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Recommended reads before starting your Business Management degree

Emma Devlin

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“Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” - Warren Buffett

If you’re looking for ways to prepare ahead of starting your degree in Business Management at Pearson College London, take a look at the reading list below with some recommendations from our expert tutors and current students!

Business Management list

To start your career in Business Management, take a look at our list below with a variety of different books from business academics to seasoned professionals and business leaders.

  1. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  2. The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
  3. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
  4. Failed it! How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up by Erik Kessels

Business Management with Marketing

For aspiring marketeers, there is a list of recommended reads below. More suggestions can be found in our Recommended reads before starting your Digital Marketing degree blog.

  1. Principles of Marketing by Phil Kotler and Gary Armstrong
  2. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World by Gary Vanderchuck
  3. Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing by Katie King
  4. Digital Marketing Strategy: An integrated approach to online marketing by Simon Kingsnorth
  5. Innovative B2B Marketing: New Models, Processes and Theory by Simon Hall (one of our very own tutors here at Pearson Business School!)
Reading is key
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Business Management with Entrepreneurship

If you’re interested in startup businesses and entrepreneurship, take a look at some of our suggestions below. For a more comprehensive list, check out our blog on Top Reads for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

  1. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  2. Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
  3. Add Then Multiply by David Thorne
  4. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  5. Sprint by Jake Knapp

Business Management with Finance

There’s one main suggested book for new Business Management with Finance students, however we also have some other recommended materials including podcasts and magazines!

  1. Accounting and Finance: An Introduction (9th ed) by Eddie McLaney And Peter Atrill
  2. PQ Magazine - An Accountancy based magazine with some interesting financial news items
  3. Freakonomics Radio - A fun weekly economics-based podcast
  4. ACCA Student Podcasts - Useful information from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The ‘How to be a Future Ready Accountant’ podcast is a great place to start!

Business Management with Global Industries

Before starting our Business Management with Global Industries course, take a look at some of the books listed below:

  1. Kellogg on Branding in a Hyper-Connected World by Alice M. Tybout and Tim Calkins
  2. Global Marketing & Advertising: Understanding Cultural Paradoxes by Marieke de Mooji
  3. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures by Erin Meyer
  4. Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by David Robertson and Bill Breen
Lean Startup workshop - the winner gets it all!
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Transitioning to degree level study

The move university studies can be tricky in terms of academic writing, critical thinking and study skills. Although the books mentioned above can help give you a flavour of the course, we have some recommendations to help in transitioning to degree level studies.

  1. The Study Skills Handbook - by Stella Cottrell
  2. Cite Them Right: the essential referencing guide - by Richard Pears and Graham Shield
  3. Writing for University - by Jeanne Godfrey
Recommended reads before starting your Business Management degree
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