Course Announcements


Fall 2020 Course Announcements

Accounting

Accounting and the Blockchain
ACCT-GB.2170 (1.5 Credits)
Prof. Amal Shehata
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:55-6:10pm
Specializations: Accounting; FinTech

This course will cover the many dimensions of the accounting industry that will be impacted by the blockchain technology. We will begin with the history of the existing financial reporting framework, exploring why and how it is open to disruption and improvement from the blockchain. We will then spend subsequent class periods examining specific areas, including financial reporting, auditing, tax services, the regulatory framework (or lack thereof to date), fraud and more.

Analysis of Financial Institutions
ACCT-GB.3120 (1.5 Credits)
Prof. Dan Gode and Prof. Stephen Ryan
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Specializations: Accounting

This course analyzes financial statements of financial institutions from the perspective of investors, bankers, and consultants. It provides a framework to identify, understand, and analyze key performance metrics of banks and insurance companies.


Economics

Economics of Creativity and Innovation
ECON-GB.2362 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Petra Moser
Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Specializations: Economics; Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Part 2B)

In this course, we will examine why some people, industries, and countries are more innovative than others. Course topics will include, but are not limited to the effects of patents, copyrights, immigration, social inequality, and education. The focus will be on policies made at the federal, state, and local levels, and on the implications of these policies for creative individuals in business, the arts, as well as science and invention. Discussions will touch upon the goals of policies and the extent to which the intention, implementation, and ultimate effects of policies align with these intentions. Students will learn to independently evaluate evidence on the effectiveness of alternative policies. They will be able to identify environments and policies that encourage innovation and creativity. Class sessions are a mixture of lectures, a guest lecture, and student presentations of existing research. Assessment will be based on these presentations and on a final project.


Finance

Sustainable Capitalism: A Longer Term Finance Perspective
FINC-GB.2360 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Cristiano Zazzara
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Specializations: Finance; Sustainable Business

The goal of this course is to analyze the interplay of Sustainability and Finance and the related new risks and opportunities. In fact, the intersection of ESG and Financial issues generates new risks over longer risk horizons, which should be factored into company valuation frameworks from fundamental analysis. However, understanding, measuring, and pricing these new sources of risk, and also assessing the related opportunities, presents challenges due to the wide breadth of ESG-related issues coupled with data limitations.

Managing Climate, Cyber, Geopolitical and Financial Risk
FINC-GB.2375 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Richard Berner
Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:00-12:15pm
Specializations: Finance; FinTech

Businesses and governments now face a growing and immediate array of non-financial risks, including climate-related, cyber and operational, and geopolitical risks. This course will study these risks alongside financial risks. It will outline frameworks for measuring, assessing and analyzing them, and for actions needed to meet them. We will examine case studies of climate, cyber and geopolitical risks, including from current events. Finally, we will study whether and how the information in financial markets can both inform the assessment of these risks and potentially provide tools to transfer, insure against or hedge them.

Business, Economy, and Policy in the Midst of COVID-19
INTA-GB.2324 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Richard Berner & Prof. Viral Acharya
Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Specializations: Finance

This course will provide an interdisciplinary treatment of the business, economic, and policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Topics will include: detecting, testing, and tracing the pandemic; macroeconomic impact of containment; financial impact of containment; policy responses to the macroeconomic and financial fallout; global issues; and planning for the future.


Marketing

Marketing and Sustainability
MKTG-GB.2323 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Bryan Bollinge
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30-4:50pm
Specializations: Marketing; Sustainable Business & Innovation

This course aims to provide a broad range of tools and frameworks for understanding how businesses can interact with issues related to sustainability, taking a marketing perspective. In particular, we examine how traditional marketing strategies can be incorporated into and/or modified in domains in which sustainability is critical. By necessity, it is essential to not only account for the role of firms and customers, but of government, non-profit organizations, employees, and other stakeholders. This course will draw upon cases, guest speakers, academic and industry research, and recent articles and events. In addition, we will have two “live cases” presented by industry representatives. The final course deliverable will be a marketing plan focused on a firm strategy that can increase the sustainability of the firm’s actions while also creating stakeholder value.


