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Fall 2017 Course Announcements


The Business of Platforms, Networks, and Two-sided Markets - New Title
ECON-GB.2345.10 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Nicholas Economides
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm

We will analyze the business of platforms, such as Uber, Airbnb, and credit cards, that bring together two sides of a market (drivers and users; apartments and users; merchants and consumers). In platforms, there are positive feedback effects. The more users use Uber, the more drivers it attracts, and vice versa. Feedback effects result in high market concentration and high profits. Often, smaller platforms are marginalized or exit the market. We will study the factors and strategies that lead to success in platforms and apply them to Uber, Airbnb, credit cards, ebooks, cell phones, computer operating systems, and other industries.

Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

High-Tech Start-ups & Products: A Technical Perspective
INFO-GB.2331.10 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Thanos Papadimitriou and Prof. Guthrie Collin
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm
Specializations: Management of Technology

High-Tech software has become the ultimate value-adding force driving much of the modern economy. Identifying a genuine market need, building a product to address that need, and finding a business model to tie it all together profitably can’t be automated. While there’s no process that guarantees success, savvy entrepreneurs employ market-tested best practices to maximize their chances. This course will equip the students with two toolsets: (1) Techniques for evaluating market demand on the cheap, patterns for maximizing value capture, models for creating growth from network effects, and protocols for the early identification of symptoms of failure. (2) Methods and processes for hiring, inspiring and guiding an engineering team to launch and evolve their software product that will enable entrepreneurs to grow their business. Together, these frameworks prepare the students to recognize business opportunities uniquely enabled with software products and successfully launch those products.

Risk Management in Information Technology - New Title
INFO-GB.3351.10 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Bernard Donefer
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm
Specializations: Business Analytics; Financial Systems & Analytics; Supply Chain Management & Global Sourcing

This course will address the issues faced by management responsible for ensuring the firm’s infrastructure. It will address topics in operational risk, project management, cybersecurity, privacy, disaster recovery and protecting intellectual property. Cases will be sourced from current news and real life illustrations from guest lecturers. It will stress compliance with accepted best practices and regulatory requirements.

Decision Analytics for Sports
OPMG-GB.2354.10 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Lou Riccio
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm
Specializations: Business Analytics; Entertainment, Media & Technology

In recent decades, more and more sports organizations have reached out to the application of advanced management methods, in particular statistical, data analysis and operations research/management science techniques. This course is an examination of the most advanced applications of those techniques. The structure of the course is to examine the use of them to four main areas of interest: player performance measurement, in-game decision-making, player selection/team building, and general administration such as marketing, pricing, contracts, stadium management etc. Emphasis will be placed on not only how the application of Analytics has improved each of these situations, but how those decisions relate to business decisions in any other field of commerce. Each class will examine one or more of these topics in one or more sport. Several classes will have guest speakers with practical experience in the field of Sports Analytics.

Management & Operations

Lean Launchpad: How to Build a Scalable Startup
MGMT-GB.3338.01 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Frank Rimalovski
Thursdays, 1:30-4:20pm
Specializations: Management

This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a high-tech new venture. Our goal, within the constraints of a classroom and a limited amount of time, is to create an entrepreneurial experience for students with all the pressures and demands of the real world in an early stage startup. Students will be getting their hands dirty talking to customers, partners and competitors, as they encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works. You will be expected to conduct at least 100 customer/partner interviews during the class (~10 per week). Each week will be a new adventure outside the classroom as you test each part of your business model and then share the hard earned knowledge with the other teams and instructors. You’ll work in teams learning how to turn a great idea or invention into a great business. You’ll learn how to use a business model to brainstorm each part of a company and customer development to get out of the classroom to see whether anyone other than you would want/use your product or service. Finally, based on the feedback gathered, you will use agile development to rapidly iterate your product to build something your customers would use and buy.

Fall 2017 By-Permission Only Courses


Managing Investment Funds
FINC-GB.3320.01 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Anthony Marciano
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:20pm
For application, visit

Managing Investment Funds is a capstone course that requires students to draw on their knowledge of finance as well as macroeconomics, accounting, competitive analysis, strategy, marketing and other fields to manage a $1.5 million endowment fund held by New York University. In addition to honing their analytical skills, by organizing all activities related to institutional asset management, students gain experience in financial writing and oral presentations, advancing financial decisions in a group setting, and handling all of the governance and fiduciary responsibilities of a university endowment fund. The central mission of this course is for students to learn through having practical, hands on investment management experience. Because of the time requirements in formulating an investment strategy, screening and reviewing prospective stocks, updating the status and performance of existing positions, and all of the ancillary duties connected with the operation of a real, live portfolio, the experiential or hands-on component consumes the bulk of class time. However, a related mission is for students to acquire knowledge about institutional funds management and current industry practices and trends. This more traditional learning experience comes through readings and presentations from industry professionals. The endowment funds under management operate as the Michael Price Student Investment Fund (MPSIF). The Fund began in early 2000 thanks to a generous gift from Michael F. Price.

Experiential Learning

CPRL Education Consortium
Prof. James Liebman (Columbia University)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:20pm
To apply, see Office of Student Engagement

Through the CPRL Education Practicum, Stern MBA students have the opportunity to work with a consortium of business, policy, education, and law students from top tier upper-level graduate programs. This is an intensive, full-semester seminar and practicum in the theory and methods of managing, governing, and transforming public- and social-sector organizations in P-12 education. Hosted at Columbia, this experiential learning offering is structured with three components: A Seminar in the design, governance, transformation and democratic accountability of public sector organizations; Professional Skills Training in the competencies required for success as managers and leaders of modern public- and social- sector organizations; and a high-priority, professionally guided Consulting Project where students support education organizations in thinking through challenging issues and provide actionable solutions. James S. Liebman, Columbia Law professor and former senior official at the New York City Department of Education leads the course and conducts its academic seminar. More information can be found at:

Stern Signature Projects
Faculty: TBD
Date/Time: TBD
To apply, see Office of Student Engagement

Stern Signature Projects (SSP) is an experiential platform that provides unique applied learning opportunities which align Stern MBAs with leading faculty and research centers with the NYU network to tackle complex questions and leverage system-level thinking to help solve some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Anyone can read business concepts in a textbook, but through SSP our students have the chance to tackle those issues in real time.

Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

OPS in ENT: Las Vegas
OPMG-GB.2313.0A (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Harry Chernoff
Trip and Pre-/Post-trip meetings (see syllabus)
See syllabus for application

When we think of entertainment, perhaps the most popular location that comes to mind is Las Vegas. Behind the glitter and excitement in Las Vegas are industries dedicated to supplying entertainment to customers. Operations addresses the supply side of business, including how products are produced and how services are supplied. This course goes behind the scenes in Las Vegas to observe and analyze the operations involved in performing this supply function. It presents an opportunity to observe and study the entertainment industry including strategy formation and decision-making that are quite unique. The underlying driver is certainly gaming, but the industries surrounding the various forms of gambling have become major profit centers separate from the millions made on the casino floors. During a one-week visit to Las Vegas, students will observe and study some of the major operating industries that comprise the broad scope of entertainment in this city.