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Professor of Strategy
Michael J. Mazzeo is a Professor of Strategy and a Faculty Associate at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research. He serves on the editorial board of the Review of Industrial Organization. He joined Kellogg in 1998 after completing his PhD in economics at Stanford University.
Mazzeo's research focuses on empirical industrial organization, in particular developing new statistical methodologies for examining the relationship between product differentiation strategies and market competition. He has published papers based on research in the airline, banking, health care, lodging, retail and telecommunications industries. He is also a co-author of the book: "Roadside MBA: Backroad Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners."
Mazzeo teaches Strategy courses in Kellogg's MBA and EMBA programs. He is a three-time recipient of the Chairs' Core Course Teaching Award and won the Best Elective award for EMBA in 2020. Mazzeo is currently the Faculty Director for Kellogg’s Evening & Weekend and MSMS programs and served as Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching from 2017 through 2020.
This course is about effectively scaling a business. Because growth is an imperative for many organizations, it is crucial to understand the strategic fundamentals underpinning profitable growth. Therefore, the course connects frameworks from economics and strategy to the experiences of firms attempting growth initiatives to illustrate why some businesses can scale successfully while others struggle.
The cases and examples in this course will focus on "middle-market" companies - organizations that are beyond the initial startup stage and are explicitly looking to expand their business. The case materials include first-person accounts of the challenges of growth for these companies, as collected in interviews conducted during the research stage of the professor's "Roadside MBA." The cases will be supplemented with discussions of strategy frameworks that can be used to extrapolate from experiences of these specific firms to general insights about growth and scaling.