Course Announcements


Fall 2022 Course Announcements

Finance

Activist Investing (1.5 Credits)
FINC-GB 3146
Prof. Jonathan Litt
Tuesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm (1st Half)
Specializations: Finance

This course will explore the world of activist investing. The first half will explore significant historical cases and the second half will have you working on live campaigns, each of which contains a unique set of circumstances and lessons to be learned. We will look through the lens of the investors in each campaign, identifying the opportunity that they saw and how they went about enacting change. Throughout the term, we will focus on the key aspects of activist investing including: identifying different reasons for underperformance, the most common requests of activist investors, and the tactics used to achieve their goals

Global Value Investing (3.0 credits)
FINC-GB 2382 
Prof. James Rosenwald and Prof. David Sherman
Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Specializations: Finance, Financial Instruments & Markets, Quantitative Finance, Global Business

This course is designed to offer a thorough understanding of Value Investing principles and techniques from the perspective of professional practitioners. The course aims to prepare students to understand, evaluate, and invest using a Global Value Investment Philosophy in all asset classes (i.e. Securities, Real Estate, and Hard Assets). Students will be exposed to Value Investment Valuation methods, strategies, and techniques. The course will feature a combination of lectures by the professor and guest speakers who are experts in different facets of the Value Investing paradigm. An important part of the course is a term project for each student to prepare an investment analysis and oral presentation (or pitch) to a panel of investment professionals. The top investment ideas from the class will be purchased in a real money endowment fund held by Stern. Once investments are ongoing, the class will also be responsible for evaluating past performance and updating past buy decisions to determine whether these holdings continue to meet Value Investing principles and should remain as a holding in the Fund.

Real Estate Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning (3.0 credits)
FINC-GB 2328 
Prof. Sam Chandan
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Specializations: Finance, Real Estate, Quantitative Finance, Business Analytics

Exponential growth in the availability of high quality real estate and real estate-related data is fueling a major shift in development, investment, and lending decision-making processes. In this highly applied course, students will be introduced to major data analysis and machine learning platforms; a wide range of public and private real estate and urban data sources; approaches to exploratory data analysis, real estate data visualization, and communication of findings; applied statistical modeling, including forecast modeling; and, emerging and prospective real estate applications for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Assessment will include case work focusing on real-world real estate decisions and coding assignments. While the data and applications for this course are principally in the real estate sector, the applied skills learned may be of interest for students across a wide range of industries.


Management

Becoming You: Crafting Your Authentic Career (1.5 Credits)
MGMT-GB 2107
Prof. Suzy Welch
[Section 01] Tuesdays, 9:00am-11:50am (first half)
[Section 10] Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm (first half)
Specializations: Management

The objective of this class is to guide students through the complex, exhilarating, and sometimes surprising journey of discovering the right career for them, one rich with opportunity, meaning, and impact. “Becoming You” grows out of the premise that the happiest, most fulfilling lives are those lived in your “Area of Destiny,” the intersection of your best and most unique skills, your deepest and most authentic values, and the economy’s most rewarding spaces. On many levels, the Area of Destiny construct is intuitive – of course you should be doing what you’re good at, what you love, and what the world needs. But what’s less intuitive is how often smart, ambitious, and often enlightened people end up with lives and careers that are less deliberate and joyful, and more accidental and stressful, than they’d ever wanted. With readings from memoirs that are as illuminating as they are brutally honest (Tina Fey, Steve Wozniak, and Phil Knight), spell-binding documentaries about trailblazers such as Dr. Dre and Iris Apfel (to name a few), as well as classical works about identity by great philosophers and social scientists, “Becoming You” will explore career journeys that are provocative – and instructive. But the career journey at the center of this class is yours. Where have you been and how has it shaped you? What are you dying to leave behind, and what is ahead that scares you? What is your unedited dream of a life? What are your non-negotiables around lifestyle? Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? And what about money…really? Analytic tools, assessment surveys, and exercises will be employed in each student’s personal exploration process, along with team activities, writing assignments, and guest speakers from careers paths both conventional and unorthodox. The course will conclude with a capstone project in which each student will identify their own “Area of Destiny,” either newly discovered or confirmed, and the roadmap to it, now and in the future.


