Think boldly

Faculty and methodology

The rigorous and robust course load at Stanford GSB would not be possible without our exceptional faculty of Nobel laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. You’ll hear fresh and relevant insights from global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and industry experts who are active today in innovating, disrupting businesses, and making history. You’ll listen, you’ll take notes, you’ll ask questions. But you’ll also lead, collaborate, and make decisions as you put your critical thinking and problem solving skills into practice.

Methods that bring the materials to life

Our faculty uses a variety of teaching methods, fitting the right method to the right content. That might mean a lecture and discussion format, building a prototype, or simulating a real-world situation with your classmates. It could also mean examining case studies, learning from a guest speaker, or one-on-one coaching from your professor.


Examples of flexible methodology in action

POWer: Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset from the Perspective of Women
The subject: the challenges and opportunities women entrepreneurs and venture capitalists encounter
The methods: case studies, readings, videos, panel discussions, role playing, and breakout groups with special guests

Acting with Power
The subject: learning to demonstrate power, status, and authority  
The methods: readings, writings, discussions, in-class performances

Strategic Thinking in Action — In Business and Beyond 
The subject: strategic leadership driving the transformation of the advanced automotive industry
The methods: informed debate, writing and presenting position papers, extensive discussion

Experiential learning opportunities

Learn by doing through these hands-on programs

Entrepreneurial Summer Program 
Intern at an early-stage company with between 5 and 50 full-time employees. Experience the pace and excitement of a startup and gain insight into an entrepreneurial career.

Stanford GSB Impact Fund 
A valuable and robust hands-on experience in the day-to-day activities of “impact investing” — the intentional investing for both financial returns, and measurable social and environmental returns.

Action Learning Program 
A set of immersive courses that provides hands-on, small-group learning experiences. During the 10-week-long courses, your group will be assigned projects that require you to solve real business challenges faced by external organizations.

Caitlin Pomeroy

MBA 2018

Caitlin Pomeroy interned at Anomalie over the summer. Anomalie is an early-stage company focused on bringing innovation to the wedding dress industry.

"Anomalie was the perfect summer internship startup experience. Hired for marketing, I quickly took on additional projects throughout the company that really helped me gain first-hand experience in the trials and tribulations of running a small and growing venture-backed business. The lessons I took away from my summer helped inform my full-time job search and will be useful in my work endeavors going forward."

Caitlin Pomeroy and colleagues working together