Teaching

Since 1999, I have taught business strategy to MBAs, executives, and undergrads. I believe in student centered learning based on the socratic case method. From 2003 to 2008 at Duke and then from 2009 to 2014 at Darden, I served as the core strategy course coordinator in the MBA program. This course develops students’ ability to evaluate, design, and execute a firm’s strategy by analyzing the competitive and organizational factors essential to sustained success. The objective of the course is to develop students' strategic thinking skills by learning the concepts, models, and tools of strategic analysis, as well as how to apply those tools to actual competitive situations. Taking an action-based orientation, the course reinforces and revitalizes an enterprise management perspective.

In 2012, I began offering an online version of this course as "Foundations of Business Strategy", first on the Udemy platform and then on the Coursera platform. As of June 2016, over 500,000 students from 200 countries have enrolled in the course. In Fall 2015, Jared Harris and I expanded this course into a four course Business Strategy specialization on Coursera. The core of these courses is a series of video lectures that are also used as supplemental technical notes in the core MBA course at Darden. While one cannot replicate the Darden case method in a massively open online course, I have tried to foster case discussion using the discusson boards on the online platform. In both my residential course at Darden and my online course, I use the Strategist's Toolkit as the backbone of the course. Jared Harris and I compiled the Strategist's Toolkit as a concise reference book for those interested in conducting a strategic analysis. Each chapter features a common tool in analyzing strategy which when combined together allows for a comprehensive consideration of the values, opportunities, and capabilities of an organization.

Please see below for some of my teaching resources.