December 18, 2019

Stanford: New Faculty and Electives Introduced for the 2019–2020 Academic Year

Our new Wednesday series will be looking at new faculty and course offerings for the 2019-2020 school year at some of the top business schools. This week we’re focusing on Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Stanford notes on their website that this year’s faculty and elective choices seek to “enhance and broaden the student experience.” Arguably the most striking addition is that of H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, whose class “Building Strategic Competence: Observations from Battlegrounds Overseas and in Washington, D.C.” is sure to be interesting.

Also exciting is the launch of Stanford’s Action Learning Program. The courses, including “The Founder’s Right Hand: From Inspiration to Launch” and “The Corporate Entrepreneur: Startup in a Grown-up Enterprise” are project-based and pair students with companies and entrepreneurs to solve real-world problems.

There are new tech classes, such as “The Impact of AI on Productivity and Personal Performance,” which will take a deep dive into AI’s disruption past, present, and future, as well as “The Future of Cities,” which looks at issues of how tech and innovation in combination with good governance can effectively tackle social problems. And as Stanford prepares to host their second annual Climate, Business & Innovation Summit in February 2020, they have added a new course “The Policy, Politics, and Economics for Solving Global Warming.” In it, students will look at public policy, politics, and finance in real-life cases of companies including Nest and Tesla.

It sounds like an exciting year for the Stanford Graduate School of Business!