Professor Finkelstein teaches this first year core course with professor Paul Argenti. The course has two primary objectives:
Strategy – its formulation and execution – is a human endeavor. The experiences, biases, egos, values, and other human factors in the executive ranks greatly influence what happens to companies. This course examines the effects of senior executives on company strategy, performance, and vitality. The central question is this: How can we improve our understanding and prediction of organizational outcomes – and improve the outcomes themselves – by paying greater attention to top management capabilities and behaviors? Course topics include: executive selection and succession, executive compensation, top management team composition and dynamics, and board-management relations.