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The Golden Passport - Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite

Duff McDonald

A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm. 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.

A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm. 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.
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A riveting and timely intellectual history of one of our most important capitalist institutions, Harvard Business School, from the bestselling author of The Firm. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

21h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

35:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

30:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

34:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

35:36


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

16:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

23:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

42:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

18:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

24:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

38:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

30:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

24:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

27:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

42:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

13:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

20:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

19:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

29:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

18:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

16:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

18:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

21:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

24:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:33