2013-2014 course listings will be continually updated. Please check back regularly for updates.

Fall 2013

 
Research Development Course
Instructor: Michael Luca
HBS 4006
Th 3:30-5
Cumnock 230

The objective of this course is to provide a structured research experience in which students undertake a substantive research project while developing a systematic approach to the process of research. The course emphasizes strategies for successful development of research from the initial idea development stage through the completion of a paper. The course allows students to work on the second-year paper while building a supportive research community across the class where students will receive feedback from peers and learn to be good critics and discussants of others' research.

This course is required of 2nd year doctoral students in Accounting and Management, Management, Marketing, Technology and Operations Management, and Strategy.

Auditors are not permitted to register for this class.

 
Microeconomic Theory I
Instructor: Maciej Kotowski
HBS 4010
Econ 2020a/API 111
HKS API-111
MW 8:30-10
KSG - Littauer 140

A comprehensive course in economic theory designed for doctoral students in all parts of the university. Topics include consumption, production, behavior toward risk, markets, and general equilibrium theory. Also looks at applications to policy analysis, business decisions, industrial organization, finance, and the legal system. Undergraduates with appropriate background are welcome, subject to the instructor's approval.

While the class will regularly meet on Mondays and Wednesday (8:30-10 a.m.) at HKS, the first day of class will be on Friday, September 6, 2013 (8:30-10 a.m.). The Friday session will meet in the class's regular room, L-230.

Prerequisite: Multivariate calculus and one course in probability theory. Thorough background in microeconomic theory at the intermediate level.

Students may receive credit for both API-111 and API-101/API-105 only if API-101/105 is taken first. API-111 and API-109 cannot both be taken for credit. Also offered by Harvard Kennedy School as API-111 and the Economics Department as Econ 2020a.

Prerequisite: Multivariate calculus and one course in probability theory. Thorough background in microeconomic theory at the intermediate level.

 
Foundations of Strategy
Instructor: Juan Alcacer
HBS 4110
T 2-5
Baker Library 102

The course provides a broad, multi-disciplinary introduction to the study of business strategy, with a particular emphasis on its behavioral and economic foundations. Different schools of thought and their evolution will be analyzed, discussed and compared.

 
Experimental Economics
Instructor: Amrin Falk
HBS 4160
Econ 2040
F 9-12
An introduction to experimental economics, and some of the major subject areas that have been addressed by laboratory experiments. We concentrate on series of experiments, to see how experiments build on one another.
 
Asset Pricing I
Instructor: John Y. Campbell
HBS 4209
Econ 2723
Tu Th 2:30-4
Sever Hall 110

An introduction to financial economics emphasizing discrete-time models and empirical applications. Reviews basic asset pricing theory. Discusses empirical topics including predictability of stock and bond returns, the equity premium puzzle, and intertemporal equilibrium models.

Prerequisite: Economics 2010a or 2020a, or permission of the instructor.

 
Corporate Finance
HBS 4243
Econ 2725
T Th 11:30-1
Cumnock 230

Theory and empirical evidence of capital structure, dividends, investment policy, managerial incentives and takeovers. Topics include market efficiency, agency problems and ownership.

Please note that the first class will be held on Tuesday, September 10th.

Prerequisite: Economics 2060

 
Accounting & Management Research Workshop
Instructor: Charles C.Y. Wang
HBS 4251
F 12-1:00pm
Morgan 350
The objectives of this course are 1) to stimulate critical evaluation of current research in financial and managerial accounting; 2) to build critical skills to be an effective presenter and discussant; and 3) to facilitate students' own research. The workshop will cover A&M seminar papers as well as students' research-in-progress.
 
Behavioral Approaches to Decision Making
HBS 4420
Psy 2650
M 1-4
Cumnock 230

This course will provide an overview of the field of behavioral decision making. A focus of the course will be the individual as a less than perfect decision maker in individual and competitive contexts. On the decision making side, we will start with March and Simon's (1958) work on bounded rationality, work through the groundbreaking research of Kahneman and Tversky, and update this line of inquiry through the current decade. We will examine the implications of imperfect behavior for theoretical development, as well as for how to train individuals to make wiser decisions.

