We live in a global society, and that means that the challenges faced by the top leaders of businesses and other organizations often cross one or more national boundary. Those challenges are also complex, requiring expertise from many parts of an organization. One of the final courses in the Yale School of Management’s rigorous integrated core curriculum, The Executive trains students to tackle complex, global issues through a series of online “raw” cases taught by multiple faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Working together with their peers, students learn to understand multifaceted problems by integrating the tools and the perspectives they’ve studied throughout the curriculum.
This class is really good practice at facing complexity and being able to apply your knowledge to it.
“This is the capstone course of the core curriculum for a good reason,” says Aris Marí Carrió ’16, “and that is because it’s where you actually get to apply everything you’ve learned up to this point.”
In one case, students consider the battle for control of the Spanish utility Endesa, which involved multiple bidders and their respective governments. Sarah Bolthrunis ’16, a joint MBA/MESc student at Yale SOM and the Yale School of Forestry & Envionmental Studies, says that The Executive gives students experience in breaking down complicated scenarios and making them comprehensible. “This class is really good practice at facing complexity and being able to apply your knowledge to it and not just be paralyzed by things that seem difficult.”