Stanford GSB invests gifts to the Business School Fund in new electives and developing academic leadership so faculty and students can understand and lead on big issues impacting business and society.
Expanding New Electives
The Business School Fund drives the development of new courses so faculty can quickly address emerging market trends and advancements in technology, such as leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics. To prepare students to lead in cutting-edge industries, recently introduced electives include Using Technology and Market Interventions to Solve Social Problems taught by Susan Athey, the Economics of Technology Professor, and Mohammad Akbarpour, assistant professor of economics. The course provides a conceptual framework that identifies strong candidates for market-shaping interventions, and reviews a number of problem areas and categories of solutions.
“We need to rethink market design to fit a world in which there is persistent inequality,” says Akbarpour.
Developing Academic Leadership
“Diversity is linked, again and again, to innovation,” says Sarah Soule, the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior. A senior associate dean for academic affairs, she also leads the school’s diversity and inclusion initiative. “If we don’t strive for diversity, we risk failing to innovate, and this is a real problem, especially in academic endeavors, where innovative ideas are the currency.”
To develop this diverse pipeline of future leaders in business academia, the Business School Fund invests in the Research Fellows Program. As a unique pre-doctoral educational opportunity, the GSB offers this two-year fellowship designed to provide valuable training and experience toward a career in academic research before applying to a PhD program in business and related fields. Three participants were recently honored as recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as they prepare for careers studying labor, climate change, and homelessness.