Free App: Pocket MBA for iPhone

Last Updated Oct 6, 2009 10:53 AM EDT

Calling all business students and students of business: Pocket MBA shrinks a complete MBA coursebook to iPhone size. The app originally sold for $29.99, but right now you can get it free from the iTunes App Store.

Based on the work of Jae K. Shim (co-author of "The Vest-Pocket MBA"), Pocket MBA covers topics ranging from Business Strategy to Economics to Information Technology.

In each of its seven main sections, you get chapters to read, flashcards to study, and an exam to take at the end. Take a look:

The app offers a few nice touches, including progress meters that show how much of each section you've completed.

It also suffers from a few annoyances, including navigation bugs and grammatical errors. When you first run Pocket MBA, it switches to landscape view for its splash screen (which requires a tap of the Start button), then back to portrait for everything else. Why?

If I'd paid 30 bucks for this app, I'd be more irked. But "free" forgives many transgressions. If you have even the slightest interest in learning, reviewing, or studying MBA topics, and you own an iPhone, be sure to grab Pocket MBA.

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