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Quantic EMBA Companion Resource List

All the extra stuff that I consumed to enhance my Executive MBA

Julia Clavien
4 min readFeb 2, 2021


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I’m currently completing the Quantic Executive MBA program.

One thing I love about the Quantic EMBA program is that it focuses on one subject at a time, which allows you to deep dive into an area — instead of running a few subjects in parallel.

The lesson content is excellent in it’s simplicity and accessibility — if you are new to any of the subject areas it breaks down concepts really well. However, I’ve found it really useful to supplement the coursework with some additional book and video content. This helps to consolidate the ideas, but also to get out of the shallows and go a bit deeper.

I thought I’d pull together all the extra resources I used in this one place, and update it over time. Enjoy!

Markets & Economies

This subject matter wasn’t entirely new, so it was a good chance to consolidate and deepen my understanding.

🎥 For a nice summary of concepts, How the Economic Machine Works is a short and enjoyable must-watch during this module.

🎥 Capital in the 21st Century. I’ve been trying to read this book for years… It’s been a bit of a struggle for me. I generally prefer to read the book before watching the movie — but in this case it was the reverse, the lighter format of the documentary paved the way! Watch the Capital in the 21st Century documentary on Netflix first if you’re like me.

📖 And then revisit the Capital in the 21st Century book on (I did it on Audible).


I’ve studied accounting, as well as looked after the bookkeeping and accounting for my own businesses over the years, and I still found debits and credits tricky! 😵

The additional resources below helped me through.

📖 The Lemonade Stand is a truly excellent book. I think it’s aimed at children, but don’t let that dissuade you if you want a good primer on accounting concepts! It takes you back to super basics — it really simplifies things and is surprisingly quite an enjoyable read.

🎥 Debits and credits. This video was crucial for me, the technique he explains finally helped me get debits and credits right consistently!

Data and Decisions

I didn’t expect to find this so challenging given I’ve got a reasonable background in probability and stats!

🎥 If you need more on the basic’s Dr Nic on YouTube is one of the best. I watched a bunch of her videos as a fun refresher.

For understanding the Central Limit Theorem in particular, this is great

📖 Nassim Taleb’s books are full of fascinating probability education. I first came across his writing when I read The Black Swan a while ago, and it blew my mind — I was an instant fan. His other books are also excellent. The author puts them in this order as a set:

Fooled By Randomness

The Black Swan


The Bed of Procrustes

Skin in the Game

You might not read them all this month but they should be high on your list.

Operations Management

🔖 This is a handy Queueing Theory Calculator.

📖 The Goal. If you haven’t already read this book, it’s a perfect time. I saw a hilarious 1 star review for it that described it as “subpar fan-fiction for operations enthusiasts”. This is hilarious because that’s the reason the book is so excellent — it weaves dry concepts through a story. The story is admittedly a bit overly enthusiastic at times, but a great way to learn.

📖 Thinking in Systems: A Primer. This is a heavier read, but a classic in Systems Thinking, so if it’s on your list, it’s a great time to read it.

Leading Organizations

More to come April 2021 when I reach this module. But immediately, I thought of one of my other favorite business fiction reads, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. (Yes if you haven’t caught a theme here, I am a sucker for the easy-reading educational business-fiction genre.)

Marketing & Pricing

I’ve moved this post to my blog here Quantic Executive MBA.


I’ve moved this post to my blog here Quantic Executive MBA.

Also, check out my World View Altering Books post for more of my favorite reads.

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Julia Clavien

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