The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite by Duff McDonald

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With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulting giant McKinsey & Company. In The Golden Passport, he reveals the inner workings of a singular nexus of power, ambition, and influence: Harvard Business School.

Harvard University occupies a unique place in the public’s imagination, but HBS has arguably eclipsed its parent in terms of its influence on modern society. A Harvard degree guarantees respect. An HBS degree is, as the New York Times proclaimed in 1978, "the golden passport to life in the upper class." Those holding Harvard MBAs are near-guaranteed entrance into Western capitalism’s most powerful realm—the corner office.

Most people have a vague knowledge of the power of the HBS network, but few understand the dynamics that have made HBS an indestructible and powerful force for almost a century. As McDonald explores these dynamics, he also reveals how, despite HBS’s enormous success, it has failed with respect to the stated goal of its founders: "the multiplication of men who will handle their current business problems in socially constructive ways." While HBS graduates tend to be very good at whatever they do, that is rarely the doing of good.

In addition to teasing out the essence of this exclusive, if not necessarily "secret" club, McDonald explores two important questions: Has the school failed at reaching the goals it set for itself? And is HBS therefore complicit in the moral failings of Western capitalism? At a time of pronounced economic disparity and political unrest, this hard-hitting yet fair portrait offers a much-needed look at an institution that has a profound influence on the shape of our society and all our lives.

Title : The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite
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ISBN : 0062347179
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 672 pages


Siv30 rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

הספר מתאר את היסטוריית הצמיחה המטאורית של בית הספר לעסקים בהאוורד ושל התוכנית למינהל עסקים מהעשור הראשון של המאה ה 20 ועד היום. הוא מתאר התפתחויות מרכזיות ביחסי העבודה ובתפיסות ניהול שונות והוא גם מציג לקורא את גורלם של חלק מבוגריו הבולטים בית הספר שעד היום נחשב למוביל וליוקרתי בתחומו. אז מה המסקנ...

Kylewelch rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 05, 2017

Despite having my own issues with HBS, I have found this book to be simply a bad read. An uninformed, superficial interpretation of the school that is simply not worth the effort. Duff's book reads as if the school was run by Voldemort, and all the cases were written by Screwtape or Sauron. The o...

Giles K. Kemp rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 12, 2017

Very disappointing McDonald seems unable to overcome a disdain for Harvard Business School and market capitalism. The result is a snide tone which becomes quite grating and makes it difficult to appreciate the thorough research he did, albeit with no official access to the school.

Brad rated it ★★★★★

November 11, 2017

This book will make you angry while it informs you. The author makes a very good argument for the ills in our capitalist society deriving from the MBAs running companies into the ground.

Erica rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 26, 2017

Unreadable. Didn't finish. Not worth my time.

Mbogo rated it ★★★★☆

June 11, 2017

Duff McDonald was in need of a good punching bag and he found it in Harvard Business School. Once he had set it up to the right height he punched the hell out of it. I have read these set of books before the likes of When Genius Failed, or Enron's The smartest guys in the room but this is the mos...

Marks54 rated it ★★★☆☆

May 20, 2017

(I rated this a "3" but feel it more a "2.5". I enjoyed it enough to finish it but have issues. McDonald is a journalist who wrote a nice book on McKinsey. I had hoped he would do the same with HBS but that was not to be.) McDonald has written a long history of the Harvard Business School (HBS) th...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

I went into this book cynically, critical of those who would want the premier business school of the Lord more than a business school. And the weird short chapters format didn't help the flow one bit. But I kept coming back to this sentence: The promise of HBS, comfortably ensconced in the bosom o...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

June 06, 2017

Author Duff McDonald dislikes HBS. As in he really dislikes it. What it stands for, what ideas it espouses, what it lacks in ethics. This book is a well-researched, well-articulated takedown of HBS. The only problem is that it's followed by yet another takedown, then another, then another and by...

Zach rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2017

A business school history is a little specific. I work at a business school so this felt worth reading, and it was. It starts very slow. While there is some foundational value to understanding the early years of Harvard Business School and management education in general, the book doesn't really...

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