This course will involve students in an intensive, thorough survey of the intersection of analytic and behavioral perspectives to decision making and negotiation. Each class we will cover an area in depth, explicate some major perspectives in the field, review a select set of readings, and discuss some of the critical issues that have been raised with regard to theory and experimentation.

 
Behavioral Insights Group Research Seminar
Instructor: Francesca Gino
HBS 4425
Psy 2553r
Hours to be arranged.
This seminar provides lab experience in behavioral approaches to decision making and negotiation.
 
Organizational Behavior Lab
HBS 4427
Th 10-11:30
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center 101
OB lab is a doctoral workshop that meets every other week for 1.5 hours. Students are expected to present their work and attend the other sessions to provide feedback to other members.
 
Business History
Instructor: Walter A. Friedman
HBS 4810
T 2-5
Baker Library 101

The Business History course explores the history of firms, industries, business systems, and entrepreneurs from a global and comparative perspective. We will discuss the different trajectories and interpretations of firm growth, industry development, and entrepreneurial activity from the 19th century to the present. We will also analyze the integration of firms into the social, technological, cultural, and political contexts of the time. Among the topics covered are the changing organizational structure of firms, the emergence of modern management, the rise of big business, the impact of government policies and legal frameworks on business, the transformation of industries, and the role of entrepreneurship in capitalist economies. In each meeting we will discuss the key literature by prominent authors in the field. The course will familiarize students with some of the classic studies in these areas, but also introduce recent research and publications.

The course provides an innovative framework for understanding the emergence of business institutions, structures, and practices embedded in specific historical and geographical contexts. It is relevant for graduate students working in a range of fields including History, Economic History, and Business Administration. 

The overall aim of the course is to introduce graduate students to central issues and theoretical approaches in the history of business and of capitalism and to explore the relevance of this literature to other disciplines. The course provides a unique opportunity to develop analytical research skills through designing, researching, and writing a paper using original sources, either quantitative or qualitative. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic relevant to their own research interests or dissertation project and will have the opportunity to work closely with the instructor during the semester on the paper. Cross-registrants are welcome.

 
Seminar on the Craft of Inductive Qualitative Research
Instructor: Leslie A. Perlow
HBS 4852
Friday, October 11 from 9:00 - 5:00;
Thursday, November 21 from 4:00 - 8:00;
Friday, November 22 from 9:00 - 5:00;
Friday, December 13 from 9:00 - 5:00.
This seminar provides a forum to demystify the craft of qualitative inductive research. How do field notes get transformed into published books and articles? How does theory get built and substantiated? What is the behind the scenes process successful scholars are using? Our goal is to look behind the curtain and understand the art and science of writing up this work. It is also to gain an appreciation for the variety of ways in which people work. Towards this end, the seminar will be composed of two parts: 1) learning from others and 2) learning by doing. The first part of each class will involve uncovering the story behind a published piece of work, written by a leading scholar. The second part of each class will involve class participants sharing their own writing based on on-going research projects. This writing can take the form of full paper or much earlier stage memos, outlines or other writing sample. The seminar is offered as a Pass/Fail course and has three requirements: In preparation for each class, participants will read the piece of work by the leading scholar, and possibly some earlier drafts, memos, or reviews. For each class, participants will also be provided a writing sample distributed by one of the class participant, whose week it is to share their work. Participants will be responsible for sharing their work during at least one class session. This course is open to doctoral students who have successfully completed their first-year of graduate work and are engaged in inductive qualitative research projects ideally with data. Permission of the instructors is required for all enrollees.
 
