Your MBA with Distinction

Financial Times
Caroline Gatrell / Sharon Turnbull  
Total pages
September 2002
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This book de-mystifies the process of getting an MBA, and helps students to optimise their performance. Take control of your learning and get the results you want.

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You're ambitious; you want to succeed and to get the best out of your MBA studies.

At first it may seem as though 'excellence' is a concept available only to the brilliant or very lucky, and that achieving distinction is an elusive prize. So, what is the 'secret of success' in your MBA? How do you take control of your learning, make the best of your MBA experience and achieve the results you want?

The key lies in understanding how the process works and this book does just that. Your MBA with Distinction provides you with a systematic approach for managing your learning experience effectively.

Formerly MBA students, and now MBA teachers, the authors are in the unique position of having insights from both perspectives; offering insider tips from their own studies and techniques based on their real-life teaching methods.

Your MBA with Distinction

is presented in two parts. Part I provides you with general advice on how to manage the learning experience. Part II concentrates on how to improve your study skills.

Written in a totally accessible manner, this book will:

  • Help you to improve your grades
  • Enable you to manage your own learning effectively
  • Develop your individual learning and writing style
  • Help you to take control of your MBA rather than feeling submerged by it

Help you to learn how to master time management


Caroline Gatrell joined Lancaster University Management School in 1998, having completed the Lancaster Executive MBA with a distinction. She has been involved as both tutor and examiner with a number of the university's pretigious graduate business degrees. She is currently directing an Action Research project to evaluate the effectiveness of "Children First" - an early years education and childcare partnership.Sharon Turnbull joined Lancaster University Management School in 1994 having gained an Executive MBA with distinction, and has been involved with many of the School's important graduate degree programmes. She has also been cohort leader of the British Airways MBA, teaches on International Master programme and the MA in Management learning . She currently co-directs the MPhil/PhD in Critical Management.

Reader Review(s)

"This is a highly useful guide to the practice of doing an MBA - and from

a very reliable source, since both authors achieved distinction in an MBA

themselves while working full-time at demanding jobs. A serious MBA

stretches everybody who does one - not only leading to deep knowledge

about organisations and how they function, but also to a development of

self-understanding and management capabilities. This books gives an

excellent practical guide to how to go through this process and achieve

the knowledge and development which a good MBA provides. If you want to

make the serious investment of both time and money that an MBA entails

worthwhile, this is the book for you."

Professor Stephen Watson, Principal, Henley Management College, Chair, Association of Business Schools

"This book is a highly practical guide for busy MBA students, which can help

them make effective use of scarce time without sacrificing the quality of

their work. The text is highly accessible but never patronising. The authors

have the advantage of having studied successfully for their own MBAs before

becoming MBA tutors and examiners. The book truly benefits from their

ability to see what the world looks like on both sides of the MBA fence - it

should be on every new MBA student's reading list."

Professor Rosemary Deem BA Hons Social Sciences, MPhil, PhD. Director of Teaching and Learning, The Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol


"This title demystifies the process of getting an MBA and aims to help students to optimise their performance."

Business A.M


"...a must buy for all aspiring MBA students." Mike Jones, former director general of the Association of MBAs

Ambassador (AMBA Magazine)