Reading List for Becoming a Better Businessperson

beach readingWhether your summer plans include lounging at the beach or holding down a job or internship, taking time off to read can offer perspective and insight beyond the classroom experience.

With that in mind, Business Week asked professors and students at top business schools to share the five books they’d put at the top of their personal summer reading lists. Titles ranged from the classic novel to contemporary nonfiction, but when read together create an encyclopedia of leadership, Francesca Di Meglio reports.

“Reading will make you a better businessperson and a better, happier person,” Erik Gordon, associate director of the Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, tells Di Meglio. “Students don’t want to hear it. They want to know the magical formula that will get them rich tomorrow, but we have a duty to try and convince them.”

See the complete list of recommended titles at  “Summer 2009 Books: MBA Reading List” on Business Week’s Getting In blog.

(Beach reading image by Flickr user Scissorhands33, CC 2.0)

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