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Upcoming Courses

Designing a Good Life
Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow
March 24-25, 2016
Cost: $500
Chicago Booth Gleacher Center, Downtown Chicago

This class rests on the simple assumption that you want to live a “good life,” in three senses of the word. First, “good” in the sense of being successful. Second, "good" in the sense of being ethical and honorable. Third, "good" in the sense of feeling good, living a life rich in happiness, meaning, purpose, and well-being. If you wanted to increase your odds of living a good life in all three senses, what would you do? If you wanted to lead an organization that not only did well but did “good,” how would you lead it? If you wanted to manage a team that also lived a good life, how should you manage them?

This is primarily an ethics course, but it is not a typical ethics course. We will not spend time discussing ethical dilemmas, or trying to decide what is right or wrong in ethical gray areas. Science simply does not offer any definitive moral authority on these issues. Instead, we will adopt a psychological approach to understanding ethical behavior. We will try to provide some answers to the most fundamental problem in all of ethics: why do good people sometimes do bad things? Answering this question requires an understanding of the fundamental psychological processes that govern human thought and behavior in ethical domains. It requires understanding the processes underlying moral psychology. These psychological processes can lure anyone—including you and me—into the ethical lapses that ruin careers, destroy businesses, and bring shame to individuals and organizations.

We will end this course by discussing what scientists have learned about the other aspect of a good life: wellbeing, happiness, meaning, and purpose. Ethics and hedonics are sometimes described as opposites: either you do good or you feel good, but you don’t do both. The existing empirical evidence on wellbeing demonstrates that this is simply untrue. I will describe surprising research showing how doing good can provide the kind of meaning and purpose in life that also enables people to feel good.

The goal of this course is to change the way you think about yourself and others, giving you insights and tools that help you design a good life for both yourself and others. Research suggests that those who take business ethics classes behave no more ethically than those who do not take such classes. I think this is because the standard business ethics class takes the wrong approach. It tries to teach ethical principles rather than ethical design. It takes a philosophical or theological approach rather than a data-driven psychological approach. It tries to influence your ethical beliefs rather than trying to help you live by ethical principles that you already have, and share with most other people. It treats ethical lapses as a belief problem rather than as a design problem. This course is an attempt to teach ethics more effectively. Register Today »

March 24 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

March 25 – 8:30 am – 7:30 pm - Movie screening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm with dinner provided.

Registration will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16th.


Understanding Leadership Integrity
Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Professor of Creative Management
Linda E. Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology
February 22-23, 2016
Cost: $500
Chicago Booth Gleacher Center, Downtown Chicago

This program will expand the framework developed by Davis and Hogarth that laid out the relationship between knowledge and the skills of action and insight ( These skills link in many ways to behaviors that are based on one's personal and professional identity. We will explore the notion of identity as it forms the underpinnings of leadership behaviors. Among the questions to be discussed are:

  • What do we mean by terms such as values, virtues, and personal philosophy?
  • How do we sharpen our understanding of integrity and how might we visualize it for ourselves?
  • What responsibilities come with being smart, savvy and insightful?

Our approach in addressing this topic will be concrete and specific rather than abstract and comprehensive. Our goal is to guide you in answering the fundamental leadership question: when do you stand up? All alumni are welcome to attend this two-day seminar. Develop your skills and reconnect with members of the Chicago Booth community. Registration for this session is now closed. Should you have any questions please contact Lindsey Berry at

Marketing Analytics
Jean-Pierre Dubé, Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor of Marketing
January 20-21, 2016
Cost: $500
Chicago Booth Gleacher Center, Downtown Chicago

The digital era has created access to vast quantities of consumer marketing data for the mainstream business. A marketing organization that dismisses customer data puts itself at a severe disadvantage. The main thrust of the quantitative marketing revolution consists of integrating marketing analytics, the combination of data and quantitative frameworks, into the decision-making process.

Dubé's course will focus on frameworks to design marketing strategies, to set objectives, and to see where data and models can add intelligence into marketing decision making. The applications will include the analysis of value creation, product positioning, customer behavior, communications, and pricing. Empirical examples and case studies will be used throughout to illustrate concepts. The course is geared towards helping the marketing manager formulate a logical marketing strategy, measure and quantify the benefits of marketing spending, and ultimately bring more accountability into marketing practice with demonstrable ROI. 

Registration for this session is now closed. Should you have any questions please contact Lindsey Berry at

Day 1 Agenda (pdf)
Day 2 Agenda (pdf)

Understanding Central Banks
Anil Kashyap, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance
October 22 - 23, 2015
Chicago Booth Gleacher Center, Downtown Chicago

This two-day course reviewed four new cases from Professor Kashyap's revamped elective course on central banking. Discussion topics included:

  • The mechanics of quantitative easing
  • Interactions between policy normalization and financial stability
  • The Greek economic crisis, mechanics of a Euro breakup, and the monetary implications of the Scottish independence movement

Postgraduate Courses

Did you know that Chicago Booth alumni are eligible to take up to three tuition-free, postgraduate courses after graduation? Learn more »

Executive Education

Chicago Booth offers open enrollment Executive Education programs that capitalize on our unique approach to business education. Business executives gain broadened skill sets in topical areas, enabling them to have lasting impacts at their companies as soon as they leave the classroom. Learn more »


Custom Executive Education Programs

Chicago Booth is at the forefront of designing and delivering highly customized executive education programs that meet the specific leadership development objectives of our clients. Learn more »

Online Courses through Coursera

Are you curious about quantitative academic finance? Have you considered graduate study in finance? Are you working in an investment bank, money-management firm, or hedge fund and you want to understand models better? Check out professor John Cochrane’s popular online course on asset pricing. Learn more »

Global Launchpad: Mexico City

Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
Robert Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, Chicago Booth
Ellen Rudnick, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth, and Executive Director, Polsky Center
Craig Wortmann, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
January 14-16, 2016
EGADE Business School, Mexico City (Santa Fe)

The Global Launchpad is a three-day entrepreneurship "boot-camp" taking place January 14-16, 2016. The program is open to all UChicago alumni who are pursuing or wish to pursue entrepreneurial careers. Its unique curriculum blends classroom instruction that is grounded in theoretical frameworks with hands-on coaching by top Chicago Booth and Tecnológico de Monterrey faculty members, as well as access to a dynamic network of mentors.
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