Fall 2020 By-Permission Only Courses

Experiential Learning

CPRL Education Practicum
CONS-GB.3012 (12 credit opportunity)

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. This study-away experiential offering is structured with three components:  Seminar: Theoretical seminar in the design, governance, transformation and democratic accountability of public sector organizations. Skills Training: Professional skills training in the competencies required for success as managers and leaders of modern public- and social- sector organizations. Consulting Engagement: Students support education organizations in thinking through some of their challenging issues and provide actionable solutions. CPRL offers a limited number of CPRL Scholar Awards of up to $20,000 granted to exceptional students to apply to their NYU tuition in return for a commitment to spending time after graduation in a public or nonprofit job in the education sector. To apply, please visit CPRL’s website OR please email experiential@stern.nyu.edu. If you have any questions about the course or would like to be connected to current students or alumni, please send your request to experiential@stern.nyu.edu.

NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF)
Independent Study (3 credits, 1.5 per semester)
Prof. Scott Taitel
Year long, Wednesdays 11:00-12:20pm
To apply, visit MBA Experiential Learning

The NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) is a unique inter-disciplinary, experiential learning course which is offered in tandem with a student-led and operated Impact Investing Fund of the same name. Students participating in NIIF are expected to enroll in the NIIF course for the full academic year (fall and spring) and will receive 1.5 credits for each semester of participation. The class will be divided into five Deal Teams. The Deal Teams will have a sectoral focus (e.g., Financial Inclusion, Environment, Healthcare/Aging, Education and Food Systems) for sourcing prospective investment clients.

Board Fellows
Independent Study (3 credits, 1.5 credits per semester)
Prof. Nicole Sebastian
Year-long, Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, *Meeting time varies
To apply, visit MBA Experiential Learning

The NYU Stern Board Fellows Program provides MBA students with the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to be on the board of a non-profit. Students work New York City-based nonprofit organizations to complete a strategic governance project for the board while attending their board meetings and working with board/organizational liaisons. With the assistance of the Office of Student Engagement’s Experiential Learning Programs team, as well as a program advisor who is an expert in board service and governance, Fellows will be matched with one of our partner boards in teams of three. Our selection and matching process reflects each student’s strengths, as well as each organization’s needs. Facilitated peer-learning sessions will ensure that Fellows are also able to hear about other students’ unique board experiences.

Stern Signature Projects 
INTA-GB.XXXX (1.5-3.0 credits)
Faculty: TBD
Day/Time: TBD
To apply, visit MBA Experiential Learning

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


Finance

Managing Investment Funds
FINC-GB.3320 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Anthony Marciano
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:20pm
To apply, visit nyumpsif.com

The Michael Price Student Investment Fund (MPSIF) is a family of funds managed directly by NYU Stern MBA students. The fund was established in 1999 through a generous gift from Michael Price, managing partner, MFP Investors, LLC and former chairman of Franklin Mutual Series funds. MPSIF provides students with hands-on experience managing a real fund with significant assets. The fund is divided into three equity funds - Growth, Value and Fixed Income. While each fund has its own performance benchmark, MPSIF's primary goal is to deliver positive returns that exceed the rate of inflation. At the end of February 2019, MPSIF had assets under management of $2.11 million, excluding more than $1.08 million in mandated distributions since its inception. Since March 2000, MPSIF has earned a cumulative return (after trading costs) of 74.3%, or 5.2% per annum. About 40 students enroll each year and are responsible for screening and evaluating stocks, preparing and presenting pitches for buy and sell recommendations and strategizing on broader portfolio allocation and risk management decisions. Students also write a newsletter and prepare annual and semi-annual reports to the MPSIF Board of Advisors. Students gain invaluable experience in investment management, which provides a competitive advantage when interviewing for summer internships or full-time employment after graduation. Managing the diverse tasks in MPSIF relies on teamwork and the course requires students to draw on their knowledge of finance, macroeconomics, accounting, competitive analysis, strategy and marketing.


Management/Experiential Learning

Endless Frontiers
MGMT-GB.3339 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Deepak Hedge
Thursdays, 8:00-10:50am
To apply, see here

Students will learn about the process of successfully taking new ventures to markets, including aspects related to development, management, and financing of ventures. The course will be centered on student observations of the interactions of startup founders & their potential investors. After familiarizing themselves w/ the startups' ideas, students will apply basic analytical tools, drawn from mgmt, econ, and finance to evaluate the size of markets, attractiveness of industries, financing options of early-stage ventures, sustainable competitive advantage of proposed strategies, & the risks and potential of ideas. Along w/ the experiential component, the course will introduce students to a framework for developing an entrepreneurial strategy. Due to the course’s special circumstances, which involve working with new companies seeking capital: 1) students sign a non-disclosure agreement, 2) penalty is imposed for missed classes, 3) interested students must apply to the course to be considered. The course will run over the Fall and Spring with students working in teams.


