You'll have the chance to explore activities outside the classroom in numerous ways that will also allow you to build new skills, relationships, and networks. These include:
- Booth Consulting Club - The mission of the Booth Consulting Club (BCC) is to provide experienced working professionals with frequent and meaningful opportunities to enhance their learning and career potential in the consulting industry. While the BCC is open to all members of the Booth community, including students and alumni of the Full-Time and Executive MBA programs, it primarily serves the needs of Evening and Weekend MBA students. With this in mind, the BCC provides a forum for its members to share experiences and exchange information, and provides opportunities for industry leaders, faculty, Booth alumni, and firms to present information about the industry.
- Booth Leadership Group - The Booth Leadership Group provides opportunities for members to hone their soft-skills and learn managerial effectiveness via interactive workshops, presentations from industry leaders, panels with faculty, alumni, and networking with fellow students.
- Corporate Strategy and Management Group - The CSMG provides a forum for students who have an interest in corporate strategy and general management.
You’ll have the option of taking courses that address your individual career choices. Samples include:
- Competitive Strategy - This course applies tools from microeconomics and industrial organization to competitive decision-making. First, you will learn to understand industry economics and the individual position of a particular firm, taking the industry economics as given. Next, you will study issues related to both the vertical and horizontal scopes of firms. Then, you'll be introduced to basic game theory, which is used to analyze issues such as bargaining power, price competition, entry and exit decisions, standard setting, and technological competition.
- The Strategy Symposium - A group of about 30 students meet faculty, visiting business executives, and others to explore approaches, ideas, and questions about strategy in greater depth. The goals are to develop a better understanding of the methods and techniques of strategic thinking and to explore the design, implementation, and evaluation of strategy. The development of tools and concepts for evaluating strategies both before and after the outcome is known and to seek insights that will improve the process of designing strategy are important.
- Strategic Investment Decisions - This course integrates advanced analytical techniques with intuitive economic (strategic) analysis, with an eye on how organizations really make decisions. You will learn to develop and apply a variety of tools to achieve greater understanding and sophistication in all aspects of the processes by which companies make strategic investment decisions. The main goal will be for students to learn to use option pricing, dynamic programming, decision trees, simulation techniques, scenario analysis, and game theory to value investment opportunities. The focus will be to both incorporate the value from flexibility, delay, strategic responses, and learning into the analysis and to develop the tools to model and evaluate the full range of environmental and strategic uncertainty that companies face. We will also study the organizational processes required for effective strategic investment decisions and resource allocation. Among the issues we will discuss are decentralization/centralization, incentives, measurement, and communication processes.
- Taking Charge - Taught by former c-level executives, this course focuses on the practical, current, key issues with which general managers often deal when they take over a new assignment. These include: joining a company from the outside to take charge of a subsidiary in need of change; implementing your game plan and choosing your management style; the importance of self-awareness and communications in managing others effectively; making decisions and setting priorities in a turnaround situation; and transitioning a very successful startup into a large corporation - without losing its distinctive culture.
- Technology Strategy - This course focuses on strategic decision-making in technology-intensive industries. You will learn about a set of conceptual models that help determine which technologies to invest in, when to make the investments, how to capture value from the technology investment, and how to anticipate and respond to competitors and customers. Particular emphasis will be placed on building models for making strategic decisions in the context of significant technology, demand, and competitive uncertainty.
You’ll study with professors who conduct groundbreaking research, consult with businesses, and bring their experiences examining the practical realities behind organizational decision-making into the classroom.
- Ronald S. Burt, studies the social structure of competitive advantage in careers, organizations, and markets. Burt is the author of six books, two software programs, and numerous articles and chapters in academic works.
- Harry L. Davis, studies leadership, strategy, creativity, and innovation. He developed the first core leadership program of any top-rated MBA program in the country and also pioneered the Management Lab.
- Robert H. Gertner, focuses his research primarily on industrial organization, resource allocation, and decision-making in organizations, corporate investment, law and economics, and strategic pricing.
- Marc Knez, has evolved his research from a focus on applying game and decision theory to strategic decision-making, to a focus on market analysis, strategy development, and organizational structure. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Business, and the Journal of Labor Economics.
- James E. Schrager, completed the first IPO of a US private company in Japan, and has turned around several businesses, including a company with $500 million in sales and operations in 20 countries.
- Ram Shivakumar, specializes in industrial organization, financial economics, and corporate strategy. Shivakumar works with entrepreneurs and corporations, in the US and India, on issues related to business strategy and planning. He also provides expert advice in legal disputes on matters pertaining to securities fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property rights infringement.