In SIGM, learning takes place in and outside the classroom through a rigorous academic schedule, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities with leaders from a wide range of industries.
Many courses are taught using the case method, the same process used in Stanford MBA courses. Participants work on team projects and have small-group discussions that encourage diverse perspectives.
All SIGM sessions are taught by the same faculty who teach in the Stanford MBA Program. The core curriculum covers eight functional areas of business and assume no previous coursework in business-related subjects.
|Core Areas||Topics of Study|
|Finance||How does a business raise capital to finance its goals and objectives?|
|Accounting||How do companies use cost data and financial information to inform business practices?|
|Statistics||How do companies use data to make key decisions about the future of their business?|
|Economics||What are the market and industry forces impacting a business and how do companies plan for these forces? How does a firm make it’s pricing and product decisions?|
|Operations||How do businesses create products and services, and ensure their delivery to market in a timely and efficient manner?|
|Strategy||How does a business sustain its advantage over others with which it competes? How does it create and maintain a strong culture that feeds into its competitive advantage?|
|Talent Management||What strategies do companies use to recruit, train, reward and retain quality employees?|
|Marketing||How does a company identify its target markets and develop strategies for how to best reach them?|
|Functional Areas||Topics of Study|
|Negotiation||What are the tools businesses use to resolve differences, as well as to create and allocate resources to their best advantage?|
|Ethics||How do businesses resolve conflict fairly and efficiently?|
|Organizational Behavior||How do businesses assess their culture and use it to their advantage? How does companies foster teamwork?|
|Leadership||What are the key strategies for successful leaders?|
Participants attend workshops on resume writing, clarifying career goals, job search strategies, interviewing techniques, and public speaking. These workshops equip participants with the skills and information they need to get the jobs and internships they want.
SIGM offers participants networking opportunities with professionals from prominent Bay Area companies operating in a variety of industries. Business and nonprofit leaders with experience at companies such as Microsoft, Zynga, Stella & Dot, Gilt Groupe, Team Builder Ventures, and Francis Coppola Winery have been guest speakers in SIGM courses.
A unique component of the SIGM program is the opportunity for participants to visit multiple companies in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. Previous company tours have included Box, Google, and LinkedIn.
A Day in SIGM
Days typically begin with class sessions lasting until early afternoon, followed by professional development workshops and presentations from leading companies.
You can expect to spend two to three hours a day outside of class on homework, studying individually or in groups, and working on group projects. Readings and case studies must be completed before group meetings and class sessions so you can actively participate.