Fall 2013 MBA Course

B8216-001: Economics of Strategic Behavior

MW - Full Term, 10:45AM to 12:15PM

Location: WJW 311

Instructor: Wouter Dessein

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This course examines the underlying economics of successful business strategy: the strategic imperatives of competitive markets, the sources and dynamics of competitive advantage, managing competitive interactions, and the organizational implementation of business strategy.

The course combines case discussion and analysis (approximately two thirds) with lectures (one third).  The emphasis is on the ability to apply a small number of principles effectively and creatively, not the mastery of detailed aspects of the theory. Grading is based on class participation and online case quizzes (35%), three case write-ups (25%) and a final group paper (40%). The course offers excellent background for all consultants, managers and corporate finance generalists.


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Wouter Dessein

Eli Ginzberg Professor of Finance and EconomicsPrior to joining the Columbia Business School faculty in July 2008, Wouter was an associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business from 2005-2008, where he taught Competitive Strategy and Organizational Strategy. He earned a Bachelor in management and applied sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1997 and a Ph.D. in economics from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Toulouse University in...

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