Syllabus • Review syllabus carefully
TA & Office Hours • TAs: Andres Shahidinejad ( [email protected] ) − Please direct logistical/administrative questions to him. − Also, talk to him about homework and exam grading… • I am also happy to meet with you in person to discuss the course, strategy as an academic discipline, economics more broadly, your career choices… • Send me an email and we can set up a time
Course Materials • REQUIRED − Course packet (HBS cases, notes, news articles) − All material distributed via Canvas • OPTIONAL − Luís Cabral’s Introduction to Industrial Organization . § Both editions (2000 and 2017) are acceptable − Useful reference for underlying economic ideas in strategy − You might find the suggested chapters interesting and/or helpful if you did not take undergraduate industrial organization (IO)
Grading • Class participation: 20% • Case/reading memos: 20% • In-class midterm (90 minutes): 25% • Final exam (180 minutes): 35%
Preparing for Class • For each class, prepare to discuss readings and/or case(s) • Weekly guides with study questions will be posted online • Lecture slides will usually be available before lecture • You must submit a 1 page written response to study questions − Hard limit! TA won’t read past the first page § Some quantitative cases, 1 extra page for calculations − This is to help you think concisely • Small study groups are OK − Do your own write-up, indicate who you worked with − All members should participate in discussion
Participation • Elements of a good class discussion: − Concise answers − Backed up by evidence and logic − Quantity and quality both matter − Disagreement is encouraged • No outside sources (except for personal career experiences directly relevant to the industry or firm in the case) • Cold calls, including case openers , randomly selected • You can choose not to participate: put your name card face down or let me know ahead of time
Midterm and Final • Problems and short-answer questions • Analysis of a case distributed one week in advance • I will post some practice problems on Canvas at the same time • OPTIONAL in-class “game” after midterm − The game is fun, but its definitely not required − Participants have a shot at a modest amount of extra credit • Students will take exam during scheduled time • Early exams are a logistical nightmare for the TA and me • If you anticipate needing an early exam, talk to me ASAP, and there is no guarantee that I can accommodate you.
Participation is important • It’s important for your career development − Someday, a boss, investor and/or important customer will ask for your opinion about something you haven’t quite nailed down in your head − At that point you can either freak out, or think quickly, calmly and analytically about the problem − Which would you rather do?
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