Operations

Operations Consulting: An Experiential Approach (3.0 Credits)
OPMG-GB 2316
Prof. Harry Chernoff and Prof. Kristen Sosulski
Wednesdays, 1:30pm-4:20pm
Specializations: Management of Technology & Operations, Supply Chain Management & Global Sourcing

This is an experiential course in operations consulting. Students will learn the foundational consultant frameworks for addressing operations problems for real organizations. The basic approach begins with problem identification, followed by data analysis, solution evaluation, and the proposal of final recommendations. For any business, the production of products and the creation of services require processes that optimize the strategic objectives of the business. Students will analyze the connections between a firm’s operations and organizational strategy. Then, during company site visits, students, in the role of consultants, will talk with operations executives to uncover the capabilities required of the firms to employ their operations on location. They will observe, first-hand, the operations processes for services and manufacturing. In an elite, behind-the-scenes view students will study the processes that underlie systems of production, distribution, transportation, logistics, fulfillment, service, and product development for an array of organizations. In context, students will explore the intersection of technology, process, and strategy that enable a competitive advantage in today’s global markets. Finally, through a culminating final project, students will identify a business to serve as their consulting project and produce a set of recommendations. 


Fall 2022 By-Permission Only Courses

Experiential Learning

CPRL Education Practicum (12-credit opportunity)
CONS-GB.3012
Faculty: TBD
Day/Time: TBD

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 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)  (3.0 credits) 
Independent Study
Prof. Scott Taitel
Year long, Wednesdays 12:00-1:20pm
To apply, visit the Experiential Education website

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 (3.0 credits)
Independent Study
Prof. Nicole Sebastian
Year long, Fall 2022 to Spring 2023, *Meeting time varies*
To apply, visit the Experiential Education website

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

Global Real Estate Immersion: London (3.0 Credits)
INTA-GB.2345.01 
Prof. Sam Chandan
Trip and Pre-trip meetings (see syllabus)
See syllabus for application

While commercial real estate development, asset management, and the legal and tax framework of investment and lending remain inherently local features of a worldwide sector valued at more than $300 trillion, institutional real estate equity and debt capital flows have become increasingly global over the last several decades.

For students seeking careers in the institutional real estate industry in New York and other global cities, interaction with cross-border investors, lenders, property technology entrepreneurs, and others will be the norm rather than the exception. This course introduces students to real estate finance and investment analysis in non-US settings, special issues when deploying equity and debt capital internationally, and approaches to analyzing global real estate portfolios.

The highly experiential course is structured around direct interaction with global real estate developers, investors, lenders, and policymakers in a major non-US market, supplemented by pre-departure meetings in December and January, local site visits in London, and case-based deliverables.

This course will count toward the Real Estate specialization. For questions, please contact the realestate@stern.nyu.edu and intl@stern.nyu.edu.

Stern Signature Projects (3.0 Credits)
Independent Study
Faculty: TBD
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm
To apply, visit the Experiential Education website

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 (3.0 Credits)
FINC-GB.3320 
Prof. Anthony Marciano
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:20pm
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, part of the overall NYU endowment, 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. Based on the February 2021 Annual Report, MPSIF had assets under management of $2.9 million, excluding more than $1.88 million in mandated distributions since its inception to the Price School. Since March 2000, MPSIF has earned a cumulative return (after trading costs) of 284.2%, or 6.8% 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 (3.0 Credits x 2 semesters)
MGMT-GB.3339
Prof. Deepak Hegde
Thursdays, 9:00am-11:50am
To apply, see here.

