Quick and Dirty Autumn ’14 Textbook Guide for Foster MBAs

It (might be) a trap!
It (might be) a trap!

**Updated 16 September**

  Just got back from the UW bookstore! Be careful about the Strategic Management Theory textbook, the UW bookstore only had the old 10th edition (used), and the syllabus asks for the 11th ed.  I spent around $325 for all my books (rent/buy) but you could probably get away with a lot less.  

Only have 15 minutes to spare?  Here’s the quick and dirty way to just “do what Nelson did” below: 

Rent from Amazon:

Corporate Finance: The Core 3rd ed. —–  ISBN-10: 0133097897  Edition: 3rd     $34

Strategic Management Theory, 11th ed —- ISBN-10: 1285184491  Edition: 11th    $75

Buy from UW Bookstore:

Foster MBA: Financial Accounting —- available only from the UW Bookstore for $171.75. 

Principles of Microeconomics, 6th ed —- ISBN-10: 0538453044  Edition: 6th    $50 (used)

“Zoots” Case for Microecon/Strategy  

Marketing Course Pack (Available 18 September) — $125

Buy from Harvard Business School Publishing (registration required):

Stratecon 2014 HBSP course pack — $8, 3 cases, registration required

2014 Foster MBA Core Accounting Course Pack —  $12, 3 cases, registration required 

Midland Energy Resources Case Study — $9

Everything else is totally, completely optional OR available online on Canvas as far as I know.

Here are my notes in more detail:

Finance (Prof Lance Young)

Corporate Finance: The Core 3rd ed. —–  ISBN-10: 0133097897  Edition: 3rd

New: $165.17-$147.77, used $145, $34 to rent from Amazon.  I rented mine.  Don’t need the access card, and according to the professor, you could even use the 2nd edition if you wanted

Case Study: Midland Energy Resources – purchase at HBS for $9: http://hbr.org/product/midland-energy-resources-inc-cost-of-capital-brief-case/an/4129-PDF-ENG

Financial Accounting (Prof Frank Hodge) 

Foster MBA: Financial Accounting —- available only from the UW Bookstore for $171.75.  Access Card is required here, so really this is a good deal compared to the $260 non-custom edition on Amazon.  

2014 Foster MBA Core Accounting Course Pack —  3 cases at https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/access/28999982 — $12, registration required 

Microeconomic Foundations of Strategy (Prof Charles Hill)

Strategic Management Theory, 11th ed —- ISBN-10: 1285184491  Edition: 11th

Amazon $193-166 new, $155 used, or $75 to rent. 10th Ed (used) is sold for $99.95 at the UW bookstore. Not sure what’s new from the 10th ed besides “Focus on Wal-mart” notes in each chapter, according to the Cengage site. According to last year’s students, you don’t really need this, but the syllabus says you’re supposed to read 5-6 chapters from it.  I rented the 11th ed from Amazon but I think the smarter thing to do is just ignore it and borrow from the library if they actually use it.  Or get the 10th edition.

Principles of Microeconomics, 6th ed —- ISBN-10: 0538453044  Edition: 6th

Amazon $227.54 new or $46.95 used.  Oddly enough no rent option from Amazon for this ISBN.  There were plenty of used ones for $50 at the UW Bookstore. Lots of them were untouched.  I bought a used copy…it wasn’t clear to me from the 2013 Syllabus if we needed the access code, and if I need to buy one I’ll pay the $85 from Amazon for it.

We also need to get the Zoots Case from the UW Bookstore.

HBSP course materials at https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/access/28083784  — $8

Marketing (Professor Jain)

A Framework for Marketing Management  
ISBN-10: 0132539306  Edition: 5th

This textbook is recommended, but not required.  $130 new, or $30 to rent from Amazon.

Marketing Coursepack — $125, available 18 Sep, only available from the UW bookstore.  

Also need to register for PharmaSim – you’ll get email instructions on how to do it.  Registration is about $40. 

Professional Development, (Assistant Dean Naomi Sanchez)

Readings will be announced on a session-by-session basis.  All the readings will be provided to you so no worries!


For additional information, check Newsletter 15 at the Foster Admitted Student  Announcements page.  All of this is based on asking prior year students, newsletter 15, and the syllabi.

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