No Love for the Harvard Business Review
I came across a surprising perspective on HBR and McKinsey while compiling a list of business magazines a while back. This is from a thread over at Metafilter:
I find the Harvard Business Review somewhat of a joke. It’ll have good case studies and an interesting article from time to time, but it lacks substance. It is like the Redbook for CEOs. … Many consultants read the McKinsey Quarterly, though it’s barely more thoughtful than HBR.
I say surprising simply because I see so many references to HBR in the service design literature. I think it’s fair to say it isn’t as rigorous as an academic journal, but a joke? That’s pretty harsh. Mefites aren’t above posturing from time to time, but my background isn’t in business so it’s a little hard to evaluate.
If HBR and McKinsey are the “Redbook for CEOs,” that would make Business Week, Fast Company, Business 2.0 and Inc. the equivalent of Bazooka Joe comics.