The Endless Frontiers course is a capstone course in entrepreneurship.  It will introduce you to the challenges of building, financing, and scaling science and technology based startups.  You will learn about these challenges by interacting with founders of startups admitted to the Endless Frontier Labs (EFL) program, as well as business leaders and elite investors who mentor the startups admitted to the program.  In the four years since its founding, the EFL has established itself as one of the most impactful programs in the world for science- and tech-based startups. Since 2019, 64 seed-stage program graduates have raised over $900 Million in funding. EFL program graduates include Immunai (Life Sciences, 19-20 Cohort),  C2i Genomics (Life Sciences, 19-20 Cohort), PhagoMed (Life Sciences, 20-21 Cohort), Databento (Deep Tech, 20-21 Cohort), Jetpack Aviation (Deep Tech, 20-21 Cohort), Kintsugi (Deep Tech, 20-21 Cohort), and Shiru (Deep Tech, 20-21 Cohort), among others. By interacting with the founders of such companies, you will develop a deep appreciation for how cutting-edge scientific ideas are commercialized and disrupt markets.   
  
This unique nine-month course is a “big picture” course.  The emphasis of the course is not on understanding conceptually difficult material, but on applying simple ideas systematically to resolve the tremendous uncertainty faced by early-stage startups attempting to disrupt existing markets and industries. Accordingly, classroom discussions will focus on applying basic analytical tools, drawn from strategy, economics, and finance to develop business models, evaluate the size of markets, assess  financing options of early-stage ventures, and the risks and potential of ideas. 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.

Leadership Fellows (1.5 credits x 2 semesters)
INTA-GB.3130 
Fridays, 10:00am-4:00pm

Becoming a better leader is not a passive process. As such, the overarching pedagogical philosophy in Leadership Fellows is that students become more self-aware and fully integrated leaders through a continuous cycle of challenging high-engagement experiences coupled with skillful and deep reflection. Students will practice working through difficult leadership scenarios – sometimes as a group and other times with professional role players – and be given the opportunity to reflect on their behavior. Students will also repeatedly practice giving and receiving constructive feedback with their cohort members. If you have any inquiries about the course, please direct your inquiries to kk4843@stern.nyu.edu.


Operations Management

OPS in Entertainment: Las Vegas (3.0 Credits)
OPMG-GB.2313 
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 2023 Course Announcements

Business and Society

Sustainability & Impact in Supply Chains and Procurement (1.5 credits)
BSPA-GB 2110
Prof. Christopher van Bergen
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm (2nd Half)
Specializations: Sustainable Business & Innovation, Supply Chain Management & Global Sourcing

There is increasing market demand for companies operating in a global context to develop inclusive, transparent, and sustainable supply chains that minimize risk, improve performance, engage with value chain actors in new ways, and meet socially-conscious business goals. Across industries, companies seek to move from transactional to transformative relationships with suppliers in order to create or increase positive societal impact and company value. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only served to expose further weaknesses within the current approach. This course is about how to utilize supply chains and responsible sourcing to create a strategy and implementation plan for sustainability and social impact, whether as a budding social entrepreneur or from within an established firm. Students will learn about the latest advancements in social and environmental sustainability standards, the application of technology (e.g., blockchain and beyond), the engagement of partnerships with NGOs, and business practices and strategies that are being adopted by various companies. Students will consider organizations and sectors such as Walmart and Unilever in consumer-packaged goods (CPG), fashion and home brands, and sustainability and social impact drivers in natural resource-based sectors like mining. We will hear directly from executives operating in this space – past speakers include executives from Target, West Elm, PVH, as well as entrepreneurs involved in tech innovation. Understanding the complexity of supply chains and the new sustainability demands is critical for all students regardless of industry. From finance (as investors are beginning to scrutinize these practices) and management consulting to retail and manufacturing, this course is meant for anyone interested in learning best practices for incorporating social impact thinking and strategies within their own career and field.


