the University of Arizona honors college where she was also on the equestrian team.