Ever Wonder What HBS Professors Read Over the Summer?

Harvard Business School, home to some of the brightest business minds in academia. What could all of those brains possibly do during the summer, when they don’t have to worry about teaching courses and can instead focus on pure intellectual pursuits (and perhaps consulting gigs)? An article in the June, 2011, edition of the HBS Alumni Bulletin asked just that question, and the answers make for an interesting read… and just might inspire your own summer reading list.

We most enjoyed reading what authors, books, and magazines made it onto each professor’s “guilty pleasure” reading list:

Tom DeLong, Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice
Professor Delong enjoys James Michener (author of Tales of the South Pacific) and Sports Illustrated in his spare time. (We wonder if he has ever attendd the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.)

Rohit Deshpandé, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing
He enjoys sneaking in some of the works of Brazilian author and lyricist Paulo Coelho.

Rakesh Khurana, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development
Professor Khurana, like half of the planet Earth right now, currently enjoy’s Stieg Larsson white-hot The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

We’re all allowed a little mental bubblegum now and then, no? What are some of your literary guilty pleasures?