Operations Management

OPS in Entertainment: Las Vegas
OPMG-GB.2313 (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 & excitement are industries dedicated to supplying entertainment to customers. Operations address the supply side of business, including how products are produced, how services are supplied. This course goes behind the scenes to observe & analyze the operations involved. This course presents an opportunity to observe and study the entertainment industry including strategy formation & decision-making. The entertainment comes in various forms. The underlying driver is gaming, but the industries surrounding the various forms of gambling have also become major profit centers. During a 1-week visit to Las Vegas, students will observe and study some of the major industries that comprise the broad scope of entertainment in this city. Although Operations Management models, techniques and strategies in this field are applicable anywhere; Las Vegas is the epicenter of the industry.


Spring 2021 Course Announcements

Business & Society

Sustainable Business Innovation in Costa Rica
BSPA-GB.2109 (1.5 Credits)
Prof. Tensie Whelan
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm and Sundays, 9:00-4:00pm
Specializations: Sustainable Business & Innovation

This course is designed to foster a better understanding of corporate sustainability with a particular focus on Costa Rica, a country with a history of exceptional social and environmental leadership. During the course, we will review the latest trends in corporate sustainability, learn about Costa Rica and its unique role in sustainable development, and undertake a deep dive into the sustainability of two important sources of income for Costa Rica, coffee and tourism. We will have several guest speakers including experts in Costa Rica. Students will work together during the week to research and create a briefing book on 10 different topics in sustainable development in Costa Rica.

Analysis of Financial Institutions
ACCT-GB.3120 (1.5 Credits)
Prof. Dan Gode and Prof. Stephen Ryan
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Specializations: Accounting

This course analyzes financial statements of financial institutions from the perspective of investors, bankers, and consultants. It provides a framework to identify, understand, and analyze key performance metrics of banks and insurance companies.


Spring 2021 By-Permission Only Courses

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning Winter Intensive Offerings:
Tech Solutions
INTA-GB.3323
Prof. Andy Breen
Winter Intensive; Day/Time: TBD

This course will introduce students to the “problem solving sprint” by working on a real world strategic problem for a technology company.  Based on the “Google Design Sprint” approach, the class will break the problem down and iterate to come up with possible approaches and look toward how they might be tested before being taken. This course is designed for students who wish to learn new approaches for complex problem solving within firms on consequential decisions.  The approach will build on existing problem solving techniques but frame it within a proven process used by many technology and, more recently, traditional firms.  Students do not need deep technical skills for this class but comfort and familiarity with online collaboration and creative tools will help them be more successful with their team and in this class.

Consulting Practice - two sections
MGMT-GB.3306.30 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Sonia Marciano & Prof. Shellwyn Weston
Mondays, 6:00-9:00pm
To apply, visit Office of Student Engagement

The NYU Stern Board Fellows Program provides MBA students with the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to be on the board of a non-profit. Students work New York City-based nonprofit organizations to complete a strategic governance project for the board while attending their board meetings and working with board/organizational liaisons. With the assistance of the Office of Student Engagement’s Experiential Learning Programs team, as well as a program advisor who is an expert in board service and governance, Fellows will be matched with one of our partner boards in teams of three. Our selection and matching process reflects each student’s strengths, as well as each organization’s needs. Facilitated peer-learning sessions will ensure that Fellows are also able to hear about other students’ unique board experiences.

MGMT-GB.3306.31 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Laura Fox & Prof. Monica Stallings
Mondays, 6:00-9:00pm
To apply, visit Office of Student Engagement

In the business world, consultants help analyze and solve organizations’ most challenging problems. Consultants tackle these challenges by applying a structured approach to their analyses; this in turn allows for successful problem-solving across industries. Through the Stern Consulting Corps (SCC), students learn these skills in a hands-on, for-credit course with blue chip brands as the project partners. In SCC, teams of MBA students create lasting, business- driven impact with our partners by crafting actionable business plans and targeting opportunities for growth.

Stern Signature Projects
INTA-GB.XXXX
Faculty: TBD
Day/Time: TBD
To apply, visit Office of Student Engagement

NYU’s research continually drives innovation for the global challenges of tomorrow. Stern Signature Projects (SSPs) pair student teams with research centers to address some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Structured as semester-long academic independent studies, these opportunities allow students to customize their MBA experience by driving thought leadership across an array of global and interdisciplinary questions. Each semester’s unique projects take place domestically and globally.

