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POLECON 230: Strategy Beyond Markets

Politicians, regulators, and voters place limits on - and present opportunities for - nearly every business. Firms like Uber, Airbnb, and Google do not only remain cognizant of existing laws, they also look for opportunities to change the law in ways that help their business. In this class, we will learn how businesses can influence political decision-making and develop frameworks for political strategy. We will examine firms' interactions with competitive firms, market incumbents, customers, and institutions, including interest groups, legislatures, regulatory agencies, courts, international organizations, and the public. Case studies include intellectual property, health care reform, carried interest in private equity, ride-sharing, and peer-to-peer lending. Students will complete the course with a better appreciation of how politics works, of the opportunities and perils associated with alternative political goals, and of tactics likely to achieve those goals. Special emphasis is given to beyond market strategy for start-ups and how to integrate market and beyond-market strategies.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

POLECON 231: Strategy Beyond Markets: Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Economies

This course shares significant material with POLECON 230 and the goal of developing integrated strategies for optimal firm performance that combine elements within and beyond markets. POLECON 231 diverges from the base course to delve deeper into issues that are particularly salient for entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets. Using a combination of cases from developed and developing countries, we will expand the list of topics considered to include managing political risk and protecting the firm in the face of uncertain and discretionary regulatory environments. The objective is to provide a solid grounding in the techniques explored in 230, while refining skill sets and whetting appetites for investment in higher risk environments.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: Casey, K. (PI)

POLECON 239: MSx: Strategy Beyond Markets

This course addresses managerial issues in the social, political and legal environments of business. Cases and readings emphasize strategies to improve the performance of companies in light of their multiple constituencies, in both within the US and internationally. Most core courses focus on firms' interactions with customers, suppliers, and alliance partners in the form of mutually beneficial voluntary exchange transacted in markets. In contrast, this course considers the strategic interactions of firms with comparably important constituents, organizations, and institutions beyond markets. Issues considered include those involving activist and interest groups, the media, legislatures, regulatory and antitrust agencies, and other forms of political risk. In many of the class sessions, we will draw on theoretical and empirical research in political economy, a field that is particularly relevant for understanding relationships between firms and governments, because (unlike most of economics) political economy focuses on interactions that are neither voluntary nor transacted via money.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: Jha, S. (PI)

POLECON 342: Finding Spiritual Meaning at Work: Business Exemplars

This course explores the experience of respected business leaders who have been able to integrate their spiritual and business lives successfully. It also provides an explicit opportunity for students to discuss their own intentions to find deep meaning in and through their business careers. Difficulties, struggles and barriers will be examined as well. Readings will include both biographies of specific business people and background materials on the major religious and philosophical traditions represented. A number of the exemplars whose biographical information will be examined, like Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, will be invited to class -- initially to listen to the class discussion, and then to provide feedback to students, expand on their own biographies and the background resources read in preparation for each class, and respond to questions and answers. This course will help students elucidate how their business careers fit into what ultimately matters most to them and how to build moral courage and long-term commitment to their ideals.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: McLennan, S. (PI)

POLECON 349: The Business World: Moral and Spiritual Inquiry through Literature

This course uses novels and plays as a basis for examining the moral and spiritual aspects of business leadership and of the environment in which business is done. On the one hand literature is used as the basis for examining the character of business people, while on the other hand literature provides illumination of the cultural contexts of values and beliefs within which commercial activities take place in a global economy. The course is organized around the interplay of religious traditions and national identities. Classes are taught in a Socratic, discussion-based style, creating as much of a seminar atmosphere as possible. A two-text method is used, encouraging students to examine their own personal stories with as much care as the stories presented in the literature. This course will be graded on the basis of class participation, weekly reflection papers (1 page), and a final paper. There will be no exam.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: McLennan, S. (PI)

POLECON 351: Global Business, Religion, and National Culture

What does one need to know about Islam to do business effectively in an Arab country? How can understanding the Protestant ethic help Mexican managers deal with U.S. partners? How does Confucianism influence Chinese business ethics? What are the business advantages of knowing how different countries rate on the spectrum of individualist versus communitarian values? These are the kinds of issues discussed in this course, which seeks to help students who will be engaged in international business during their careers. It aims to examine the deeper levels of attitudes and beliefs, often unconscious, which lie beneath the way business is done in various countries. Information will be provided on major religious and philosophical traditions like Confucianism, Shinto, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Some cross-cultural frameworks will also be considered. Case studies and background readings are set in nations like China, Japan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Me more »
What does one need to know about Islam to do business effectively in an Arab country? How can understanding the Protestant ethic help Mexican managers deal with U.S. partners? How does Confucianism influence Chinese business ethics? What are the business advantages of knowing how different countries rate on the spectrum of individualist versus communitarian values? These are the kinds of issues discussed in this course, which seeks to help students who will be engaged in international business during their careers. It aims to examine the deeper levels of attitudes and beliefs, often unconscious, which lie beneath the way business is done in various countries. Information will be provided on major religious and philosophical traditions like Confucianism, Shinto, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Some cross-cultural frameworks will also be considered. Case studies and background readings are set in nations like China, Japan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Mexico and the United States. The class will be discussion-based, drawing on students¿ own life experiences as well as the cases and readings. The hope is to provide a competitive advantage, both theoretically and practically, to students through understanding certain unspoken rules of the game in global business.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
Instructors: McLennan, S. (PI)

