Just like the successful businesses it studies, Columbia Business School knows that the only way to stay competitive is to continually evolve. The School prides itself on creating new and better ways to train its students to thrive in an ever-shifting business environment.
Used widely across the core curriculum, the teaching materials from Columbia CaseWorks are based on the research and expertise of the School’s renowned faculty members and examine the specific challenges facing actual companies. Recently the School launched its first “integrated case” — a series of materials focused on a single company, in this instance General Motors, used in several core courses simultaneously. The integrated case encourages students to think about a company holistically, from the perspective of several disciplines — accounting, management, marketing, operations, and more — in order to gain a true understanding of the complex challenges presented by today’s constantly evolving business world.
The Individual, Business, and Society (IBS) Curriculum
A series of modules beginning in orientation and continuing throughout the year, the Individual, Business, and Society curriculum investigates the most current ethical challenges from the real world through case discussions and in-depth class sessions that engage students to think through these important issues.
Master Classes are hands-on, project-based electives designed to challenge students to creatively integrate concepts learned across the core curriculum and apply them to contemporary business problems. Projects require students to make managerial decisions or recommendations to address real, relevant business challenges, and students often work with the actual businesses facing these problems.
The Program on Social Intelligence (PSI)
The Program on Social Intelligence enhances students’ abilities as leaders throughout their careers. PSI imparts techniques for managing individuals, teams, organizations, and networks in dynamic, global business contexts. Infused throughout the student experience, PSI case studies and activities are an integral part of orientation, core and elective classes, career management programs, extracurricular activities, and alumni events.
Centers and Programs
The research centers and programs at Columbia Business School produce groundbreaking work on a regular basis, but what makes them truly unique among their peers is that they interact so regularly with MBA students. From study tours and language classes offered by the Chazen Institute to the Heilbrunn Center’s Value Investing curriculum to the Lang Center’s annual Outrageous Business Plan Competition, the School’s centers and programs help students elevate their involvement in specific areas of interest.