Leadership & Organizational Change

Today’s leaders have to operate in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. Successful leadership requires three things: a clear vision, the ability to inspire others, and the skills to execute your action plan. By introducing students to a framework for understanding themselves, their organizations, and the performance of people and groups within them, this course helps students to develop skills and knowledge that enable them to become more effective leaders.

This course is taught to business executives across the world in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Leadership & Organizational Change is taught every year in the spring by Professor Iyengar, who has in the past received the Best Teacher Award from Columbia Business School for the course.

Think Bigger

What is a big idea? Is it a physical invention, like the printing press? Is it a way of doing things, like democracy or capitalism? Does something like ‘civilization’ qualify as a big idea?

This course wrestles these questions and more, ultimately arriving at the conclusion that, in order to think big, one has to think bigger. Think Bigger looks at a few examples of ‘big ideas’ from history to create a working definition of what constitutes a big idea, so that students can develop the skills and strategies they need to discover impactful ideas of their own, in addition to teaching students how to effectively communicate the core essence of an idea – what is it, how is it different than anything that came before, and how will it impact our lives?

This course takes a hands-on and innovation-centered approach to teaching students the skills of ideation, challenging them to be their most creative with experiential exercises (both in and outside the classroom) that are designed to take students through the processes of discovering, editing, and evaluating ideas whether working alone or with a team.

Think Bigger is co-taught by Professor Iyengar with Professor Craig Hatkoff, one of the founders of the Tribeca Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America, which was created immediately following the events of September 11, 2001 to help revitalize Lower Manhattan.

Thinking Globally

Today, we live in a more interconnected world than ever before. Evidence of globalization is all around us. But what is globalization? How do we define and evaluate it? Most important, what does it mean for our future?

Thinking Globally is a course aimed towards answering these questions and critically examining globalization from a multidisciplinary perspective. It begins by discussing some of the major questions posed by globalization, and draw on a number of popular opinions on the subject in order to lay the foundation for our own investigation of what it is and what it means. The course also looks at history to help shed light on the current global situation – how is it that we’ve come to live in such an interdependent world? Through lectures, case studies, exercises, and debate, students will better understand the opportunities that globalization offers, as well as the challenges it presents.

Thinking Globally is designed to help students to develop the global mindset necessary to advance their careers in a rapidly changing world.

Perspectives on Authenticity 

This PhD course offers an interdisciplinary consideration of the question of authenticity; what is it? why does it matter? how is it understood in terms of the self and society? In this semester long seminar, students meet once a week to debate and discuss readings from diverse fields such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, biology, and more. Students can expect to leave the course with a thorough knowledge of the literature related to the issue of authenticity and sharpened theoretical understandings of the self and other related concepts.