New Year, New Electives

Ten exciting elective courses showcase the breadth and depth of the Tuck curriculum.

Tuck’s faculty of scholar-teachers is constantly engaging and blending the worlds of academia and business.

This is evident in their research, which is acclaimed for its rigor and relevance. But it might be even more visible in the classroom, where they guide students through theory and practice and challenge them to envision themselves as decisive business leaders operating at the highest levels of organizations.

For the 2019–2020 school year, Tuck faculty are offering 10 new elective courses on everything from gender equity in management to health care analytics. As an addition to the first-year core curriculum and the classic electives that are continually updated, these new courses give Tuck students even more opportunities to understand the world—and make it better through business.  

Digital and Social Media Strategy

Professor Lauren Grewal

Digital platforms are remaking how business is done in many sectors. In this course, digital marketing expert Lauren Grewal helps students understand how to unlock the value in digital and social platforms across a variety of business contexts, and for a variety of purposes.

Ecosystem Strategy

Professor Ron Adner

Over the past 20 years, the term “ecosystem” has become pervasive in discussions of strategy, both scholarly and applied. Its rise has mirrored an increasing interest and concern with interdependence across organizations and activities. In this course, students will develop a ‘Wide Lens’ perspective on the challenges of innovation, with a particular focus on the context of innovation ecosystems. 

Five Memos for the Modern Leader

Professors Sydney Finkelstein and Giovanni Gavetti

Leaders get memos from their lieutenants. In this unique course, the students are the leaders and the professors are the lieutenants, offering their insights from research and practice. The memos cover purpose, expertise, integrity, persuasion and creativity.

Reconceiving Representation: Gender Equity in Management and Society

Professor Ella Bell Smith

According to CNBC, in 2018 there were only 24 women CEOs leading Fortune 500 companies. In 2019, the number grew to 33. This course works to deeply explore ways men and women can advance in the workplace and how the roles of both men and women must evolve in order to do so.

Empirical Evidence in Finance

Professor Ken French

In this course, legendary finance professor and thinker Ken French shows students how to use relevant data for intelligent analysis. By studying the research papers that have improved our understanding of financial markets and corporate behavior, students in this course will learn methods of data analysis and statistical inference, and learn some finance along the way.

Health Care Analytics and Society

Professor Lindsey Leininger

This full-term course will explore the innovative potential and continuing controversies associated with the rise of Big Data and advanced analytics applications across the health care ecosystem. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and apply the key frameworks critical for wise, data-driven leadership in health care.

Leadership Development: Skills-Awareness, Skills, and Strategy

Professor Pino Audia

Self-knowledge is critical to leadership effectiveness because it allows one to capitalize on their strengths and work on the areas that need improvement. This course is dedicated to learning how to use knowledge of oneself gleaned through a 360-degree feedback tool and the Inventory of Leadership Styles.

Cases in Financial Reporting

Professors Leslie Robinson and Joseph Gerakos

In this course, students will study the external financial reporting process and the general manager’s responsibilities in it. In particular, the course will focus on how financial accounting systems are designed to capture the underlying economics of an organization’s business strategy and operations.

Health Economics

Professor Robert Hansen

This mini-course will focus on the pricing of health care services and products, with the main objective of helping students understand the special nature of pricing in health care markets to enable better decision-making.

Venture Capital and Private Equity Basics

Professor Gordon M. Phillips, faculty director of the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Designed for students who want a broad exposure to the venture capital and private equity industry, as well as students entering consulting or management, this introductory-level course will study the VC/PE industry participants and explore their various perspectives, strategies, objectives and challenges.