I took the Biz Strat final earlier today, so I’m officially done with my 2nd class at Kellogg. Although I’ve heard mixed reviews about this course from my classmates, I really enjoyed it, in part because it gave me a nice set of tools for performing a quick analysis of business issues, which are normally presented in articles on WSJ/NYT. Whereas before I’d read an article about a business situation and end at “Oh. That’s interesting,” now I’d probably try to put it in the context of added value, value creation, positioning, etc.
The other reason that I enjoyed the course was because of Professor Mazzeo, who is extremely animated and involved in his lectures. You can immediately tell from his classes and accessibility how interested he is in the topic and in teaching in general; for example, last night he was on campus answering questions in the Loud Study Room, and he has a Twitter account for highlighting interesting articles, which he would pull into our discussions from time to time. He is also kind of a bad ass, periodically giving business insights in magazines, TV shows, and radio programs.
The course was organized around weekly modules of 2 classes, with one class for lecturing on the current topic and the other class for discussing a case that pertained to the topic. My only criticism for the course was regarding the case discussions; I wish that there had been more debate amongst classmates on differing viewpoints for the cases. We rarely had cases where people drew a line in the sand and rigorously debated 2 sides of an issue.