Chazen Block Week Classes

In 2017-18 the Chazen Institute plans to offer block week courses. Please note these are tentative and subject to change. Block week courses are available through elective bidding.

Block week courses differ from Global Immersion Program (GIP) courses by the fact that GIP courses meet for classes before the travel period, whereas Block weeks do not.

March 2018 — Munich, Germany

Innovation aus Deutschland: the German Model for Excellence in 'Engineering + Design + Innovation' in Startups and Large Enterprises

This course is a project-based class in which students:

  1. Study the economic the business dynamics of post-war Germany 
  2. Do a deep dive into the Germany export-driven model for corporate innovation and R&D 
  3. Gain firsthand insight into engineering, design and innovation excellence through corporate visits, in particular Mitttelstand companies and startups 
  4. Collaborate onside at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in designing and prototyping physical products while applying Sprint and Design Thinking processes, with applied techniques in iterative prototyping, 3D printing and additive manufacturing

Download the description and syllabus →

May 2018 — Israel

May 13-May 17, 2018 (May 18 optional sightseeing day)
CBS summer term classes begin Monday, May 21.

This blockweek course includes:

  1. Class sessions, guest speakers, company visits with leading Israeli industry leaders and MBA students from IDC Herzliya
  2. 30 CBS students/ 30 IDC students
  3. Program fee for course $400 — lodging, international airfare and some meals on your own

Course Organization

Academic classes led by Professor Jacob Goldenberg — a marketing professor at IDC and a visiting professor at Columbia University, and Dr. Oren Zuckerman — founder of IDC's Media Innovation Lab and the academic director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global MBA track. Professor Oded Netzer, a marketing professor at Columbia Business School, will be the CBS faculty on the course. The lectures will explore various aspects of Israel’s unique models for innovation, how a culture of innovation can be built and nurtured, as well as emerging topics within the Israeli entrepreneurship ecosystem such as the value of User experience and the Internet of Things.

Talks by Israeli industry leaders including angel investors, VC's, directors of the leading startup accelerators and serial entrepreneurs.

Site visitsto successful companies and startup accelerators. Students will be exposed, first hand, to the "behind the scenes" of Israeli innovation, meeting some of its leading figures.

See last year's program and itinerary →

Past Block Week classes include:

  • The Business Environment in China, travel to Beijing China
  • The European Financial Crisis, travel to Madrid, Spain
  • A Closer Look at the Start-Up Nation, travel to Israel