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GSBGEN 10SC: Lives of Consequence

This course examines how exceptionally creative individuals from a variety of domains (including the arts, sciences, politics, technology, and society) found a sense of purpose in their lives and then successfully pursued that purpose. In the creative domain, for example, we examine the lives of filmmaker George Lucas, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, lifestyle designer Martha Stewart, and master chef Thomas Keller. In the political sphere, we examine the lives of Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy. We also explore the work of individuals engaged in philanthropic efforts around the globe, including Melinda Gates and Paul Farmer. We complement the study of these individuals, and others, with a variety of readings from the social science literature on happiness, meaning, and creativity. Students interested in psychology, philosophy, creativity, the arts and sciences, or business should find the course particularly useful and engaging. Students, working individually and in small groups, will have a chance to apply the course concepts to their own lives, using a series of reflective writing exercises. Students will complete an independent research project on a topic or person of interest to them. They will make a presentation to the class on the basis of their research. The course is designed to be highly discussion-oriented and interactive. Students may take this course for either a letter grade or on a pass/fail basis. Letter grades for the course will be based upon the quality of the independent library research and class presentation, along with the quality and consistency of class participation. Both components (research and class participation) are equally weighted.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

GSBGEN 199: Curricular Practical Training for PhD Students

GSB students are eligible to report on work experience that is relevant to their core studies under the direction of the Director of the PhD Program. Registration for this work must be approved by the Director of the PhD Program and is limited to students who present a project which in judgment of the Advisor may be undertaken to enhance the material learned in PhD courses. It is expected that this research be carried on by the student with a large degree of independence and the expected result is a written report, due at the end of the quarter in which the course is taken. Because this course runs through the summer, reports are due the 2nd week of October. Units earned for this course do not meet the requirements needed for graduation.
Units: 1 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: GSB Pass/Fail
Instructors: Iancu, D. (PI)

GSBGEN 202: Critical Analytical Thinking

The Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT) course provides a setting for students to further develop and hone the skills needed to analyze complex issues and make forceful and well-grounded arguments. In 16-18 person sections, you will analyze, write about, and debate a set of topics that encompass the types of problems managers must confront. In doing this CAT will enhance your ability to identify critical questions when exploring challenging business issues. The emphasis will be on developing reasoned positions and making sound and compelling arguments that support those positions.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

GSBGEN 208: Ethics in Management

With leadership comes responsibility. This course explores the numerous ethical duties faced by managers and organizations. It combines analytical frameworks with the latest findings on human behavior to inform a wide range of ethical decisions and strategies. Readings include case studies, insights from experimental psychology and economics, and excerpts from or about major works of moral philosophy. Through online and in-class exercises, discussions, and personal reflection, you will reveal and assess your ethical intuitions, compare them with more explicit modes of ethical thought, and learn how to use ethics in business settings. A diverse set of ethical viewpoints will be considered with an emphasis on not only their implications for ethical behavior but also on the social and cognitive pitfalls that undermine the ability of business leaders to fulfill their ethical duties.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

