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Professor Leigh Thompson (left) teaches Negotiating in a Virtual World, a new course beginning in Spring 2019. Students will master the skills of successful negotiation and become proficient in virtual communication.

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Kellogg launches 12 new courses on evolving global business trends

New courses provide an immersive, analytical look into some of today’s most pressing global business issues.

1/22/2019 -

The Kellogg School of Management is introducing twelve new courses for the 2018-2019 academic year. With topics ranging from negotiations in a virtual world to early stage healthcare investing to effective philanthropy, the courses provide an immersive, analytical look into some of today’s most pressing global business issues.

“To address the ever-evolving professional development needs of our students, it is a top priority to continually innovate our MBA curriculum,” said Michael Mazzeo, Senior Associate Dean of Curriculum and Teaching. “We’ve incorporated a mix of experiential learning, diverse intellectual perspectives and emerging business topics in our latest course offerings.”

The new courses have been reviewed by Kellogg’s Curriculum Committee, which oversees the quality, coherence and relevance of the curriculum across degree programs. The committee, which includes seven faculty members representing each of Kellogg’s academic departments, puts proposed new classes through a rigorous review process to ensure that the learning objectives are well-articulated and of high intellectual quality.

The new course offerings include:



Asset Management Lab | Quarter offered: Year-Round
Philip Ordway, Adjunct Lecturer of Finance

The Asset Management Lab is an immersive environment where students gain real life exposure to investment management. Students in this course will be placed in a quarter-long internship with a local or national investment management firm. Participants will be exposed to the day-to-day working life of the firm, and will assist with their due diligence and investment efforts. Enrollment in the course is by application only.

Blockchain Technology, Digital Assets and the Future of Finance | Quarter offered: Spring 2019
Axel Wieandt, Adjunct Professor of Finance

Amidst the rise in valuation of Bitcoin, the underlying blockchain technology is coming into the limelight. This course takes a closer look into the nuts and bolts of digital assets and the business of blockchain technology. Over the course of five weeks, students will explore the potential of digital assets and blockchain technology and their effect on the banking and capital market services



Corporate Entrepreneurship: Organization Design for Disruption | Quarter offered: Winter 2019
Elizabeth Pontikes, Visiting Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Corporate entrepreneurship is critical in today’s modern economy. This course teaches elements of entrepreneurial design and how they can be sustained in established firms. Students will acquire the skills to develop architectures and processes that bring together people from different functional areas so that unexpected ideas can be cultivated.

Negotiating in a Virtual World | Quarter offered: Spring 2019
Leigh Thompson, J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations

In a technological era, many negotiations occur between people who never meet in person but instead via phone, video conference, text or email. During these “virtual” negotiations, novel social and communication challenges arise. Students in this course will master the skills of successful negotiation and become proficient in virtual communication.



Leadership Ethics and Empathy: A Literary Exploration | Quarter offered: Winter 2019
Brooke Vuckovic, Adjunct Professor of Leadership

In any leadership role, ethical and moral quandaries are bound to arise. This course prepares students with the skillset to facilitate engaging and empathetic dialog as leaders. Students will study a wide range of viewpoints and frameworks, building a better understanding of the complexity of those we interact with in our diverse and globalized world. 



The Right Stuff: Principles Behind Successful Careers | Quarter offered: Winter 2019 (EMBA)
Carter Cast, Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Offered to Executive MBA students, this course is designed to help ascending managers and emerging executives realize their career potential and reduce their likelihood of career derailments. Over this course, students will develop a strong understanding of their own strengths, weaknesses, skill gaps and motives. Students will leave this class equipped with corrective actions in place to address personal areas of vulnerability.



Complexities of Early Stage Health Care Investing and Entrepreneurship | Quarter offered: Winter 2019
Pete McNerney, Adjunct Professor of Finance
David Schonthal, Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This course educates students on the complexities surrounding healthcare investment and entrepreneurship. There are unique criteria for judging an investment or startup, such as market need, market characteristics, innovative products, successful business strategy and effective teamwork. The objective of this course is to study these criteria, along with healthcare-specific challenges, preparing students for early stage healthcare investing or entrepreneurship.

Effective Philanthropy | Quarter offered: Winter 2019
Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics and Finance

Students looking to pursue a leadership career in nonprofits or foundations will learn what it takes to be an effective philanthropist. The class begins with the study of specific programs, evolving into the theories behind giving. As a strong understanding of how philanthropy works is developed, students will then have the opportunity to asses a nonprofit and the impact it generates. With these skillsets, students will be prepared to assume leadership positions and help transform a nonprofit or foundation into an impactful organization.

Leading Voices | Quarter offered: Spring 2019
David Besanko, IBM Professor of Regulation & Competitive Practices
Janice Eberly, James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance; Faculty Director, Kellogg Public-Private Interface (KPPI)

Leading Voices is a half credit course that explores how public policy impacts the business world. This interactive course welcomes distinguished speakers and thought-provoking discussions led by faculty. By the end of this course, students will have developed the skills and mindset to form a strategy for a complex public policy challenge.

Organization of Nonprofit Initiatives | Quarter offered: Winter 2019
Mark McCareins, Clinical Professor of Business Law

This project-driven class introduces students to the inner workings and organization of nonprofit initiatives. Interactive lectures throughout the course will cover a diverse range of topics, from fundamental principles of nonprofit formation to organization and regulatory compliance. Students will leave this class with the skillset to either form or create efficiencies within a nonprofit.

Social Impact Analytics | Quarter offered: Spring 2019
Andrew Dillon, Clinical Associate Professor 

This course explores how an organization prioritizes social impact ideas, what works and why to make effective social investments through the analysis of case studies. Students will better understand not only what works and why, but also how impact is measured across different types of social investments. Students will leave this course equipped with the skills to understand and design tools of social impact analytics, including questionnaires, sampling, and data analysis techniques.



Real Estate Technology | Quarter offered: Spring 2019
Mark Oei, Visiting Professor and Advisory Board Member of the Kellogg Real Estate Program, and Denise Akason, Associate Director of Real Estate Program

Alumnus Mark Oei (’96) will be bringing more than 20 years of industry experience from San Francisco to teach on the Evanston campus. This course breaks down two sectors of real estate – the property and its financing – and will explore the unique ways in which technology is changing and interrupting real estate markets. Over the course of five weeks, students will analyze case studies and develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical interplay between real estate and technological innovation.