(elective MBA course)
This course equips you to create, build and lead equitable organizations. We will learn the power of i D&I – that is, how we can be change agents by involving key stakeholders, casting the right vision, and constructing the right interactions to unlock the true potential of diversity in teams and organizations. We will discuss the power of inclusion as it relates to the employee and customer experience. We will study effective strategies for building diverse and inclusive companies, and will address the barriers and myths related to meritocracy. We’ll look at approaches to organizational design that limit unconscious bias and produce more objective decisions across the employee experience – from engaging and hiring candidates to retaining employees and helping them thrive. We’ll dive into how to create inclusive cultures and a sense of belonging. Finally, we will learn tools and techniques to empower change for ourselves and others.
(core MSx course)
This course examines fundamental issues of general management and leadership within an organization. You will learn about setting an organization’s strategic direction, aligning structure to implement strategy, and leading individuals within the firm. You will study the interplay among formal structure, routines, informal networks, and culture in shaping organizational performance and how to make changes to these facets to adapt and change to the environment in order to build more innovative companies. This course will be a valuable source of insight for you as you continue to develop as a leader and strategic thinker at the GSB and beyond.
This course is an overview of sociological approaches to markets, behavior and organizations – i.e. an OT (organization theory) approach to economic sociology. The questions we will take up in this class are particularly relevant to those interested in developing a sociological view of economic behavior and institutions—i.e. how markets function, the ways that actors (firms, buyers, suppliers) interact within markets, how search for transaction partners occurs, the role of identity, the influence of networks, etc. We take a decidedly organizational focus to these topics, meaning organizations are either in the foreground or background of the topics that we take on during the course.