GSBGEN 314: Creating High Potential Ventures in Developing Economies

This course addresses the distinctive challenges and opportunities of launching high-potential new ventures in developing economies. Developing economies are attractive targets for entrepreneurs because many are just starting to move up the growth curve, and they offer low-cost operating environments that can be great development labs for potentially disruptive innovations. They increase in attractiveness when their political institutions stabilize and they become more market-friendly. At the same time, developing economies pose serious challenges. Pioneering entrepreneurs take on significant risks to gain early mover advantages. Specifically, entrepreneurs will not be able to count on the same kind of supportive operating environments that we take for granted in the developed world. They often face cumbersome permit and licensing processes, poorly developed financial and labor markets, problematic import and export procedures, unreliable local supply chains, weak infrastructure, corruption, currency risks, limited investment capital, lack of financial exits and more. This course is designed to help would-be entrepreneurs better understand and prepare for these issues as they pursue the opportunities and address the challenges to start, grow, and harvest their ventures in these environments. The core of the course is a team-based exercise involving the development of a deep understanding of the team's chosen country of focus with respect to the opportunities and challenges for starting a new business. Interested students must come in willing to be team players and do the work necessary to complete this exercise over the full quarter. Each team member's contributions will be assessed by fellow teammates. Students will submit country preferences before the quarter begins and teams will be formed on the first day. The teams will identify what they think would be a high potential opportunity for innovative entrepreneurship in their country that they will evaluate using the country-specific knowledge they've developed. The team will describe, in a final written paper and presentation, the challenges and opportunities in their country using a framework from the recently published World Economic Forum report on "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Around the Globe and Company Growth Dynamics." The final materials will also include the team's thoughts on the viability of their proposed venture and how it capitalizes on their country's assets and addresses its challenges. A detailed business plan is not required; however, specific recommendations and plans for next steps that would be carried out during a 3 to 6 month field and market research study in the country will be part of the final presentation. In effect, the team will answer the questions: Why do they think this new proposed venture is viable in the specific developing economy given the country's specific opportunities and challenges?; and, What would the group do "in country" to confirm the viability and complete the plans to actually start and grow the business? Based on feedback from instructors and students in the inaugural class last year, some revisions have been incorporated, - more interaction with instructors; fewer case studies; expert guest speakers more focused on a specific topic to share their relevant experiences; a shortened reading list including new notes written on key topics to replace existing readings; and some "flipped" class sessions allowing time for teams to work in class on their projects. Since the course is still evolving, we particularly want to attract students who would enjoy helping further develop the course since this is an arena that begs for new approaches and material. This course will relate to the work being done in SEED, under the theory that healthy entrepreneurship and innovation will improve the overall economy and reduce poverty. Most countries that have successfully grown out of poverty did not do it by focusing only on Bottom of Pyramid (BoP) businesses, but by promoting healthy business growth overall. Helping entrepreneurs build successful new ventures in a developing economy is an essential element of an overall strategy for moving a country out of poverty. BoP businesses have tended to grow slowly, and struggle to raise capital, often being forced to pay low wages, etc. Without complementing these businesses with strong, high-potential, high-growth, profit-making businesses, none of these developing economies are likely to progress economically or eliminate poverty. A prosperous business with a solid plan will help the country, the economy, and ultimately the poor.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

GSBGEN 317: Reputation Management: Strategies for Successful Communicators

Successful leaders have to conceive, author, rebuild, pivot, differentiate, and finally maintain a personal reputation to make a lasting, recognizable and powerful identity. Reputation Management will explore how you can work alone, within groups or as part of an organization to create, adapt and maintain your personal reputation. Your reputation remains fluid as you navigate your career decisions and interact with different professionals along your journey. It’s not your reputation at a given moment that is significant; rather, it is the Continuum of Reputation throughout your career that matters.nnnThe course is designed along three interlocking elements: reputation management literature, relevant case studies, and curated guest speakers. Beginning with the frameworks of Paul Argenti, one of the leaders in the field of reputation management, students will learn the fundamentals of strategic corporate communication and the risk of not managing reputation effectively. These frameworks will be extended with specific case studies to illustrate where individuals, groups, and firms have faced the challenge of managing reputation effectively. We will focus on both traditional and virtual components of communication including the relevancy of online reputation management. Finally we will invite key leaders who have built their careers in media through effective communication. We have already begun discussions to ensure availability and have initial commitments from a wide range of on-camera talent, off-camera producers and network executives, a renowned author, a hollywood director and corporate spokespeople and strategists. Each leader has had to manage their reputations in the public eye, and alongside their peers, supervisors, and employees. Guests will be invited to discuss their conscious and unplanned strategies of how to successfully communicate the kind of person, leader, innovator, public figure they wanted, and continue to be known as. The crux being: how to obtain and maintain success by creating and managing your reputation.nnnStudents will benefit from a rich blend of frameworks, cases, and speakers enabling them to successfully enter the work force and create their own, personal reputations. What they learn about the importance of Reputation Management will help ensure a more thoughtful and strategic success plan for each graduate. A mid-term assignment will require students to create a case study drawn from their own experience (or personal network), of a reputation dilemma. Teams of other students will then create solutions to the dilemma informed by the frameworks from the course. A final assignment requires students to articulate their own reputation using any media of the student’s choosing and share that with others in the course and GSB community.
Units: 4 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

