Business Books for CAT

Considering CAT is an exam for entrance into ‘Business'-schools, it is almost self-explanatory why you need to read books from this category. To convince yourself you should read these books, you can treat these books as a preparation in reading for a future course, prepping you for the world of business and management.

Keeping the above in mind, we are going to list five business books that are going to provide immense learning value and knowledge.
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  • The Google Story by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed: The Google Story is a book about the Internet success of Google. It is the story of Google's founders; Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and starts with how they dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University before creating the search engine.

  • Good to Great by James C. Collins: This is a management book by James C. Collins that aims to describe how companies transition from being average to great and how they can fail to make the transition.

  • The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen: The Innovator's Dilemma is the most well-known work of the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen. First published in 1997, the book suggests that successful companies can put too much emphasis on customers' current needs, and fail to adopt new technology or business models that will meet their customers' unstated or future needs. He argues that such companies will eventually fall behind.

  • The Toyota Way: The Toyota Way is a set of principles and behaviours that underlie the Toyota Motor Corporation's managerial approach and production system. Toyota first summed up its philosophy, values and manufacturing ideals in 2001, calling it "The Toyota Way 2001".
    It consists of principles in two key areas: continuous improvement, and respect for people. In 2004, Dr. Jeffrey Liker, a University of Michigan professor of industrial engineering, published The Toyota Way. In his book, Liker calls the Toyota Way "a system designed to provide the tools for people to continually improve their work."

  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries: The Lean Startup is a New York Times bestseller by Eric Ries. It is based around the business approach of the same name that aims to change the way that companies are built and new products are launched.
Additional Reading:
  • Rework by Jason Fried
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (Hardcover) by Tony Hsieh
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Winning by Jack Welch
The sky has no limit. Same is the case with reading. Read as much as you can and see the change in the way you solve RCs, your vocabulary building and clarity in understanding the text. What do you think about this list? Should we add more books to it? Do you have a personal favourite? Let us know in the comments below!
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