CPRL Education Practicum
Faculty: TBD
Day/Time: TBD
Please email experiential@stern.nyu.edu if you are interested in applying

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 practicum and seminar in the theory and methods of managing, governing, and transforming public- and social-sector organizations in K-12 education. *This course takes place at Columbia University*

FinTech Experiential Learning
INTA-GB.2313.20 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Kathleen Derose & Prof. Hanna Halaburda
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:20pm
To apply, visit Office of Student Engagement

This inter-departmental course provides hands-on experience in the emerging Fintech discipline. It is intended to immerse students in a semester-long project evaluating fintech innovation projects at a major global bank. The projects will enable the partner bank to develop a deep understanding of the financial services customer of the future, and the products and services the financial institution will need to deliver. Fintech refers to financial sector innovations involving technology-enabled business models that can facilitate disintermediation, revolutionize how existing firms create and deliver products and services, address privacy, and regulatory challenges, provide new gateways for entrepreneurship, and see opportunities for inclusive growth.

Sustainability for Competitive Advantage
BSPA-GB.2305
Prof. Tensie Whelan
Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:50pm

This course is designed to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills, and perspective they need to understand and address environmental and social challenges in business, so that as leaders they reduce risk, create competitive advantage, and develop innovative services, products, and processes, all while building value for society and protecting the planet. Students will become familiar with the key environmental and social issues affecting business today, understand the evolution of corporate response—from compliance to engagement to innovation and develop some of the skills required for leading in this new social and political environment (e.g. multi- stakeholder management).

Communication for Consultants
MCOM-GB.3311 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Brian Hanssen
Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm

Clients expect the consultant to listen well to their perceived needs, engage collaboratively with their staff and ultimately communicate their insights in a manner that leads to some form of change. In this experiential learning offering, students will take on client engagements. Each project will be based in NYC and have an impact on the City. The assignments will require participation from the initial client meeting, through data collection and finally presenting to the client. While the course experience will entail considerable field work, students will be supported by class work that focuses on the communication tools in a typical consulting contract.

Consulting Lab: Branding + Innovation
MKTG-GB.2368 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Fran Gromley
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm

Consulting Lab: Branding and Innovation is an experiential course designed for MBA students seeking real world brand consulting experience. Students work in teams to solve critical global branding challenges facing partner organizations. Students will learn global branding frameworks and concepts as well as valuable consulting skills, including managing complex projects, enhancing team dynamics, building client relationships, and optimizing presentation skills. Each team (5-6 students) presents their own unique and innovative marketing strategy for the same client.


Finance

Managing Investment Funds
FINC-GB.3320 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Anthony Marciano
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00-12:20pm
To apply, visit nyumpsif.com

The Michael Price Student Investment Fund (MPSIF) is a family of funds managed directly by NYU Stern MBA students. The fund was established in 1999 through a generous gift from Michael Price, managing partner, MFP Investors, LLC and former chairman of Franklin Mutual Series funds. MPSIF provides students with hands-on experience managing a real fund with significant assets. The fund is divided into three equity funds (including an ESG fund) - Growth, Value and Fixed Income. While each fund has its own performance benchmark, MPSIF's primary goal is to deliver positive returns that exceed the rate of inflation. As of Feb. 2019, MPSIF had assets under management of $2.11 million, excluding more than $1.08 million in mandated distributions since its inception. Since March 2000, MPSIF has earned a cumulative return (after trading costs) of 74.3%, or 5.2% per annum. About 40 students enroll each year and are responsible for screening and evaluating stocks, preparing and presenting pitches for buy and sell recommendations and strategizing on broader portfolio allocation and risk management decisions. Students also write a newsletter and prepare annual and semi-annual reports to the MPSIF Board of Advisors. Students gain invaluable experience in investment management, which provides a competitive advantage when interviewing for summer internships or full-time employment after graduation. Managing the diverse tasks in MPSIF relies on teamwork and the course requires students to draw on their knowledge of finance, macroeconomics, accounting, competitive analysis, strategy and marketing.


Marketing

Commerce & Craft of Cinema: Cannes Film Festival
MKTG-GB.2313 (3.0 Credits)
Prof. Alvin Lieberman
Trip and Pre-/Post-trip meetings (see syllabus)
See syllabus for application

This is a specialized EMT course designed to provide students with a framework for understanding the dynamics of the film industry including the complete process from crafting the idea for a film script, hiring or becoming a producer, financing the project, selling it to a studio or independent production company, building a team, production elements, post production including music acquisition, marketing, distribution and exhibition, international, and domestic. The course includes learning about distribution and exhibition, marketing and building audience awareness, research applications, international licensing, and preparation for career in the industry. It is offered during spring break and involves a trip to the west coast. In addition to tuition, students have to pay travel and living expenses.