Micro Topics in Organizational Behavior
HBS 4882
W 2:30-5:30
Cumnock 101B

Micro Topics in Organizational Behavior is a survey course covering the study of individual, dyadic, small group and intra-organizational behavior, with special focus on research by Harvard Faculty. At the individual level, examples of possible topics include cognitive psychology, behavioral decision theory, motivation theory, and the study of attitudes and emotions. At the dyadic level, examples include negotiation, social perceptions, relationships and supervisor-subordinate ties. Teams, multiparty decision making and coalitions are possible topics at the group level. Examples of potential topics at the intra-organizational level include conflict, culture, person-organization fit, psychological contracts, justice and power. Most sessions will include a broad discussion of a topic, followed by a more focused discussion with a faculty member about her or his research in the area.

Please note that the first class will be held on September 11th.

 

Spring 2014

 
Research Development Course
Instructor: Michael Luca
HBS 4006
TBD

The objective of this course is to provide a structured research experience in which students undertake a substantive research project while developing a systematic approach to the process of research. The course emphasizes strategies for successful development of research from the initial idea development stage through the completion of a paper. The course allows students to work on the second-year paper while building a supportive research community across the class where students will receive feedback from peers and learn to be good critics and discussants of others' research.

This course is required of 2nd year doctoral students in Accounting and Management, Management, Marketing, Technology and Operations Management, and Strategy.

Auditors are not permitted to register for this class

 
Perspectives in Management Research
Instructor: Daniel Malter
HBS 4008
M W 5:15-6:30
Cumnock Hall 230
Exposes students to cutting edge research across a spectrum of management functions and demonstrates how various types of research contributes to management questions.
 
Microeconomic Theory II
Instructor: Christopher N. Avery and Elon Kohlberg
HBS 4011
Econ 2020b/HKS API 112
MWF 8:30-10:00
HKS Littauer L280

A continuation of Economics 2020a. This course covers game theory, economics of information, incentive theory, and welfare economics.

Prerequisite: Economics 2010a or 2020a.

 
Design of Field Research Methods
Instructor: Michel Anteby
HBS 4070
W 10-1
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center B82

Field research involves collecting original data (qualitative or quantitative) in field sites. The course will combine informal lecture and discussion with practical sessions designed to build specific skills for conducting field research in organizations. Readings include books and papers about research methodology, as well as articles that provide exemplars of field research, including both theory driven and phenomenon driven work. Specific topics covered include variance versus process models, blending qualitative and quantitative data (in one paper, one study, or one career), collecting and analyzing different kinds of data (observation interview, survey, archival), levels of analysis, construct development, and writing up field research for publication. A core aim of the course is to help students understand the contingent relationship between the nature of the research question and the field research methods used to answer it, and to use this understanding to design and carry out original field research. Course requirements include several short assignments assessing readings and a final paper designed to help students' further their own field research goals. Priority will be given to advanced doctoral students, appropriate for Doctoral students in year 2+.

 
Empirical Methods in Financial Economics
HBS 4220
Econ 2727
Th 2:30-5:30
Cumnock Hall 230

Examines empirical research in corporate finance. Covers empirical research methodology, financial institutions, and financial policy. Major emphasis is on how to do well-executed and persuasive research in corporate finance.

Note: Structured to minimize overlap with Economics 2725. Seminar format; students write referee reports and a research paper.

This class was formerly known as Empirical Methods in Corporate Finance.

 
Empirical Research in Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance
Instructor: Suraj Srinivasan
HBS 4250
F 9-12
Morgan Hall 350

This course is a survey of financial accounting research intended for doctoral students. The primary purpose of the course is to introduce fundamental research themes and methodologies used in empirical financial accounting research. Participants will become acquainted with the relevant literature through classroom discussions of assigned readings, paper summaries, problem sets, and individual research proposals.

 
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship
Instructor: William R. Kerr and Josh Lerner
HBS 4350
Econ 2726
Th 3-6
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center 102

Entrepreneurship--the formation and growth of new firms--is a complex phenomenon that has historically attracted relatively little academic attention. In recent years, however, scholars in a variety of disciplines have been devoting increasing attention to this topic. This course will explore the emerging work in this dynamic area. Reflecting the complex nature of the entrepreneurship, the course will touch on literature in a variety of academic disciplines, but the readings will primarily focus on discipline-oriented research from an economics, finance, and sociological perspective. Students taking the course for credit will be expected to complete two referee reports and a paper.