Management

Strategy and Innovation in China (1.5 credits)
MGMT-GB 2143
Prof. Christina Fang
[Section 20] Thursdays, 1:30pm-4:20pm (1st half)
[Section 30] Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm (1st half)
Specializations: Management, Strategy, Global Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The goal of the course is to equip students with a better understanding of the strategy and innovation lessons from China. In particular, we discuss cutting-edge innovation in important industries ranging from social media to telecommunications. Many of the Chinese firms we study are already world class competitors. As such, while our focus is China, you will find that the principles of innovation are generally applicable elsewhere. The course provides a quick survey of China’s unique business landscape, in addition to a generalized toolkit to analyze strategy and innovation in fast growing industries. Whether your goal is to do business in China and beyond, or to better compete with Chinese firms in your existing industry here in the US, you will find the course informative, relevant and timely. The course examines many different types of business—private and public, Chinese and American —and the institutions that have and will define China’s economic trajectory and its role in the global economy. We will read and discuss a combination of cases, academic articles, book chapters as well as real-time news and reports.


Spring 2023 Course Announcements

Experiential Learning

Consulting Practice – two sections (3.0 Credits)
MGMT-GB.3306.30
Faculty TBD
Mondays, 6:00pm-9:00pm
To apply, visit Office of Student Engagement

MGMT-GB.3306.31
Faculty TBD
Mondays, 6:00pm-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 (3.0 credits)
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.

FinTech Experiential Learning (3.0 credits)
INTA-GB 2313
Prof. Kathleen Derose
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:20pm
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.

Tech and the City (3.0 credits)
TECH-GB.2345
Prof. Arun Sundararajan and Prof. Albert Wegner
Schedule: 3:00pm-4:20pm
To apply, visit Office of Student Engagement

Students work with founders and investors to understand business models, assess metrics and their connection to growth and funding, and lead a customer-centric assessment of the company's products. Weekly critical reflection activities that include structured discussions, journal writing and in-class peer presentations coupled with guest sessions from industry experts allow students to deepen their understanding of both their own company as well as the other participating startups. 

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*


Finance

Managing Investment Funds (3.0 Credits)
FINC-GB.3320
Prof. Anthony Marciano
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00pm-1:20pm
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, part of the overall NYU endowment, 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. Based on the February 2021 Annual Report, MPSIF had assets under management of $2.9 million, excluding more than $1.88 million in mandated distributions since its inception to the Price School. Since March 2000, MPSIF has earned a cumulative return (after trading costs) of 284.2%, or 6.8% 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 Fesitval (3.0 Credits)
MKTG-GB.2142 (Part I) On campus classes at Stern during Spring 2023 semester.
MKTG-GB.2143 (Part II) Travel component to festival during Summer 2023 semester (late May). If graduating in 2023, your official graduation date will be designated as September 2023.
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 a 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.


Operations Management

Operations in Panama: A Man, A Plan, A Canal (3.0 Credits)
OPMG-GB.2312
Prof. Harry Chernoff & Prof. Kristen Sosulski
Trip and Pre-/Post-trip meetings (see syllabus)
See syllabus for application

This exciting advanced elective from the ToPS department will be a three (3) credit course studying the history, major business operations, and future of the country of Panama.
Panama has developed as the economic hub of Latin America and leads this area of the world in economic, logistics and hospitality operations. Our course tracks the development of the country as an independent nation and highlights the importance of Panama in the Global Shipping Supply Chain.
Through readings, classroom discussion, and a one-week visit to the country, students will learn, analyze, and observe the intricacies of the Panama Canal, various hospitality developments, and the history and future challenges that Panama faces.
The Panama Canal is certainly the country’s major attraction, and process techniques and strategies abound within this fascinating operation. Included in our week travel in Panama will be extensive real estate projects and major tourism improvements that have been provided by the financial revenues from the canal. The course is a unique opportunity to learn about these operations and speak to the major decision makers leading Panama.


By Lottery

Communications for Consultants (3.0 Credits)
MCOM-GB.3311.30
Prof. Brian Hanssen
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-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 (3.0 Credits)
MKTG-GB.2368.30
Prof. Fran Gormley
Wednesdays, 6:00pm-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.