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A Wharton Professor's Search for Success

A Wharton Professor's Search for Success
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One of the secrets all MBA students harbor is that they don’t really know what they want to be when they grow up—or graduate. “It’s part of the MBA culture that everyone thinks everyone else knows exactly what they’re doing,” says G. Richard Shell, a legal studies and business ethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Shell addresses the topic in the new book Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success (Portfolio Hardcover), set for release on Aug. 15. The book is modeled after a course Shell has been teaching at Wharton since 2005, called The Literature of Success. The course explores the history, literature, and philosophy behind two questions: “What does it mean to be successful?” and “How does one achieve this elusive goal?”