Leadership in Healthcare

STRAMGT 381: Leading Strategic Change in the Health Care Industry
Instructors: Robert Burgelman and Robert Pearl

This GSB seminar provides the opportunity for students to develop strategically informed action plans that are imaginative, inspiring, and workable in the highly dynamic environment of the healthcare industry. The seminar's pedagogy involves informed debate to evaluate and hone well-researched views by the participants and instructors, as well as the writing and presentation of position papers by small groups of seminar participants on the key dynamics of the industry. Through seminar discussions, students deepen their understanding of strategic dynamics and transformational change at the societal, industry, and organizational levels of analysis. Read more.

STRAMGT 573: Strategic Thinking in Action - In Business and Beyond
Instructors: Robert Burgelman, Andy Grove

This five-session, two-point Bass seminar will involve students (maximum 15) on examining how to improve the effectiveness of "Translational Medicine."€ Translational medicine concerns the complex process involved in bringing medical inventions and discoveries to market as diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. The time and cost involved in translational medicine have gone up exponentially during the last two decades. One purpose of the seminar is to examine the root causes of this unsustainable trajectory and to develop a strategic action plan to reverse it. Another, related, purpose is to help students sharpen their skills in leading strategic change in and of large complex systems. Read more.

GSBGEN 568: Managing Difficult Conversations
Instructors: H. Irving Grousbeck and Charles G. Prober

This is a GSB course taught at the medical school. It is the sister-course to GSB S355, Managing Growing Enterprises. It is an elective course offered to second-year business school students and second-, third-, and fourth-year medical students The goal of the course is to improve students' judgment as to how to effectively prepare for and confront difficult discussions in medical contexts. It is case-based and involves frequent student-to-student and student-to-instructor role-playing in "real-life" medical situations. Patients and physician-experts are often present to participate as class guests. Relevant principles of professionalism, leadership, and psychology underlie the course pedagogy. Read more.

GSBGEN 524: Compassion and Leadership
Instructor: Kelly McGonigal

The course explores the role of compassion in the workplace, and the contribution of compassion to leadership. Topics addressed will include: Is compassion in the business world a strength, or a weakness? Are compassion and profit motives fundamentally incompatible, or can they support each other? What does compassionate leadership look like? Can compassion be trained at the individual level, and built into company policy? How does self-compassion support effective leadership and recovery from setbacks? Each class meeting will feature a guest speaker. Guests from the corporate or non-profit sectors will discuss the challenges of integrating compassion into business strategy and the work environment. Guests from the scientific field will discuss research on compassion as it relates to real-world challenges. Read more.

SOMGEN 275: Leadership and Strategy for Health Care Delivery
Instructors: B. Bohman, A. Milstein

Focus is on innovations in private, public, and academic healthcare delivery systems that achieve higher value care and the leadership needed to implement change in these organizations. Topics include cutting edge healthcare delivery strategies, lean processes, health information technology, and leading change. Guest speakers include leadership from Stanford Hospital and thought leaders from the Stanford faculty, McKinsey and Company, and venture capital. May be repeated for credit. Students enrolled for 2 units attend additional workshops and participate in quality improvement projects at Stanford Hospital. Read more.