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Stanford Graduate School of Business Launches New Action Learning Program to Bring Experiential Learning to Forefront of Curriculum

October 30, 2019

STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 30, 2019--

In its continued commitment to deliver advanced and innovative teaching methodologies, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) today announced the addition of the Action Learning Program to the school’s curriculum.

The Action Learning Program, led by Faculty Director Yossi Feinberg, Adams Distinguished Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, is a set of immersive courses that provides hands-on learning experiences to students in the Stanford MBA Program and Stanford MSx Program. During the 10-week-long courses, students will be divided into small groups and assigned projects that require them to solve real business challenges faced by external organizations.

Designed and taught by Stanford GSB’s world-renowned faculty, courses in the Action Learning Program will address topical issues facing today’s business leaders. Students will learn the research-validated foundations, tools and practices needed for projects in the classroom and then, with the support of faculty, put their learnings into practice at private-sector companies.

“Over time we’ve found that students learn best by doing,” said Brian Lowery, Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior and senior associate dean responsible for the Teaching and Learning unit, which provides support for course development and experiential learning, including the Action Learning Program. “With the Action Learning Program, students will gain on-the-ground experience at organizations with the guidance of faculty. The evolution of this program will be an iterative process, with both students and faculty working together to make this a valuable, impactful experience.”

The Action Learning Program adds to Stanford GSB’s already extensive list of experiential learning offerings. The program is one of the outcomes of the long-range planning initiative that Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford GSB, led to address the changing business landscape, evolving needs of business leaders, and the future of management education.

The program will kick off with three courses for the 2019-2020 academic year; additional courses may be added in future years. The first class, taught by Stefanos Zenios, Investment Group of Santa Barbara Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Operations, Information & Technology, is set to begin in January 2020 with the start of the winter quarter. The other two courses, taught by Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor, and Baba Shiv, Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing, will be offered during spring quarter, beginning April 2020.

The projects in each Action Learning Program course will be diverse.

About Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is developing the next generation of principled global leaders. Since 1925, Stanford GSB has been delivering rigorous and experiential management education combined with personal development and leadership that has the power to change both careers and lives. Stanford GSB’s faculty are empowered to design and discover original research that pushes the boundaries of knowledge. The school’s programs include the two-year MBA program; one-year Master of Science program for experienced leaders (MSx); PhD program; Executive Education; Stanford LEAD, an online certificate program; and Stanford Seed, a Stanford GSB-led initiative that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

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CONTACT: Kristin Harlan

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