Teaching

 


PhD Students


I had three excellent PhD students on the job market in 2012-13.


Jim Ostler has accepted a position as assistant professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.


George Georgiadis has accepted a position as post-doc at Caltech followed by a position as assistant professor at the Department of Economics at Boston University.


Shaun Davies has accepted a position as assistant professor at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.


PhD Courses


I teach the PhD course in Organizational Economics which is open to PhD students from the Anderson School of Management and the Department of Economics. The syllabus can be found here.


MBA Courses


I teach the core curriculum course in Business Strategy (MGMT 420) which is required for 1st year MBA students at the Anderson School of Management. This course is not open to any other students. A previous year syllabus can be found here.


The Wire


In my teaching I often draw on economics and strategy examples from the television drama series The Wire, in particular the character Stringer Bell. Over the years many students and faculty colleagues have asked for more of these extracts. If you would like to have the complete list (including clips from Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Allen Iverson, The Daily Show and some game shows) please feel free to email me.


Below are a few examples which illustrate some of the concepts I teach in my course. Please note that many of the extracts contain explicit language so you should warn your students before showing these clips.


Stringer Bell learns about the price elasticity of demand and its implications for the optimal pricing (and quality provision) rule. He immediately puts his new knowledge to work in this clip:



Stringer Bell is confronted with inferior drug supply as his drug product has become too weak. Some of his workers now suggest horizontal product differentiation and brand proliferation:



Thanks to a new upstream supplier Stringer Bell succeeded in vertically differentiating his product. As a result he now extols the virtues of focusing on profits rather than fighting for market share, much to the chagrin of his underlings. (Note that you may choose to replay this clip when talking about reputation building and entry deterrence.)



Happy Teaching!