GSBGEN 381: Strategic Philanthropy

Appropriate for any student driven to effect positive social change from either the for-profit or nonprofit sector, Strategic Philanthropy ( GSBGEN 381/ EDUC 377C) will challenge students to expand their own strategic thinking about philanthropic aspiration and action. In recent decades, philanthropy has become an industry in itself - amounting to nearly $300 billion in the year 2011. Additionally, the last decade has seen unprecedented innovation in both philanthropy and social change. This course explores the key operational and strategic distinctions between traditional philanthropic entities, such as community foundations, private foundations, and corporate foundations; and innovative models, including funding intermediaries, open-source platforms, technology-driven philanthropies, and venture philanthropy partnerships. Course work will include readings and case discussions that encourage students to analyze both domestic and global philanthropic strategies as they relate to foundation mission, grant making, evaluation, financial management, infrastructure, knowledge management, policy change, and board governance. Guest speakers will consist of high profile philanthropists, foundation presidents, social entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley business leaders creating new philanthropic models. The course will culminate in an individual project in which students will complete a business plan for a $10 million private foundation.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

GSBGEN 390: Individual Research

Need approval from sponsoring faculty member and GSB Registrar.
Units: 1-4 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: GSB Pass/Fail
Instructors: Aaker, J. (PI) ; Abbey, D. (PI) ; Admati, A. (PI) ; Athey, S. (PI) ; Bannick, M. (PI) ; Barnett, W. (PI) ; Barth, M. (PI) ; Bayati, M. (PI) ; Bendor, J. (PI) ; Benkard, L. (PI) ; Berk, J. (PI) ; Bernstein, S. (PI) ; Beyer, A. (PI) ; Bimpikis, K. (PI) ; Binsbergen, J. (PI) ; Blankespoor, E. (PI) ; Bowen, R. (PI) ; Bowman, K. (PI) ; Brady, D. (PI) ; Breon-Drish, B. (PI) ; Brest, P. (PI) ; Bulow, J. (PI) ; Burgelman, R. (PI) ; Callander, S. (PI) ; Carroll, G. (PI) ; Casey, K. (PI) ; Chess, R. (PI) ; Ciesinski, S. (PI) ; De Simone, L. (PI) ; DeMarzo, P. (PI) ; Di Tella, S. (PI) ; Dodson, D. (PI) ; Duffie, D. (PI) ; Ellis, J. (PI) ; Enthoven, A. (PI) ; Feinberg, Y. (PI) ; Ferguson, J. (PI) ; Finan, F. (PI) ; Flynn, F. (PI) ; Foster, G. (PI) ; Gardete, P. (PI) ; Gerardo Lietz, N. (PI) ; Goldberg, A. (PI) ; Greer, L. (PI) ; Grenadier, S. (PI) ; Gruenfeld, D. (PI) ; Guttentag, B. (PI) ; Halevy, N. (PI) ; Hannan, M. (PI) ; Hartmann, W. (PI) ; Hasan, S. (PI) ; Heath, C. (PI) ; Holloway, C. (PI) ; Huang, S. (PI) ; Hurley, J. (PI) ; Iancu, D. (PI) ; Imbens, G. (PI) ; Ishii, J. (PI) ; Jha, S. (PI) ; Johnson, F. (PI) ; Jones, C. (PI) ; Kasznik, R. (PI) ; Kessler, D. (PI) ; Khan, U. (PI) ; Korteweg, A. (PI) ; Koudijs, P. (PI) ; Kramer, R. (PI) ; Krehbiel, K. (PI) ; Kreps, D. (PI) ; Lambert, N. (PI) ; Larcker, D. (PI) ; Lattin, J. (PI) ; Laurin, K. (PI) ; Lazear, E. (PI) ; Lee, C. (PI) ; Lee, H. (PI) ; Leslie, M. (PI) ; Levav, J. (PI) ; Levine, P. (PI) ; Linbeck, L. (PI) ; Lowery, B. (PI) ; Malhotra, N. (PI) ; March, J. (PI) ; Marinovic, I. (PI) ; Marks, M. (PI) ; McDonald, J. (PI) ; McNichols, M. (PI) ; McQuade, T. (PI) ; Meehan, B. (PI) ; Mendelson, H. (PI) ; Miller, D. (PI) ; Monin, B. (PI) ; Nair, H. (PI) ; Narayanan, S. (PI) ; Neale, M. (PI) ; O'Reilly, C. (PI) ; Oyer, P. (PI) ; Parker, G. (PI) ; Patell, J. (PI) ; Perez-Gonzalez, F. (PI) ; Pfeffer, J. (PI) ; Pfleiderer, P. (PI) ; Piotroski, J. (PI) ; Plambeck, E. (PI) ; Powers, J. (PI) ; Rajan, M. (PI) ; Rao, H. (PI) ; Rauh, J. (PI) ; Reguant-Rido, M. (PI) ; Reichelstein, S. (PI) ; Reicher, D. (PI) ; Reiss, P. (PI) ; Rice, C. (PI) ; Sahni, N. (PI) ; Scholes, M. (PI) ; Schramm, J. (PI) ; Seiler, S. (PI) ; Shaw, K. (PI) ; Shiv, B. (PI) ; Shotts, K. (PI) ; Siegel, R. (PI) ; Siegelman, R. (PI) ; Simonson, I. (PI) ; Singleton, K. (PI) ; Skrzypacz, A. (PI) ; Sorensen, J. (PI) ; Soule, S. (PI) ; Strebulaev, I. (PI) ; Sugaya, T. (PI) ; Thurber, M. (PI) ; Tiedens, L. (PI) ; Tonetti, C. (PI) ; Tormala, Z. (PI) ; Wein, L. (PI) ; Whang, S. (PI) ; Wheeler, S. (PI) ; Zenios, S. (PI) ; Zwiebel, J. (PI) ; deHaan, E. (PI)