 
Organizational Behavior Lab
HBS 4428
Th 9:30-11:30
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center 101
OB lab is a doctoral workshop that meets every other week for 1.5 hours. Students are expected to present their work and attend the other sessions to provide feedback to other members.
 
Empirical Studies of Innovation and Digitization
HBS 4561
M 2-5
Baker Library   |   Bloomberg Center 102
Course description will be updated shortly.
 
Doctoral Seminar on Consumer Behavior
HBS 4630
Th 2-5
Cumnock Hall 220

This course will provide a research overview of the field of consumer behavior and consumer decision making.  Drawing principally from research papers from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology, the course will cover topics including preferences, persuasion, learning, and decision making.  Students will be expected to prepare the readings, critically critique the research, and actively participate in discussions.  An exploratory research paper will be required for completion of the course.

 
The Economics of International Business
Instructor: Jordan I. Siegel
HBS 4720
F 12-3
Morgan Hall 350

The goal of this seminar is to introduce doctoral students to the field of international business. While economics forms the disciplinary foundation of the course, we will also compare and contrast other approaches from sociology, political science, and social psychology. At the end of this course, students should have developed the ability to evaluate various empirical approaches in the field. Finally, students should also end the course with a well-defined research proposal. This proposal will include a theoretical question, a literature review, an evaluation of the available data sources, and a plan for gathering any additional data necessary to answer the theoretical question.

We begin the course by reviewing the key theoretical ideas that launched the field of international business. The rest of the course, addressing both theoretical and empirical issues, will examine cross-country issues including the literatures on multinationals, economic geography, and FDI. The course also examines within-country issues including comparative institutional analysis and the origin and persistence of differences in the business environments across countries. The course thus develops a perspective on the extent to which firm choices and managerial behavior are universal as opposed to context-dependent.

Prerequisite: Economics 2010a or the equivalent.

 
DBA Seminar for Technology and Operations Management
Instructor: Michael W. Toffel
HBS 4840
Th 11:30-1
Morgan Hall 250
This seminar provides a forum to provide feedback for doctoral students on their research projects in innovation and operations management. The seminar also seeks to bolster research collaboration among students and between them and TOM faculty. The seminar is required of TOM DBA students unless exempted by the TOM DBA faculty coordinator. Other doctoral students with related interests may take this course with instructor permission.
 
Seminar on the Craft of Inductive Qualitative Research II
Instructor: Ethan S. Bernstein
HBS 4853
This seminar is a continuation of the Seminar on the Craft of Qualitative Inductive Research. How do field notes get transformed into published books and articles? How does theory get built and substantiated? What is the behind the scenes process successful scholars are using? Our goal is to look behind the curtain and understand the art and science of writing up this work. It is also to gain an appreciation for the variety of ways in which people work. Towards this end, the seminar will be composed of two parts: 1) learning from others and 2) learning by doing. The first part of each session will involve class participants sharing their own writing based on on-going research projects. The second part of each session will involve uncovering the story behind a published piece of work, written by a leading scholar. This writing can take the form of full paper or much earlier stage memos, outlines or other writing sample. The seminar is offered as a Pass/Fail course and has three requirements: • Participants will be responsible for sharing their work during at least one session, • For each session, participants will be expected to read and provide feedback on writing sample(s) distributed by select class participant(s), • In preparation for each session, participants will read pieces of work by leading scholars, and possibly some earlier drafts, memos, or reviews. This course is open only to doctoral students who have successfully completed Seminar on the Craft of Inductive Qualitative Research I in Fall 2013 or by permission of the instructor. Dates: 2/28/2014; 4/28/2014; 5/2/2014; 5/17/2014
 
Macro Topics in Organizational Behavior
Instructor: Rakesh Khurana
HBS 4880
Soc 224
Friday 12:00 - 3:00
Covers classical works in organization theory and surveys the main paradigms that are now active in the field. Also addresses how other disciplines such as economics and business history have shaped sociological thinking about organizations.
 

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