POLECON 515: Strategy Beyond the Market: Innovation in the Energy Industry

The future of the energy industry is deeply intertwined with politics and the formation of policy. What happens beyond the market shapes the rules of the game for market competition. In this class we'll take a deeper dive into the market and beyond-market strategies in the energy industry. Each session will address a business problem and analyze the interaction of market structure and the beyond-market environment. The business problem will either come from a written case or a guest speaker. Topics covered: 1) Mapping the regulated energy landscape: the politics and innovation of the renewable energy industry. 2) Working with State Regulators and Using the beyond-market to dislodge entrenched incumbents. 3) Beyond State Politics: The US & Australian Federal Government. 4) The Utilities from inside and outside. 5) Investing in a highly regulated industry.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

POLECON 660: Behavioral Political Economy

Most of modern political economy is based on theories of completely rational agents. This has been an enormously fruitful modeling strategy. (Ironically, the approach is sensible partly because researchers are themselves boundedly rational.) There are, however, well-known empirical problems with this strategy. In particular, all humans are cognitively constrained: to take two important examples, our conscious attention is sharply limited and our memories are quite fallible.Many of our mental properties are examined in behavioral economics. The approach in that field tends to be piecemeal, somewhat notoriously so in the heuristics-and-biases tradition pioneered by Kahneman and Tversky. (Not surprisingly, the list of cognitive biases is now quite long.) This course takes a different approach. In addition to empirical regularities discovered by psychologists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, and other scholars who study how humans think and feel, it exploits theoretical resources offered more »
Most of modern political economy is based on theories of completely rational agents. This has been an enormously fruitful modeling strategy. (Ironically, the approach is sensible partly because researchers are themselves boundedly rational.) There are, however, well-known empirical problems with this strategy. In particular, all humans are cognitively constrained: to take two important examples, our conscious attention is sharply limited and our memories are quite fallible.Many of our mental properties are examined in behavioral economics. The approach in that field tends to be piecemeal, somewhat notoriously so in the heuristics-and-biases tradition pioneered by Kahneman and Tversky. (Not surprisingly, the list of cognitive biases is now quite long.) This course takes a different approach. In addition to empirical regularities discovered by psychologists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, and other scholars who study how humans think and feel, it exploits theoretical resources offered by the modern cognitive sciences: in particular, dual process theories of mind, developed by cognitive psychologists, and computational theories of mind, developed by a heterogeneous set of cognitive scientists. These two theoretical approaches will provide frameworks that will help us make sense of empirical regularities discovered experimentally and in the field. Instead of being a disorganized list of departures from classical theories of utility and choice, they are an alternative way to think about human problem solving and decision making. In additional to this foundational work, we will also study how our mental processes affect political behavior. A variety of contexts will be examined, including elections, government officials trying to solve complex policy problems, and the evolution of political norms. (For this last topic evolutionary game theory might make an appearance.) Since many of the relevant readings are based on stochastic models, we may use one session as a tutorial on constructing and interrogating stochastic models. A key objective will be to learn how to build formal PE models that are consistent with the cognitive science formulations described above.
Units: 2 | Grading: GSB Student Option LTR/PF
Instructors: Bendor, J. (PI)

POLECON 680: Foundations of Political Economy

This course provides an introduction to political economy with an emphasis on formal models of collective choice, public institutions, and political competition. Topics considered include voting theory, social choice, institutional equilibria, agenda setting, interest group politics, bureaucratic behavior, and electoral competition. Also listed as Political Science 351A.
Units: 4 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded

POLECON 681: Economic Analysis of Political Institutions

This course extends the foundations developed in P680 by applying techniques of microeconomic analysis and game theory to the study of political behavior and institutions. The techniques include information economics, games of incomplete information, sequential bargaining theory, repeated games, and rational expectations. The applications considered include agenda formation in legislatures, government formation in parliamentary systems, the implications of legislative structure, elections and information aggregation, lobbying, electoral competition and interest groups, the control of bureaucracies, interest group competition, and collective choice rules.
Units: 4 | Grading: GSB Student Option LTR/PF
Instructors: Shotts, K. (PI)
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