DIY MBA: My Reading List

Chris Stoneman
2 min readJul 12, 2019

I’m doing a self-taught DIY MBA (read more). Here’s my work-in-progress reading list, add anything you think I’m missing in the comments.

Accounting & Finance : Completed. Read the module overview

  • The 10 Day MBA by Steven Silbiger
  • The Portable MBA in Finance and Accounting by Grossman & Livingstone
  • An online course is probably better than a book, I did this one by Acumen Learning.

Product, Design & Marketing

  • Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan (notes)
  • Lean Startup by Eric Ries (notes)
  • Hooked: How to Make Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal (notes)
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (notes)
  • Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday
  • Marketing: A Love Story by Bernadette Jiwa (notes)
  • Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller (notes)
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore (notes)
  • Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan (notes)

Organisational Behaviour, Management & Communication

  • High Output Management by Andy Grove (notes)
  • The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
  • Talking from 9 to 5 by Deborah Tannen
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  • Hard Thing About Hard Things and What You Do Is Who You Are by Ben Horowitz.
  • Resilient Management by Lara Hogan
  • Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss

Global Economics & Investing

  • Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
  • Economics: A User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang
  • Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What It Means for the World by Dambisa Moyo
  • Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  • The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks
  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Strategy & Systems Thinking

  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
  • Platform Scale by Sangeet Paul Choudary (notes)
  • 7 Powers: Foundations of Business by Hamilton Helmer (notes)
  • Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne
  • Certain to Win by Chet Richards
  • Getting the Right Things Done by Pascal Dennis
  • Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur
  • Theory in Practice by Chris Argyris & Donald Schön
  • Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
  • Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

Creativity & Getting Stuff Done

Have I missed anything? Are there better alternatives to these? Let me know with a comment!



Chris Stoneman

Dad, Hub, LDN/E17 resident. Strategy @Spotify. ex Universal Music. Here I share my thoughts or things I learn, please help me understand them more. @CWStoneman