GSBGEN 508: Deals II

This course applies economic concepts to the practice of structuring contracts. The course extends over two quarters, meeting three hours per week the first quarter and two hours per week the second quarter. Students enrolled in the course must take both quarters. All or most of the first quarter is spent in a traditional classroom setting, discussing economics articles and case studies of actual contracts that illustrate the concepts described in the articles. Beginning either at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter until the end of the course (the "deals" segment of the course), the class explores the connection between economic theory and contracting practice by studying specific current deals. Students, divided into groups, study a deal beginning in the first quarter. Then, during the deals segment of the course, each group gives a presentation of its deal to the class. The following week, a lawyer or other participant in the deal will come to class and lead a discussion of the deal. When it works, the students' and the practitioners' analyses are mutually enlightening. The course examines new deals each year. Deals that studied over the years have included movie financings, biotech alliances, venture capital financings, cross-border joint ventures, private equity investments, and corporate reorganizations.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

GSBGEN 512: Funding Social Impact: Methods and Measurement

The past decade has seen an increasing interest in impact investments, which seek to generate financial returns at the same time as they have social (or environmental) impact. But how does an investor actually achieve impact? We explore this question through a framework that requires that the investee enterprise itself has net positive impact and that the investor's financial or other contribution increases that impact. We consider the challenges of measuring an enterprise's impact, and then turn to assessing the value added by investors, fund managers, and other intermediaries. The course will be taught mainly through case studies that consider investments in different asset classes ranging from those that expect below-market returns to ones that expect risk-adjusted market returns or better. We will look at investments at various stages, from R&D to start-ups to mature enterprises and entire sectors, considering the role of subsidies (for better or worse) and how an enterprise's social mission can be protected upon exit, and also will examine social impact bonds. The course is taught by Paul Brest, http://www.law.stanford.edu/profile/paul-brest. With its focus on assessing impact, it has a different mission than Matt Bannick's winter quarter course, New Business Models in the Developing World, which examines enterprises serving the base of the pyramid, and David Chen's spring quarter course, Impact Investing: Strategies and Tools, which broadly examines the domain of impact investments with emphasis on those yielding market returns. Students will find only slight overlap among the three courses.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Student Option LTR/PF
Instructors: Brest, P. (PI)
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