You'll have the chance to explore activities outside the classroom in numerous ways that will also allow you to build new skills, relationships, and networks. These include:
- Booth Consulting Club - The mission of the Booth Consulting Club (BCC) is to provide experienced working professionals with frequent and meaningful opportunities to enhance their learning and career potential in the consulting industry. While the BCC is open to all members of the Booth community, including students and alumni of the Full-Time and Executive MBA programs, it primarily serves the needs of Evening and Weekend MBA students. With this in mind, the BCC provides a forum for its members to share experiences and exchange information, and provides opportunities for industry leaders, faculty, Booth alumni, and firms to present information about the industry.
- Booth Leadership Group - The Booth Leadership Group provides opportunities for members to hone their soft-skills and learn managerial effectiveness via interactive workshops, presentations from industry leaders, panels with faculty, alumni, and networking with fellow students.
- Corporate Strategy and Management Group - The CSMG provides a forum for students who have an interest in corporate strategy and general management.
You’ll have the option of taking courses that address your individual career choices. Samples include:
- Competitive Strategy - This course applies tools from microeconomics and industrial organization to competitive decision-making. First, you will learn to understand industry economics and the individual position of a particular firm, taking the industry economics as given. Next, you will study issues related to both the vertical and horizontal scopes of firms. Then, you'll be introduced to basic game theory, which is used to analyze issues such as bargaining power, price competition, entry and exit decisions, standard setting, and technological competition.
- The Strategy Symposium - A group of about 30 students meet faculty, visiting business executives, and others to explore approaches, ideas, and questions about strategy in greater depth. The goals are to develop a better understanding of the methods and techniques of strategic thinking and to explore the design, implementation, and evaluation of strategy. The development of tools and concepts for evaluating strategies both before and after the outcome is known and to seek insights that will improve the process of designing strategy are important.
- Taking Charge - Taught by former c-level executives, this course focuses on the practical, current, key issues with which general managers often deal when they take over a new assignment. These include: joining a company from the outside to take charge of a subsidiary in need of change; implementing your game plan and choosing your management style; the importance of self-awareness and communications in managing others effectively; making decisions and setting priorities in a turnaround situation; and transitioning a very successful startup into a large corporation - without losing its distinctive culture.
- Technology Strategy - This course focuses on strategic decision-making in technology-intensive industries. You will learn about a set of conceptual models that help determine which technologies to invest in, when to make the investments, how to capture value from the technology investment, and how to anticipate and respond to competitors and customers. Particular emphasis will be placed on building models for making strategic decisions in the context of significant technology, demand, and competitive uncertainty.
You’ll study with professors who conduct groundbreaking research, consult with businesses, and bring their experiences examining the practical realities behind organizational decision-making into the classroom.
Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, is an applied microeconomist who has done work on racial discrimination, CEO pay and incentives, and the effects of regulation on employment, among other topics in labor economics and corporate finance.
Eric Budish, associate professor of economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, researches auction and matching markets, and more broadly he is interested in the design of market institutions. His most recent work concerns the design of markets that allocate schedules of courses to students, or schedules of shifts to workers.
Ronald S. Burt
Ronald S. Burt, Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy, studies the social structure of competitive advantage in careers, organizations, and markets. Burt is the author of six books, two software programs, and numerous articles and chapters in academic works.
Harry L. Davis
Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management, studies leadership, strategy, creativity, and innovation. He developed the first core leadership program of any top-rated MBA program in the country and also pioneered the Management Lab.
Matthew Gentzkow, Richard O. Ryan Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, studies empirical industrial organization and political economy, with a specific focus on media industries. Gentzkow's work has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, and Econometrica, and has been covered in major national media. Gentzkow received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2009.
Robert H. Gertner
Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance and deputy dean for the Part-Time MBA Programs, focuses his research primarily on industrial organization, resource allocation and decision making in organizations, corporate investment, law and economics, and strategic pricing.
John P. Gould
John P. Gould, Steven G. Rothmeier Professor and Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, studies strategy, microeconomics, industrial organization, law and economics, the economics of information, and investment by the firm. Considered an expert in his field, Gould has been called to testify in many court cases and his research has been widely published.
Emir Kamenica, professor of economics and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow, studies a variety of topics in applied microeconomics, including the design of informational environments, behavioral industrial organization, discrimination, and dating and marriage markets. He has published work in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies.
Marc Knez, clinical professor of strategic management, has evolved his research from a focus on applying game- and decision-theory to strategic decision making to a focus on market analysis, strategy development, and organizational structure. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Business, and the Journal of Labor Economics.
Neale Mahoney, assistant professor of economics, studies public finance, industrial organization, and health economics. His dissertation examines health insurance markets. Mahoney has worked as an associate at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company and on health care reform for the Obama administration. For his research, he has been awarded a National Tax Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (first runner-up) and the Lamport Prize for the best undergraduate thesis in economics at Brown University.
James E. Schrager
James E. Schrager, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management, completed the first IPO of a US private company in Japan, and has turned around several businesses, including a company with $500 million in sales and operations in 20 countries.
Jesse M. Shapiro
Jesse M. Shapiro, Chookaszian Family Professor of Economics, is a research associate in labor studies at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a coeditor of the Journal of Political Economy, and an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty, he was the inaugural Becker Fellow at the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory.
Ram Shivakumar, SM ’97, clinical professor of economics and strategy, specializes in industrial organization and corporate strategy. His research has appeared in the California Management Review, Journal of International Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Industrial Economics.
Chad Syverson, J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics, researches several topics, including the interactions of firm structure, market structure, and productivity. His work has been published in several top journals and has earned several National Science Foundation Awards, Olin Foundation Grants, and a Brookings Dissertation Fellowship.