I teach "Team Leadership & Group Dynamics" (MBA 8550) and "Power & Politics in Organizations" (MBA 8538) at the graduate level.
The experience of teaching is personally rewarding because I feel as much of a participant in the learning process as I do responsible for presenting course content effectively. In teaching, I have two main goals. First, I want students to have a better understanding of organizations and work as fundamental parts of society. Classes on organizations within a business school are well-equipped to do so, especially by supplying students with both a toolkit of ideas—with concepts such as personality, leadership, diversity, and group processes—and a set of experiences, including discussions, negotiations, group projects, and class exercises. Second, I want students to become more complex and analytic thinkers. Whether at the undergraduate or graduate levels, students are inundated with course concepts, management fads, and events in the business world (often considered to be either awe-inspiring or cautionary tales); my goal is for students to leave my class as more active and discerning consumers of such information. By challenging students to think critically, to explicate their assumptions and logic, and to analyze issues with both a particularistic and an holistic approach, I hope to incite students’ intellectual development and comprehension.